A Snippet Of All Things Villa

Terrace Talk

We’re getting there. A three-word sentence that pretty much sums up my synopsis of all things Villa. Following the 1-1 draw at QPR on Saturday, it’s five points from a possible nine, a return that all Villans are more than content with. Furthermore we’ve only conceded a single goal in the last 270 minutes of football, although on the flip side our lack of goals is becoming increasingly worrying.

QPR Reaction
As expected, QPR came out all guns blazing determined to prove a point to new gaffer Harry ‘Houdini’ Redknapp, however Brett Holman’s 8th-minute goal against the run of play soon put an end to the roaring atmosphere ringing around Loftus Road. Villa’s lead didn’t last long though and just 10 minutes later Jamie Mackie netted to lift the crowd once again. An entertaining first period ensued. The fast pace forced many passing errors and interventions in a half that was played end-to-end. The second 45 minutes seemed to drag as Villa were hemmed in for much of it, yet El Ahmadi could have snatched the three points with a late effort that flew just wide of Rob Green’s post. QPR hit the woodwork twice and certainly created the best openings in a game that had very few clear goalscoring chances.

I felt that if either side had  committed fully and gambled then they’d have gone on to get a win. I’d have been very tempted to throw on Darren Bent for a 20-minute run out to see if he was capable of mustering up something from nothing, but Lambert, who did use all three substitutes, chose to ignore him yet again.

Transfer Window
The whole Bent debate brings me nicely onto the eagerly anticipated January transfer window, which opens in just 27 days’ time. I’m yet to find anyone that can give me a definite answer surrounding DB. Some say it’s internal politics, others say it’s financial and that not only are his wages not wanted on the wage bill but also should he make three further appearances then we owe Sunderland a further £6 million. The Mackems, along with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, and QPR have all been linked with a January swoop.

Once Bent departs we must find a replacement. An attacking quartet of Benteke, Agbonlahor, Weimann and Bowery just isn’t good enough in this division. Burnley’s current joint top Championship goalscorer Charlie Austin is a name that has been mentioned more than once, but one player I’ve always had great admiration for is in fact the man who scored against us on Saturday: Jamie Mackie.

If Redknapp does choose to strengthen his forward line then Mackie may become surplus to requirements, and at 27 years of age he’s just hitting his peak. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is a willing runner who always gives 110%. He’ll also chip in with a few goals. Mackie is a player that would suit Lambert’s hard-graft ethics down to a tee. I can’t see how another Robbie Keane six-game stint will be of benefit to us.

There’s a rumour doing the rounds that Liverpool’s £20 million flop Jordan Henderson is a man on Villa’s radar. A few weeks back I backed the argument that we could do with another central midfielder but I’ve been so impressed with young Westwood that I no longer think it’s a necessity, I’d rather we spent any funds we may have on a forward and a winger.

It would seem that Tom Ince is going to be out of our reach as a number of bigger and better clubs are in the mix for him, however his Blackpool teammate Matt Phillips has the potential of being a steal at just £6-8 million, especially if we can find a taker for N’Zogbia.

I’d also like to see us enter the market for some defensive cover. I doubt Richard Dunne will feature for Villa ever again, and so a centre-half wouldn’t go amiss.

Up Next
In-form Stoke City are the visitors this weekend in a match that wreaks of ugly. This will be a tough battle, particularly for our lightweight midfield, but I am very much looking forward to the battle between Benteke and Robert Huth. The key to this tie will be getting bodies in and around the Belgian powerhouse. We won’t be expecting to win much in the air but our pace going forward can cause any side problems.

I envisage that both Vlaar and Stevens will be back fit this weekend and available for selection. If so, I’d like to see Stevens come back in at left back with Baker retaining his spot alongside Clark in the middle, although the gaffer may well feel that experience should rule in what will be an extremely stern test both aerially and physically.

I’m backing us to continue with this little unbeaten run we’ve got going, and I can actually see us pipping it 2-1. Fingers crossed.

