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Aston Villa are braced for this summer transfer tussle

By Gregg Evans as reported by the birmingham mail, Tyrone Mings has settled into life at Aston Villa with ease – and I’ve no doubt he will be playing regularly in the Premier League next season. Whether that will be with the claret and blues remains unclear at this stage. Villa need a serious transformation in the final 13 games of the season to have any chance of making a late push for the top six. And even if they do pull off a miracle recovery and win promotion. further discussions will be needed with Mings in the summer because there’s no option to sign him at the end of his loan spell from Bournemouth. I can’t help but admire his performances since signing, though. Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa Villa’s statistics – P4 L2 D1 W0 – with him in the team make for pretty grim reading. But that’s only half the story. Mings has actually tightened Villa up defensively and I’ve made him the club’s star performer on each of his four outings. Read More His debut at Reading was impressive despite the controversy that followed his collision with Nelson Oliveira. Villa insist it was an accident. The Royals claim it …read more

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Squad decimation chance for a fresh start?

By Alex Othon Aston Villa’s season took another nosedive toward midtable mediocrity at the weekend with a 2-0 defeat to near-neighbours West Bromwich Albion. Dean Smith’s promising start has given way to performances lacking in confidence and uncertainty and there is plenty of unrest amongst supporters right now. There are those that are already questioning Smith’s appointment. And whilst he isn’t immune from criticism, calling for his head at this early stage is quite frankly, ludicrous. Smith cannot be fairly judged until next season. Any real grumbles shouldn’t be taken seriously until the end of this calendar year the earliest if improvements aren’t clear to see. For me, there are signs of what Smith is trying to implement. It is clear that previous incumbent Steve Bruce left an unbalanced squad. With a group of players that are the antithesis to what Smith needs for his high pressing game to be effective. But he might be lucky in getting the chance to rectify that in a major way. As we’ve seen over the last several years, shifting certain players on and bringing in fresh replacements isn’t always that easy. Finding buyers for players who nobody really wants is extremely difficult. However, sculpting the squad this summer may …read more

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“Right Now As Aston Villa Fans We Are Hurting” – Our Time Will Come Again, But For Now, Some Humble Pie

By Mike Field first published by vital football.co.uk, Vital Villa member starchild65 reflects on the last few season’s for Aston Villa, and the rise of Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion taking the recent bragging rights and the upcoming second City against Birmingham. —– Writer: starchild65 Right now as Villa fans we are hurting. Our pride has taken some huge punches in recent times, mismanagement and ownership. No investment under Randy Lerner, stupid over-the-odds purchases under Dr Tony Xia. Relegation followed by mediocrity in the second tier and it seems a third season of not getting back to the promised land of huge wads of sky cash in the Premier League. In nearly all the years I have been (and I am still fiercely) proud to be Claret & Blue all I have ever really known (until the last few years) is being accustomed to seeing the Villa being the best team in the Midlands, top dogs season after season, finishing higher than our neighbours, seeing them go up and down like a yoyo whilst we remained to feast at the top table. We have lauded it over our rivals and rubbed their faces in it. We are Aston Villa we crowed proudly. Baggies had the mantle of top …read more

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“Right Now As Aston Villa Fans We Are Hurting” – Our Time Will Come Again, But For Now, Some Humble Pie

By Mike Field first published by vital football.co.uk, Vital Villa member starchild65 reflects on the last few season’s for Aston Villa, and the rise of Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion taking the recent bragging rights and the upcoming second City against Birmingham. —– Writer: starchild65 Right now as Villa fans we are hurting. Our pride has taken some huge punches in recent times, mismanagement and ownership. No investment under Randy Lerner, stupid over-the-odds purchases under Dr Tony Xia. Relegation followed by mediocrity in the second tier and it seems a third season of not getting back to the promised land of huge wads of sky cash in the Premier League. In nearly all the years I have been (and I am still fiercely) proud to be Claret & Blue all I have ever really known (until the last few years) is being accustomed to seeing the Villa being the best team in the Midlands, top dogs season after season, finishing higher than our neighbours, seeing them go up and down like a yoyo whilst we remained to feast at the top table. We have lauded it over our rivals and rubbed their faces in it. We are Aston Villa we crowed proudly. Baggies had the mantle of top …read more

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Villa Man Doesn’t Suffer “Serious Injury” Despite Initial Concern Following West Brom Defeat

By Mike Field first published by vital football.co.uk, One of the talking points from Aston Villa’s derby day defeat to West Bromwich Albion last weekend with the apparent injury sustained by January goalkeeping arrival Lovre Kalinic. The 28-year-old Croatian international goalkeeper took a knock to the head during the first half of the game after a challenge with striker Jay Rodriguez, and having received treatment, he did see the first half out but was replaced at the halftime break by Jed Steer. With head coach Dean Smith mentioning some ‘dizziness’ after the game but stating that he didn’t believe it would be a serious issue, Croatian’s Football Federation have given a speedy update on the issue and confirmed that it’s not a ‘serious injury’ after the required medical checks had taken place. “Representative goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic did not suffer serious head injuries on Saturday in the league match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.” When Smith does his next round with the press you would expect him to confirm this himself now checks have been done, so it is one less headache (no pun) as we go into the next game looking to get our results back on track. View the original post here… The …read more

