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  1. bencey83
    bencey83 May 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm .

    I’d like to see us sign Ben Davies from Tottenham. Underated and underused player. Still only 22 and can play left back or centre half. Better than all our other options, in my opinion.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew May 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm .

      Good shout, was better than Shaw last season, hasn’t developed at all this season, playing 2nd fiddle to Rose.

  2. Badger123
    Badger123 May 12, 2015 at 7:48 pm .

    Hmm, I’m not sure the criticism of Guzan is fair.
    I think we forget he’s been our MOTM loads of times over the last season or two.
    But agreed, he has been poor at times, more so lately, which makes me think we’re just not allowing him a poor run of form.
    I’d assume that’s why Parkes was bought in and I think Guzan will be given a chance and won’t be going anywhere in the summer.

    As for the article, can’t see much wrong with your assessment Adam, although I’d be a bit sad for Weimann. Play him in the middle and he’d get goals.
    But I don’t see that happening.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew May 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm .

      Fair argument, just seems odd since Howard retired from International football, Guzan’s gone down hill. Like he doesn’t need to try anymore.

      Weimann will get goals, averages a goal or assist every 3.3 games. He’s creative, has quality and can play off the striker really well. Unfortunately he won’t get that. Needs a move for his career.

    2. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain May 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm .

      I don’t think that Guzan’s getting a lot of stick; and as mentioned earlier, agree that he’s one of the main reasons why we’re still in the division.

      I just believe that he’s already as good as he’s likely to be, and possibly that’s not a level which the team would need if they were to be competitive higher up the table.

      Mind you, I suppose that along with Weimann and a few others, he’s suffered from the one glaring problem at Villa [IMO] since Houllier left – abysmal coaching, if any real coaching at all – possibly why several players just don’t appear to have developed as they were expected to do?

  3. bencey83
    bencey83 May 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm .

    Agree that Weiman has been ruined by Lambert and crew. A lot of players seemed to go backwards over the last couple of seasons.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain May 12, 2015 at 10:47 pm .

      McLeish, Lambert – neither seem to have paid much attention to hands-on coaching themselves, nor had the sort of assistants who might have done some serious work with the players. ‘Training’ isn’t the same thing as ‘coaching’.

      It seemed to me that once a player ‘made it’ as a first-team squad regular, and so passed out of the hands of Kevin McDonald and Sid Cowans, their progress stopped. Then when you add what looks to have been a completely ‘dead’ backroom atmosphere under Lambert, it’s hardly surprising that some regressed.

  4. Andrew
    Andrew May 12, 2015 at 11:28 pm .

    Three reported parties have bid for Villa according to the Telegraph. That Smith guy and now two unnamed for obvious reasons reportedly.

  5. Dave.C
    Dave.C May 13, 2015 at 12:13 am .

    Always thought Benny Siegrist would go on and be our No.1 keeper one day, heard such good things about him but he never seems to be able to make the breakthrough. Just hope we don’t get rid and he goes on to be world class at another club!

    1. Andrew
      Andrew May 13, 2015 at 3:04 am .

      Broke his leg in training and is out of contract. Hope we sign him up for another year or two still.

        GIDDYVILLAN May 13, 2015 at 10:32 am .

        Andrew are you an insomniac????

        1. Darren
          Darren May 13, 2015 at 11:16 am .

          Unless he isn’t from the UK? I post at seemingly ridiculous times sometimes cause im Aussie.

          1. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN May 13, 2015 at 11:23 am .

            Good thinking that never crossed my mind.

        2. Andrew
          Andrew May 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm .

          Well I am from the U.S., but yes I also am actually an insomniac so it’s a yes.

  6. Darren
    Darren May 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm .
  7. Benno
    Benno May 14, 2015 at 3:01 am .

    I would be gutted if he doesnt give Gil a chance. Would love to see him playing where Nzogbia is right now, see how he did with Grealish and Benteke around him.

    The others probably all need to move on. Helenius is a weird one, but the others never really cut it at the top level. I’m disappointed with Weimann as when he first came onto the scene, he looked like he would develop into a top striker, but he seems to have gotten worse over the last 2 years! Having said that he has been played out of position a lot.

    Lowton is too slow, Luna cant defend, Sylla and Tonev are championship players at best. More money wasted by Lamberk.

  8. Langfordvilla
    Langfordvilla May 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm .

    £200,000 fine for so called pitch invasion. The FA is a fucking disgrace. We should appeal this outrageous fine IMO

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain May 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm .

      Don’t think you’ll get any change out of the FA on this one.

      They’re taking pitch-incursions very seriously: since the incident at VP there’s been the abandonment at Blackpool, and another incident where an opposition player was allegedly assaulted by home fans at the end of a game, just a week or two back.

      I think the view is that especially in the Prem, clubs are getting a fortune in income; police attendance at games is being cut back due to government spending cuts, so clubs will have no choice but to spend much more on stewarding to keep fans away from the pitch at all times. Wouldn’t be very surprised if in the summer there wasn’t some announcement of points-deductions for any incidents next season.

  9. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla May 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm .

    Fair points, but it was hardly a ‘serious invasion’ where people were under any threat. I dont think the punishment fits the crime on this occasion…there have been far worse ones since the VP one!…..the reason why the fine is so big is because it was hyped up so much by the BBC! Thats my opinion anyway!

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain May 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm .

      I don’t disagree with you overall.

      However, ‘hyped-up’ is one way of looking at it – the other is that this was a high-profile game shown live on national TV, and as far as I’m aware it was the first large-scale pitch incident at a Premier League ground in a long time [I don’t include the two idiots doing their ‘publicity stunt’ at White Heart Lane in the EUFA game!]. Personally I’m just glad that the ref didn’t abandon our game even at that late stage…

      In general I just feel that ‘football crowd’ issues are too much in the news again for the FA to ignore: we’re just about coming up to the 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster; Bradford fire back in the news, Hillsborough enquiries rumble-on. All different, but all just remind the FA, and probably the regulators, that football crowds can cause/suffer massive injuries.

      Up until a few months ago there seemed to be some progress towards bringing-back standing areas at games in the UK, even if on a trial basis somewhere, and Villa were one of the bigger clubs backing those proposals. Haven’t heard any mention of that in recent months, and I suspect that it’s probably been dropped again – for a long time. The incident at VP didn’t exactly help that cause…

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