FA Cup Draw
Villa were handed a favourable third-round draw at home to Mick McCarthy’s Championship strugglers, Ipswich Town. It certainly isn’t a gimme and will be interesting to see what side Lambert opts to go with. I guess it all depends on where we’re at come the New Year, and whether or not we’re still in the Capital One Cup, because if we are that’ll mean we’re semi-finalists and in with a shot of some silverware.

Our fifth-round tie takes place next Tuesday evening as we lock horns with Norwich at Carrow Road, Lambert’s first return to the club he left in the summer. It’s sure to be a feisty affair, one where Villa will hopefully come out on top.

Up the Villa.

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  1. steamersteamer05-12-2012

    Hello Ryan,
    Very good leader, it could have been improved by adding a few obscenities and insults, but good nonetheless.
    I think it was Graham who was pushing Mackie a few weeks ago and also last week, he’s useful IMO. Wouldn’t take Henderson though even on a free. SWV reckons Altidore is nailed for January, i saw him play for Hull at VP and i was embarrassed for the lad, unbelievably pathetic, must have improved though, he’s still getting a game. I don’t believe we need any more strikers unless DB moves on as is probable, IMO. I think Baker has stepped up for CD, as has Williams, were well covered in numbers,if not quality at FB but MF really worries me, Ireland is very capable, but isn’t holding down a regular position, BB is hit a miss, Westwood, i like, KEA looks a little lightweight for his current role as does Delph, Zoggy ? who knows whats going on in his Gallic head ?
    IMO we need a butcher in MF and i don’t mean Pat.
    Nice to see you back OB, though you were lost in that wilderness in the video you posted .

  2. runtingsruntings05-12-2012

    good morning Ryan just posting a bit of speculation that sounds interesting.

    Aston Villa have joined the race for Serbian wonderkid Filip Jankovic but risk losing out to Roma.

    The 17-year-old has been tipped as a future star after breaking in to the senior squad at Red Star Belgrade.

    But he is not expected to hang around for long, with a string of clubs ready to take a £3m gamble and sign him.

    Reports in Italy have suggested that Villa are one of the clubs vying with Roma to land Jankovic, a classy playmaker.

    Scouts from Porto and Dynamo Kiev have also been impressed but it has been suggested that Villa and Roma are currently the front-runners.

    Read more at http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/121204/villa-keen-serbian-starlet-roma-leading-chase-186800#8kbIbOX5s4bE2mPs.99

    Read more: http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/121204/villa-keen-serbian-starlet-roma-leading-chase-186800#ixzz2EAZBgGJf
    Follow us: @talksport on Twitter

  3. runtingsruntings05-12-2012

    No doult Stoke is a really tuff game and no one really gets excited about playing them.
    I would like to think that again like QPR we can at least get a draw but its a real tuff game for the lads

  4. TrinityTrinity05-12-2012

    Hello Ryan,
    Nice leader. I’m looking forward to the different challenge that Stoke poses. They’re big and strong, but probably not as gifted skill-wise as teams we’ve played recently. We need to play at pace, faster than they can stomach. Midfield is a problem, too lightweight, yes. I might play Herd if he’s fit and give Bannan a rest. I hope Ireland plays. I think we’ll be okay in the forwards. I believe we can win it, but if Stoke get as many corners as QPR did, we’ll leak a couple of goals sooner-or-later. If we can out pass them and play at a fast pace down their end, we’ll nick it.
    UTV

  5. Graham O'GaraGraham O'Gara05-12-2012

    It doesn’t bother me what is behind BentGate… but it does bother me that is seem to be detracting from the good work on the pitch. It a huge distraction and a huge financial burden, I’d move him on. I joking said I hoped Chelsea would see DB9 as a short term answer to score goals… which he would for Chelsea flanked by players like Hazard and Oscar… There now seems to be some rumbling that there could be some truth in it… I just can’t see the Liverpool link with Rodgers… If Darren can’t play enough football for Lambert then he won’t for Rodgers either…. Newcastle is a no go… simply they would not pay his wages. The sooner he’s gone the better though and Rafa has expressed interest in Bent in the past… so fingers crossed we can con £20m out of them…

    I feel we do need a new CM… Westwood is not a holding player IMO… he is a knitter of play who will move up and down the pitch with the ball and just bring players in to the game with quick 1/2 touch passing. Karim too I feel i of a similar mode and Ireland oviously has a bit more creativity…. If we could pluck a monster from somewhere to anchor the midfield, protect the defence and provide some much needed power and pace through the middle I would be happy.

