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Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by FoxyAV on Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:53 pm

Bryan said he wanted to go to Fulham because he liked the way they play football. It was clearly wages and PL vs Championship and you can't blame him for that but I kind of like the subtle dig at Bruce's football style!
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by STO67 on Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:25 pm

A sly dig at Bruce's football style? Is that the style that failed to lose to Bristol City home or away last season and actually dismantled and ended them at Villa Park? Crack on Joe.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by FoxyAV on Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:19 pm

With the players we had my three-year-old son could pluck a name out of the hat for each position for a starting 11, stand in the dugout, have a chat with the players at halftime, not make any substitutions (or pull names from a hat) or change anything to affect the game and do as well as Bruce did last season. It's quite possible the bunch of players could have a chat before each game and work out how best to play. I can guarantee neither Hogan nor Kodjia would want to be playing aerial hit-and-hope.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by FoxyAV on Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:13 am

Ok, that was a bit harsh. I do think Bruce is good at a lot of stuff, just not his style of football or changing a game once it's underway - with tactics, substitutions and positions of players. Hull's team cost a fraction of ours but put on a much better show the other day with play that was very easy on the eye. With a bit more work on their defence and the strikers' heads in gear they could well end up punching well above their weight. We have the attacking players to make that style of play work, especially with Grealish orchestrating it all, and look great when we do get players forward but so often we give the ball away and knacker out our striker chasing shadows. Ignoring how much money or which league are involved, if as a defender you could choose between a team that's on the defensive all the time or one that plays free-flowing attacking football what would you do?
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by Saunders82 on Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:25 pm

@FoxyAV wrote: Bryan said he wanted to go to Fulham because he liked the way they play football. It was clearly wages and PL vs Championship and you can't blame him for that but I kind of like the subtle dig at Bruce's football style!

Came off injured today so a bit of Karma there lol! lol!
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by FoxyAV on Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:07 pm

I like the story suggesting we could take Shane Long on loan. That's the Shane Long who back in 2011 while playing for the Baggies fouled Hutton in revenge for an earlier foul, and then Hutton finished the job and put Long out for months. The Shane Long who always ups his game when playing against us. I'd love him on loan but can't see it ever happening (see Gary Gardner going to Blues...).
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by De Kuip on Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:07 pm

We are being linked with so many atm that I'm sort of not following too closely on purpose as it's doing my head in.
I really hope we get some good loans in but this hour by hour stuff is too frantic for me.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:09 pm

Sam Gallagher would be a good loan as we need a physical presence up front especially in this league.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by De Kuip on Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:16 pm

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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by FoxyAV on Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:01 pm

I was at Wet Spam today watching them collapse to Bournemouth and Snoddy played the first half and into the second. He looked nice and sharp and played some good football albeit on the right of the middle row in a 4-3-3. It looks like he's staying there this season.

Carlos Sanchez came on in the second half and kept passing it sideways. It's good to know he learnt something at Villa.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by Saunders82 on Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:51 pm

Bolasie is supposed to be at BMH for talks we are trying to highjack the Boro
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by VillaBill on Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:16 pm

Matt Targett too, I’ve read, let’s hope we get a decent LB, who was the last good LB we had, Alan Wright ?
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:25 pm

@VillaBill wrote:Matt Targett too, I’ve read, let’s hope we get a decent LB, who was the last good LB we had, Alan Wright ?

Can he play right back, as we are a bit short in that position?
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by VTID85 on Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:39 pm

@Saunders82 wrote:Bolasie is supposed to be at BMH for talks we are trying to highjack the Boro

Can't keep up with this one, first he's a wanted man then it's a no-go as he won't leave the Prem now he's having talks with us....madness.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by Saunders82 on Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:43 pm

Greg Evans reckons we have got Bolasie and targett is looking promising
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:18 pm

@VTID85 wrote:
@Saunders82 wrote:Bolasie is supposed to be at BMH for talks we are trying to highjack the Boro

Can't keep up with this one, first he's a wanted man then it's a no-go as he won't leave the Prem now he's having talks with us....madness.

Think this one could be risky, potentially far too good for the championship if in the right frame of mind!
McCormack still pisses me off, don't think I could stand another.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by Dazzle on Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:26 am

IF we secure Bolasie and Targett then I would say we have better players this season than we did last. Granted it might take a few games for Bolasie to get back into his stride but he is, arguably, a better player than Snodgrass. A CB I would have thought must surely be on our wanted list but I’ve seen nothing linking us anywhere? Then I think it’s between Abraham and that lad from Watford for striker?
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:45 am

@Dazzle wrote:IF we secure Bolasie and Targett then I would say we have better players this season than we did last. Granted it might take a few games for Bolasie to get back into his stride but he is, arguably, a better player than Snodgrass. A CB I would have thought must surely be on our wanted list but I’ve seen nothing linking us anywhere? Then I think it’s between Abraham and that lad from Watford for striker?

Perhaps Bruce really thinks that Jedinak is the answer at CH!
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by deadbuzzardalive on Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:52 am

Bolasie would be an excellent signing if he could get anything like back to his best form... However according to L'Equipe we're in talks with Lille to sign Anwar El Ghazi, who's also a winger, would be surprised if we're getting both, considering we're only allowed five loans in a match day squad, and ideally we still need a defender, a striker, and a left-back.

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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by De Kuip on Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:48 am

Bolasie and El Ghazi looking imminent now.

Also looking like the Tammy abraham story isnt going away either.

Just wondering which of them Bruce will be playing at rb Laughing

If they do both sign I'm thinking that's the final 2 nails in Albert's Villa coloured coffin.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by Dions_Bald_Head on Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:05 am

Remember when Uncle Alberts goals were keeping us in the running...?
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:45 am

Hope Bolasie isn't too quick, we don't have players in the box even now at our pedestrian pace!
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:02 pm

I think that ends the Snodgrass rumours which is probably right although you can't knock his assists and goals from last season.
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by FoxyAV on Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:26 pm

Albert's a cracking player but I wonder if he'll stay in case of injury to Green or Bolasie? Oh, of course not, we have Elmo.

That Bruce left the side last season unchanged (no matter how bad the players were) until a player was injured makes me worried that Jedi may stay at CB. It's madness to move Chester out of position to accommodate someone who just isn't good enough (Elphick) but when we have a CB ready and waiting and Bruce won't play him at CB it must be because he's not experienced or big enough. Old dog, new tricks. But then if Bruce places a premium on experienced heads and promotion experience then why play Jedi out of position at CB (especially when it's been proven he doesn't work there) when Elphick has the same experienced head and promotion experience and is at least a defender?

I have a very left field suggestion: James Collins. Out of contract at West Ham, considered by my West Ham family to still be very good at his job and they're missing him there now. His contract expired at the end of June and they declined to renew it. Is 35 too old for a CB?
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Re: Summer transfer window/Firesale 2018

Post by achilles on Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:33 pm

I think James Collins would do an excellent job for a season to get us promotion, all depends on his terms though.
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