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Various (Weak) Transfer Rumours

Alva Negredo. A few Internet sources have us linked to the 23 year-old Spanish striker, who currently plays for UD Almeria. He formerly played for Real Madrid, who have a buy-back option (believed to be around £5m) so if we are interested then it may be a moot point anyway.

Almen Abdi. Labelled as ‘the new Gareth Barry’ (!) in one report, this is a 22 year-old Swiss play-maker who plies his trade with Swiss side FC Zurich. I know nothing else about him other than he scored a couple of penalties against us in a pre-season friendly last summer.

Jose Manual Jurado. He is an Athletico Madrid player currently on loan at Mallorca, and is another midfielder aged 22. He is quoted as saying:

“To play in the Premier League would be magnificent, as it is a top division, but I have not spoken to anybody as yet.”

(source: http://www.goal.com/)

This would suggest that our being linked to him has no real credibility in it and I can not really say how I feel about that because if I have seen him play, then I have no memory of it.

Dickson Etuhu. Another player that doesn’t really spring to mind although I probably have seen him play. This fella is Nigerian, plays for Fulham and is 26; once again, he plays in midfield.

I would expect much more of this over the next few weeks, and then another summer of expectation, disappointment, delight and frustration!

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April 2, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Transfer Rumours | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Reserves Fall Short

Despite Dominick Hofbauer opening the scoring on 38 minutes, Spurs won 2-1 thanks to two penalties on 41 and 59 minutes.

Nathan Delfounso had a goal ruled out for offside half-way through the first half, and Elliot Parish actually saved the second penalty only for the ref to decide it needed to be taken again.

While there is no guarantee, it is still extremely likely that we will win this title, and it may happen in the next game, which is at home to Fulham on April 20th.

The best news of all is that Wilfred Bouma started and played 84 minutes. I for one can’t wait to see him back in a Villa shirt, although I would imagine he may not be back to his best until next season.

I am not available for updating tomorrow but will be back on Wednesday. If this site grows and gets big enough, I will add at least more writer so we can keep it updated on a constant basis.

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March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Match Review, News, Reserves/Academy, Summary, Tottenham Hotspur | Leave a comment

Big Night For The Reserves

If they win tonight, they win the league. It is likely they will win it anyway, but obviously it would be great to do it this evening. They are away to Spurs, and the game is to be played at Brisbane Road, the home of Leyton Orient.

Wilfred Bouma plays tonight, as does Nicky Shorey and Nathan Delfounso. Hopefully Bouma will be signing off from reserve duty tonight by helping them to win the league. Of course, he may play a couple more games yet but I think he will be back in the team against either Manchester United or Everton.

Villa: Elliott Parish, Eric Lichaj, Wilfred Bouma, Jonathan Hogg, Matthew Roome, Nathan Baker, Andreas Weimann, Nicky Shorey, James Collins, Nathan Delfouneso, Dominik Hofbauer.

Subs: Harry Forrester, David Bevan, William Grocott, Richard Blythe, Andreas Stieber.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Everton, Leyton Orient, Manchester United, News, Reserves/Academy, Tottenham Hotspur | Leave a comment

Everton K.O. change

The game against Everton will now kick-off at 2.00 rather than 1.30. The date – Sunday April 12th (Easter Sunday) – remains unchanged.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Everton, News | Leave a comment

Sunday Round-Up, 29/3/09

A few Internet sources are reporting that Ashley Young is off to Chelsea. Personally, given that Hiddink is not on a long-term contract, I think it is absolutely ludicrous to suggest Chelsea are looking to sign anyone.

There are the usual Barry-to-Liverpool reports. This will go on again every day until there is definitive movement either way.

Marlon Harewood says he has no hard feelings towards Martin O’Neill.

Finally, Emile Heskey has pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring injury, which will make him a doubt for Manchester United. In all honesty, I would not play him anyway, as I would go with Carew up top, as I keep repeating I want us to play 4-5-1 (although that side, unless we play 5-5-5, I can not see us winning at Old Trafford!) and not 4-4-2.

Thankfully, we have a game next weekend so business will start to pick up!

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary, Tactics, Transfer Rumours | 1 Comment

Friday Round-Up, 27/3/09

Not a lot happening in Villa World, what with it being international week.

So, a quick bullet point summary is:

  • Gabby has pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring injury
  • Steven Defour has talked up a move to B6
  • Gordan ‘Sid’ Cowans has urged the club to give Stilyian Petrov a new deal (I concur)
  • Freddie Bouma has declared himself practically ready for the first-team
  • The ‘Old Stars’ are celebrating their 50th year

I’m sure the action will pick up soon!

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary | 1 Comment

The Week In Villa #31

Available here.

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Summary, Vital Football | 1 Comment

See ya Marlon

Likeable-but-very-average striker Marlon Harewood has moved on loan to Wolves until the end of the season.

Marlon was a good impact player last season in his super-sub capacity, but has been very ineffective – and rarely used – this term.

I highly doubt he will play for Villa again, and I wish him all the best in his career.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, News | Leave a comment

Bouma Plays For Reserves

Wilfred Bouma played his second reserve game tonight since his rehabilitation from injury. Brilliantly, he set up the winning goal, scored by Academy goal machine James Collins. The result was 1-0, and the opposition were Stoke.

Villa: Parish, Lichaj, Bouma, Hogg, Clark, Baker, Albrighton, Weimann, Collins, Shorey, Hofbauer.

Substitutes: Grocott, Dau, Forrester, Blythe, Mikaelsson.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Reserves/Academy | Leave a comment

Liverpool Review

Five bloody Nil.

That was harsh. Not saying we necessarily deserved to not get beat, but 5-0 was VERY harsh. Speaking of harsh, the Brad Friedel sending off was unnecessary in my opinion. That said, I am a fan of Brad Guzan and I think he will do fine.

As for the game; well I have been telling anyone that is willing to listen – and many people that are not willing to listen! – that we should not play 4-4-2. As soon as I saw the team, my heart sank. The thing is, it is not like we played badly, but the point is that tactically we were asking for trouble.

I love MO’N, I would struggle to name someone we could get that I would rather have. But tactically he can be very frustrating and his transfer policy, although not as bad as come people make out, definitely has a negative side.

Gerrard had a free reign, as I predicted he would. Barry and Petrov were given an uphill task. At times we were too deep which left far too much ground to cover for the midfield. Overall, the manager lost this game for us as much as any of the players. Knowing MON, he will of course take responsibility and rightly so. I just fear that he will not take the appropriate steps to rectify things.

With Manchester United to come, we can consider that a write-off and anything is a bonus. From there though, we have seven difficult-but-winnable games. Hopefully, Arsenal will get beat by United and Liverpool as they battle it out for the title, and they still have Chelsea to come.

So if we can get out the rut and pick up get somewhere between 17-21 points between now and the end of the season, we have a fighting chance. Anything less and we can kiss 4th goodbye and will have to start looking behind our shoulders.

We hope the rot stops at Old Trafford, but we know it HAS to against Everton.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Aston Villa, Match Review | 1 Comment