    There is also a lot of players this season for one reason or another than are coming toward the end of their contract… DiSanto at Wigan, Hangeland at Fulham and Simeon Jackson at Norwich for example….

    Ability will be just a important as attitude, hunger and professionalism in Lamberts squad and like it or not the squad will not be suddenly having 3 or 4 high class players parachuted in toit… A we can’t attract these types, B we can’t afford these types. We will have to once again mostly buy potential and develop.

    There are names names we could mention that are obvious to us, so I’ll sugest a few left field options I like the look of…

    Kuzmanovic (Stuttgart)- All round CM, Box to Box. Last six months of contract available for £4-6m

    Schwaab (Leverkusen) – Clever CB, 6ft 1″, strong and suited to the EPL. £3-4m

    Angoua (Valenciennes) – Strong CB. £2-3m

    Flamini – last 6 months of contract… even on laon to put him in the shop window… We know he can mix it in the EPL.

    Douglas – A name mentioned last season. Last 6 months of contract, won’t sign new one?

    Mackie I have mentioned in the past… but DiSanto would I think has more to his game and would be cheaper.

  6. southwestvillansouthwestvillan05-12-2012

    Ryan,

    Blimey this is tame considering yesterdays shallacking by JC, lets hope for a more sedate day today although to be fair it was god fun.

    Steamer,
    Got to know some Willem II lads who come over and watch some Bristol City games god only knows why but they like the cheap drink over here, anyway they have some mates up in AZ country who are convinced Altidore is coming to the Villa in Jan, lets be fair if Bent goes and frees up £80k a week PL could probably get four players in to cover that.
    Did you know that AZ Alkmaars nickname is the cheese farmers, gotta love that one.

    UTV

  7. B62 VillaB62 Villa05-12-2012

    Morning Ryan,
    A quite serene piece following the madness of John Clark ;)
    I agree we have improved in terms of points gained, and are leaking less goals at the back. We have been riding our luck as the performances haven’t been great, but at least we may have built a little confidence going into a tough set of fixtures. We can’t add to our squad for another month, so until then it’s a case of fire fighting trying to limit the damage as best we can.
    Against Stoke we need to take the game to them, we’re at home, we should make them nervous about coming to us not the other way round. Talking to the Albion fans at work following their defeat to Stoke, they all said Albion should have played their own game. Instead they fell into the trap of trying counter stoke and played a team with 6 changes, they played right into their hands and lost. We can’t fall into that trap as we don’t have the players to try them at their own game. We cannot just lump it forward to Benteke, Shawcross and Huth will lap it up. We need to play quick attacking football in their half and not give away silly free kicks or set pieces.
    As for Jan, I still feel this team is woefully short on quality, we desperately need 2 midfielders, and I agree we need a real midfield general or Butcher as Steamer puts it, but one that can play a bit as well unlike cattermole. It’s an emphatic NO for Henderson from me, he is an average footballer on a big money deal, let’s not help the scouse scum by taking all their high paid cr*p off them, that goes for Downing too, he has burned his bridges. We need a striker as do most teams, but for me mackie isn’t the man we need, he doesn’t get enough goals and this is one dept we are severely lacking. Altidore is a worry, if that is the quality Lambert seeks, then it is a worry, he was Dire in the championship.

  8. B6toBrasilB6toBrasil05-12-2012

    Morning Lifers neggos,possos and everyone in between.

    Very sedate and serene this morning,all love,peace and understanding.

    Ian welcome back,we had the lot yesterday didn`t we.Steamer`s lower bowel activity,dogs as a food source,JC casted as a NY cop,foul and abusive language and a bit of Villa thrown in too.Gentlemen I bid you good day until later.

