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  1. Claret and Blue
    Claret and Blue November 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm . Reply

    Do you think we can get Bouma out of retirement??!! Legend and much needed right now. I don’t even want to begin comapring him to our current LB’s (bar Amavi who looks the part)

  2. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum November 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm . Reply

    Interesting piece but did you have to include Milner! Oh the woe!!!

  3. Ardent Villain
    Ardent Villain November 20, 2015 at 8:15 pm . Reply

    Both Harewood and Shorey were MON signings [technically so was Milner, but he’d already played for us on loan and was about to sign for us under DOL the following season until Newcastle pulled the plug on that deal as the player was driving down to VP!] – and both were considered ‘odd’ at the time, as well as being over-priced.

    Just shows that first impressions are sometimes spot-on; neither of them impressed even remotely at Villa, and their subsequent career paths confirm that they were simply not much use anywhere else either!

  4. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion November 20, 2015 at 9:43 pm . Reply

    It is a significant fact, one we ought to keep quiet, that very few players who were first team regulars at VP leave and get better at their new club. Arguably James Milner is the most recent, IMO he improved at City, though I see you disagree – he certainly was not a first choice player that often at City but he proved many times that he ought to have been.

    Before him? Well Cahill improved but was not a first team regular, so it would be Peter Crouch, whose all round game got better once he left us. Too soon to comment about Benteke, Barry maintained his Villa form at City but did not improve. Most of the others declined, even Dwight Yorke.

    Since the Premier league started how many of the players who thought they were moving up on leaving VP, got to Spaghetti Junction and joined the Southbound lane of the M6? Very few.

  5. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 November 21, 2015 at 12:06 am . Reply

    Steve Davis at Southampton was another MON balls up.

  6. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 November 21, 2015 at 1:42 am . Reply

    I’m bored! Noticed that Karen Brady and Shabby are both listed by bookies for being first Lord Mayor of Brum. Wonder what the criteria might be?

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