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“We’re Building A Team” “Give Him A Good Rest” – Interesting Reactions From These Villa Fans To Suspension Confirmation

By Mike Field first published by vital football.co.uk, Following last weekend’s derby day defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, some Aston Villa fans have been seeking the positives following the confirmation that midfielder John McGinn will now serve an automatic two match ban after picking up ten yellows this season. The 24-year-old made it ten for the campaign at Villa Park last weekend and he will now miss upcoming clashes with Stoke City and Derby County, but it should mean he’s well rested for the Birmingham City match. Plenty of fans on social media reacting to the news actually saw that as a positive given the common belief he carries our midfield with his efforts, but it also represents an opportunity for someone else to step up and impress in his absence. We’re building a team. With McGinn out let’s see who steps in. We need to be about more than one person or even a handful of people. All hands on deck. — BigLongMings (@BLMings) February 17, 2019 Give him a good rest tbh, blessing in disguise — Raven (@eddie_r_22) February 17, 2019 Looks like we will have to play a 7- 0 – 3 formation then ????????‍♂️ — Gio …read more

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Aston Villa FC play-off chances dip into single digits

By Joshua Tonti First published by claretvillans.com BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa chats with team mate Tommy Elphick during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on February 13, 2019 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) Aston Villa 0-2 West Bromwich Albion: AVFC lose again by Joshua Tonti Aston Villa’s abhorrent form in 2019 has seen the club dip well out of the play-off picture with 13 matches remaining. With models projecting a < 10% chance of making it, what's required to see the claret and blues through? Aston Villa’s no-show performance on Saturday against local rivals West Bromwich Albion was the final ‘nail in the coffin’ for many on the Twittersphere. While not mathematically eliminated, most projection models emulate this hopeless feeling. FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index reveals a 5% chance of claiming a spot 3rd through 6th, with a 2% shot at promotion. Similarly, Experimental361 shows a 3% chance of climbing into the play-off realm. The situation obviously sucks, but there is consolation in knowing that Villa at least control their own destiny (sort of): 7 points from play-offs with most teams having a game or two in hand. …read more

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Steve Bruce tips new recruit to be a big success at Sheffield Wednesday

By thedroid From thestar.co.uk As debuts go, Dominic Iorfa could not have wished for a better start to his Wednesday career. The big defender, a £250,000 buy from Wolverhampton Wanderers on deadline-day, was the unlikely hero for the Owls as they salvaged a point at struggling Rotherham United on Saturday. Dominic Iorfa scored a late equaliser at Sheffield Wednesday Iorfa, a second half replacement for the injured Jordan Thorniley, poked home in the 10th minute of added on time to ensure Wednesday’s 43-year unbeaten league run at both Millmoor and the AESSEAL New York Stadium remains intact. With Owls boss Steve Bruce keeping defensive changes to a minimum since landing the Wednesday job, Iorfa has been forced to play the waiting game. But Bruce is convinced Iorfa, who is contracted to Wednesday until the summer of 2022, will be a big asset for the Championship club in the long-term. “He has been patient and, with the way the team has been, it has allowed him to settle in,” said Bruce. “The good thing with Dominic, Rolando (Aarons) and Achraf (Lazaar) is they have had two weeks or so with the group. It has given them a chance to get to know their team-mates. Fernando …read more

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‘Very real concern’ Dean Smith has been sent this Aston Villa message

By Shane Ireland as reported by the birmingham mail, Dean Smith faces a number of “tough decisions” this summer with another “overhaul” on the cards at Aston Villa. That’s the opinion of former striker Tony Cascarino who admitted there is “concern” at the club after a dreadful run of form. Villa were beaten 2-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez condemning Smith’s side to a defeat against their local rivals. That result means Villa have now won only twice in their last 14 matches in all competitions, slipping to nine points behind Bristol City in the final play-off spot. Dean Smith Smith admitted after the Albion loss that the task Villa face on making up the gap on the top six is “mathematically not over but getting harder for sure.” Read More Villa have a number of players out of contract at the end of the season and Cascarino told talkSPORT: “I think there is a very real concern. “There have been some issues that Dean Smith has spoken out about. “I think it’s two wins in 14 games. Dreadful run. They have really looked like an average team. Villa fans …read more

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Yannick Bolasie believes Aston Villa star is the best player in the Championship

By Luke Osman First published by readastonvilla.com Former Aston Villa loanee Yannick Bolasie believes that Jack Grealish is currently the best player in the Championship. The winger spent the first half of the season at Villa Park after joining from Everton temporarily until the end of the campaign. However, after flattering to deceive for his loan club, the deal was cut short. The Toffees proceeded to send the experienced attacker away again, with RSC Anderlecht snapping him up in a short-term move. Bolasie’s time at Villa did not go as planned, but it seems one player, in particular, made a lasting impression on him. In response to Soccer AM’s question of who the best player in the Championship is on Twitter, the DR Congo international was confident in his answer and tagged Grealish. Twitter: @SoccerAM @JackGrealish1 (@YannickBolasie) The playmaker is currently sidelined with a shin injury but is working his way back to full fitness as Dean Smith’s side make a late push for the play-offs. Yes Vote No Vote view original post here The post Yannick Bolasie believes Aston Villa star is the best player in the Championship appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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