  9. bibulusbibulus05-12-2012

    Steamer – hope the Huttons have left you now!
    Really looking forward to the match this weekend. 3pm KO and a home match – it all bodes well and its about time we got a little of what newcastle got the other night. It annoys me when the media nobbers say the match was ruined by the sending off ala Mr Dowd. Doubt you will find any Geordies who thought the match was spoiled just as no Villa fans believe Dowd was right to “find a loophole” to keep the entertainment value for the neutral when he handed the league cup to Fergusons rabble that day.
    I’m going for a villa win by 1 goal.
    Graham Db to chelsea for 20 mil, seriously now i heard that from a contact last month and laughed my Richard Dunnes off – could we be that lucky?
    UTV!

  10. Ryan PitcherRyan Pitcher05-12-2012

    Totally – today’s post is very tame in comparison to yesterday’s!

    Graham’s been on a scouting mission – Of the players you mentioned, Douglas is a great shout to be fair, whereas I feel Flamini wouldn’t want to take the substantial pay-cut to come back to the Prem, particularly to a club in Villa’s current predicament. Can’t comment on Angoua as I haven’t seen anything of him, but I am a huge fan of both Kuzmanovic and Schwaab, the latter I tend to buy quite often on Football Manager! It will be interesting as to what develops in January, and how much the board back PL.

    Steamer – interesting point you make about a true butcher style DM, someone who read my article this morning actually tweeted the exact same thing, a Tiote type player could hold the answer. Interestingly I had chosen to sweep that under the carpet, but I wouldn’t be adverse to us strengthening that position at all.

    Clever thinking B62 with regards to Stoke, I’ve never really thought about things as per the way that you mention it. I guess Stoke do have this cleverness about them, and use the way that others perceive them to almost give them a upper hand mentally. We must be positive and have a quick tempo to our play, a side to our game we haven’t seen for 24 months or so now. Although there have been signs of it this season in small spells, not wave-after-wave that we used to get the VP crowd in full voice & urging them forward with the bellow of the Holte.

  11. B62 VillaB62 Villa05-12-2012

    I think Steamer is on the phone to Terry Hurlock to see if he is available for our midfield.
    I have a worry that we keep coming up short for this particular type of midfielder having aid good money for both Makoun and KEA. They don’t use this type of midfielder as regularly in modern continental football, Petit and Viera excelled over here rather than in their native France, we may have to look closer to home for our ‘ Butcher’

  12. FremFrem05-12-2012

    stoke will be one of the hardest games yet and if we win it would be a brilliant 3 points. unfortunately i cant see us beating them. our record against them is cr*p and they have so much height and power.

    they are rock solid at the back and they just need a set play to beat anyone and they will always get corners and free kicks, its all they need.

    thats the thing, we need something special to beat someone , and we dont really have that in our locker. they just need a set play to beat someone

  13. FremFrem05-12-2012

    we are neither here or there with how we play. we are dreadful at set plays and we aren’t anything special from open play either so we are always going to struggle. when we were good a few years back, we had great balance. we were solid at defending set plays, we were very good at scoring them as well. we had great delivery in young, and two beasts in carew and laursen and off course we had quality from open play as well

    we have no balance to our side now, it needs to change in january. quality out field players, but also a CB who can score

  14. FremFrem05-12-2012

    steamer- what has SWV said about Altidore ??

    we should go for Mbia diouf or Mbourakri at Anerlet. we could do with another Benteke type player

    Wingers are the most vital thing we buy though in jan. we have no quality or balance

  15. FremFrem05-12-2012

    or wilfred Bony. hes a good striker

  16. Matt TurveyMatt Turvey05-12-2012

    Henderson?

    Just how much of a pay cut is he going to take, and how much of a loss are Liverpool going to have to accept for that to even begin to be viable?

    He isn’t top drawer, but isn’t going to cost a nothing amount in fee or wages either so I struggle to see why we would be interested on any level.

  17. B6toBrasilB6toBrasil05-12-2012

    I too hope the Henderson link is fiction,now that really would be a backward step.We don`t want or need Kenny D.`s flops.

  18. Ryan PitcherRyan Pitcher05-12-2012

    Yeah there’s no way I’d wanna’ take Henderson – I think that’d just idle gossip. To be honest I think the next few games between now and the New Year will play a huge part in determining just how much/if any funds will be given to Lambert. It’s all very tight in the bottom half, if we get a little run going we could quickly find ourselves mid-table and wondering what all the fuss was about. I reiterate – this season is going to be very low scoring on the points to keep you in the division.

    I have to agree with Frem that top of my wishlist is at least one quality winger, someone who has a great set piece delivery. As it was mentioned above, Bannan is hit or miss, and all to often his corners don’t even get past the first man which is ever so frustrating when we’ve got a few big men in there. Benteke would have fed well off someone of Ashley Young’s quality deliveries, so yeah a winger has to be priority.

  19. Matt TurveyMatt Turvey05-12-2012

    Ryan,

    A winger? Who would this winger have playing opposite him? Albrighton?

    Villa don’t have wingers and don’t play a formation that uses wingers so I’m interested as to why you think we should buy one or that we will buy one?

    Yes, Ashley Young played well, but we also had Downing around at the time and we were playing 4-4-2. Nowadays we play 4-2-3-1 and only have Albrighton on the books who plays as a traditional winger.

    So surely this would mean investing more money in even more wingers and, given the tactics employed, does this really make any logical sense to Lambert’s plans?

  20. B6toBrasilB6toBrasil05-12-2012

    Ryan

    I don`t agree re wingers,you don`t have to be a winger to deliver a quality FK or corner,but I do take your general point.We won`t see wingers under PL in the traditional sense,in actual fact there are very few in the game.
    Blimey is it ok to disagree after all the argy bargy yesterday?

  21. runtingsruntings05-12-2012

    Matt i agree with Frem in regards to the team needing wingers , but with the way we play it wouldnt be an out and out winger that just hogs the touchline but more in the mold of ash young or j milner who are players that can travel large distances with the ball at feet , are able to get into wide area’s and take people on as well as work back and protect the wing backs when the team are not in posession of the ball.

  22. AndrewAndrew05-12-2012

    We need Central attacking midfielders not wingers to play 4231.

    We need a nasri, mata, silva, sessagon, lalana, hoolan, oscar type players to play around the beast of Belguim.

  23. runtingsruntings05-12-2012

    I firmly do not agree that the system we play doesnt need wingers or width and imo until we get one or two guys that can take people on – go wide and wip in a cross or two we will continue to struggle to score goals

  24. B62 VillaB62 Villa05-12-2012

    We won’t see wingers at VP under Lambo, it’s a pity because I love it when they stretch the play and provide an outlet as well as a potent attacking force. However PL sees it differently and has rarely employed these tactics. Matts right we can’t afford wingers, as it would mean a dramatic change of direction. We would also need to buy at least one combatant of a midfielder ( which we do anyway), as well as the wingers. Perversely Bent would then thrive again, but I believe his fractured relationship with the club is beyond repair and he is as good as gone for as little as £8-10m. I did chuckle at the Chelsea link for £20m. Sturridge is being heavily linked with Liverpool for £15m and £80k pw. Way out of our league and why would he come here, a relegation battle is not most players idea of a step up.
    This is the struggle we are now in, we cannot attract the quality we so desperately need, although if we suffer 4 defeats in a row( a distinct possibility given the fixtures) it may force Randy to spend more than he envisaged, that is if he wants us to survive. Come what may I fully expect this club to be involved in a relegation battle right up til the end of the season. However should we survive fans won’t be patient if we start badly again next year. We need a big result Saturday , it’s going to be a big day and the first beer in the addies should be going down around mid day, this won’t be pretty let’s hope a few beers put a shine on it.

  25. TrinityTrinity05-12-2012

    Zoggy was supposed to be the answer to the winger that isn’t a real winger problem. He needs a Gallic psychiatrist to snap him out of his malaise, though. Hopefully, he’ll come right.

  26. steamersteamer05-12-2012

    Frem,
    SWV said -
    Got to know some Willem II lads who come over and watch some Bristol City games god only knows why but they like the cheap drink over here, anyway they have some mates up in AZ country who are convinced Altidore is coming to the Villa in Jan.

    When Ryan mentioned Downing and Young i thought of AVFC with this forward line -
    Young, Bent, Benteke, Milner, Downing : with Barry behind them, Laursen & Mellberg in CD, where did it all go wrong ?

  27. FremFrem05-12-2012

    andrew- ye there the kind of players i mean. very clever creative players. im sick of holman and gabby trying to do it and we played AW out wide and it didn’t work.

    we need two inside forwards with ireland between them and benteke up. we need another benteke as well. i like AW as a striker but thats all we have up top. if we dont get more creative players, we are f**ked

  28. FremFrem05-12-2012

    delph, gabby, holman and dunne should all be moved on in january and replaced with quality players

  29. Matt TurveyMatt Turvey05-12-2012

    Frem,

    Inside forwards are more feasible, but then we already have Holman and N’Zogbia who play those roles.

    When is Charlie back to fitness? He really needs to start contributing something over the rest of this season or it is going to be a real wasted opportunity.

  30. B6toBrasilB6toBrasil05-12-2012

    B62

    As you suggest it won`t be pretty versus Stoke,it`ll be very stop start lots of FKs.We just have to dig in as a team and I know this will upset the neggo,s but, I think we will win.
    It`s points we need not wingers,we can`t afford to utilise them it creates a too open game, and ball retention goes down.
    COYVB

  31. Matt TurveyMatt Turvey05-12-2012

    PS I am with B6 on this – spread the midfield too wide with wingers and we will end up even less possession and even more need for longer balls.

  32. runtingsruntings05-12-2012

    I am on my own on this ;) but i think our team is crying out for top class wide players but as i pointed out before they still need to fit into the same solid shape we have now when we don’t have the ball

  33. Ian GibsonIan Gibson05-12-2012

    S teamer,
    It all went wrong due to instant results needed and an insatiable urge to tinker. Admin, managers, and players are guilty of this. No one is willing to put time in and work with what they’ve got. It’s like giving your kids the remote and watching them try to get happy with one program.
    Surely there are good players who would give Villa some thought regardless of their position in the table. To be in on the ground floor and be a part of building a team would appeal to some. Team spirit and all that.
    Another tie with the game against Stoke. Is it me or are Villa’s passing a little on the slow side? Maybe because it’s on TV, I can see the thought going into a pass but a lot of them don’t seem to have that real crisp touch to them and opposing players have the chance to collect them or at least challenge for them.
    Not home yet, but I have a connection here. Only 570 km to go.

  34. B6toBrasilB6toBrasil05-12-2012

    Runtingz

    We need to utilise the whole pitch and that includes width,but I don`t think we need traditional wingers to achieve this.A lot of teams work the ball and their movement to get players into wide positions for delivery.At the moment we are in a relegation scrap and need to be more cautious and pack the MF.
    Width is very topical as we need to prevent Stoke from delivering from wide in open play,although we can`t do much about their delivery from dead balls.

    Note to self -don`t mention how rubbish we are at FKs

  35. John ClarkJohn Clark05-12-2012

    Ian-

    Indeed. If you can go out and get Benteke and Vlaar, you can find other players. England offers more money than most the rest of the continent; the EPL is a big stage, even if playing for lesser teams; you get the chance to impress and make a move to a bigger club.

    So I don’t worry about attracting players. Different story than the Clint Dempsey situation.

  36. John ClarkJohn Clark05-12-2012

    And yes, the passing is a bit a slow, or it’s too fast. That’s been the real issue as the side comes together, finding a rhythm.

    When we’re facing an organized defense, it can take us too long to work the ball. No one is really getting pulled out of position, nothing is really getting opened up.

    Funnily enough on the other hand, when we break, we often do it too quickly and either lose control even as we’re pulling our own side out of shape, or we get down the other end, and decide that something has to be played in immediately even if the opportunity has gone. Instead, that’s when it’s time to pull it back, find an outlet so as to keep possession, regain shape, and prevent a poor ball that opens a quick counter.

    The “too fast” is why we don’t close games out well, and why we’re often on the wrong end of possession stats. Other teams will slow it down, play it back, switch sides and probe for openings.

  37. FremFrem05-12-2012

    Matt- Holman ain’t good enough and zoggy is to greedy. saying that, he was very good when we beat city zoggy but he din’t play much after.

    Gabby, Holman, and AW wont create much in the final 3rd. AW is a good striker though

  38. B62 VillaB62 Villa05-12-2012

    Matt,
    Just out of interest what was the final bid for the Saville Rogue scarf

  39. Matt TurveyMatt Turvey05-12-2012

    B62,

    We didn’t receive any bids so Lee (Southwest) has agreed to donate it directly to Acorns where they will auction it off and keep the proceeds.

  40. steamersteamer05-12-2012

    Blimey, two posts from John and no profanities in either.

    Runtingz,
    Very confident of signing the Serb, who in their right mind would choose Rome before Birmingham ? I’ve heard that the club have booked him a suite at the Lozells Hilton.
    Those three coins in a fountain are probably more than PL’s transfer budget for January.

  41. bibulusbibulus05-12-2012

    Ian – 570 km to go ? Have you just been to see your neighbors or the local store?
    I agree with the need for better passing – i was frustrated a number of times watching this season when players take too many touches and also see our player regularly failing to take a pass, dribble closer to their target and then play the pass that was open before dribbling. I believe this is down to the team still understanding each others movement and range along with partnerships around the pitch still forming. this for me is where the fans are becoming frustrated and maybe why we have seen some venting their ire recently.
    Still, our play has definitely improved and we are seeing better movement (any is an improvement on last season).
    Anyone else watching worlds strongest man? – quality – Shahlaei is the type we could do with in midfield come january – sure i just saw Henke in the crowd.
    UTV!

  42. Niall MooneyNiall Mooney05-12-2012

    Am I the only one who thinks we need a left full in January ahead of any other signings?? Enda Stevens has done well in patches for someone coming from the League of Ireland but he’s nowhere near the finished article. Joe Bennett has drove me mad (giving the ball away)at the games I’ve attended so far this season so I personally would like to see us strengthen in that position. The problem is, who do we get in? Good LB’s are quite hard to find these days.

  43. steamersteamer05-12-2012

    Too true Niall,
    If Cashley Mole is rated the best LB in the World somethings wrong, the blokes a liability, good job he’s a cockney otherwise he’d never have got a cap. Can you imagine him skipping down the wing dreaming of Cheryl and bumping into proper FB’s like Paulo Maldini or Antonio Cabrini ? or even Mike Summerbee, a winger who was harder than a full back.

  44. B62 VillaB62 Villa05-12-2012

    I did try and bid but it was too difficult off me phone, as long as Acorns get something out of it.

  45. J.P. WilsonJ.P. Wilson05-12-2012

    i love the talk on here today! way positive! cant wait for jan players! i expect 3. 2 experienced and a younger player.

    if bent goes, there are only a few people id like to come in, im mentioning some not said-

    -Gary Hooper- CL quality player, but wants to play in england to get that england call up, has a better goal ratio that bent, and better all around player, could play well off Benteke. 5-8 mil.
    - John Guidetti- another younger player, i believe is 21, but he had a great season on loan in the dutch league last year, 23 goals in 20 games. Plays for man city but never gets time, i bet he’d kill to get regular time in the EPL, cost, 2-4mil.

  46. FremFrem05-12-2012

    apparently we have put a 18 mull price tag on DB. Wr aint gunna get that

    We would be crazy to sell to qpr. He would score hay fulls of goals at them, like he had everywhete but us. Typical villa

  47. Ian GibsonIan Gibson06-12-2012

    Bibulus,
    Probably less that 100,000 people living in that 570 km. took me 6 and bit hours to do. Check out Highway one through British Columbia on Google maps street view.

  48. Ian GibsonIan Gibson06-12-2012

    Start at Shuswap Lake-about the middle of the province.