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  1. Why stop at an immediate sacking? Find those people and stab them in the heart so they can feel what Eriksen felt, why don't we. 

     

    The response to these kinds of mistakes are always so melodramatic. Also, it's the fault of the TV producers who control the telecast surely, not the camera people. 


  2. On 26/12/2019 at 13:07, 3 Stacks said:

    Written by : 3 Stacks.

     

    As any hopeless romantic knows, love is a fleeting emotion. It is ever so hard to find, but when we do find it, our previously dour lives gain meaning. This is why we crave love, we chase love. And when we find that special person who makes us feel, we are willing to do anything for them. This is why I was compelled to write this article. 

     

    I never thought I would find another. When I first laid eyes on that lovely French-Tunisian lad I thought; this is it. The tanned caramel skin tone, the curly brush cut, the left peg crafted by the Gods themselves. I gave my heart to Hatem Ben Arfa. I followed first, his stint on the North East at Newcastle, where he dazzled Geordies with his tantalizing skill. I remember where I was when I watched his solo goal against Bolton Wanderers. I'll never forget that moment. I supported him through the hard times, because that's what love is all about. Although, I couldn't bring myself to watch him at Hull. There are limits after all. But my joy rekindled during his time at Nice and, subsequently, at Rennes. His time at PSG in the middle of those two stops, I'd rather not talk about. Too emotionally charged. Too painful. I still haven't recovered from the heartache, although better times followed.

     

    As shown, love has its ups and downs. And now, with Hatem being out of work I thought that was it. Was my first footballing true love going to be my only experience of this wonderful emotion that we all cherish so much as human beings? Was this tumultuous relationship destined to be a singular experience with no other player able to fully capture my heart?

     

    And then, this season, I saw. I saw him. And wonderfully, my heart skipped a beat, once more. The slicked back blond-streaked mane, the low shin pads revealing the greatest legs I'd ever seen since a young Alison Brie, the way time seems to stop when he gets on the ball. Jacky Fucking Grealish. Stay still my beating heart.

     

    When I first saw him for a few fleeting moments in the Championship, I was intrigued. You could say I gave him a double-take. But unfortunately, it wasn't yet meant to be. The timing wasn't right. Wrong place, wrong time. Do you think for one second I was going to be watching the Championship? Absolutely not. But in the right circumstances, could I give him a chance? Absolutely.

     

    And then, that chance came. Jacky G led his team to the Premier League. It's like the smoke show I was admiring from afar, bumping into from time to time, moved right next door. And so I acquainted myself with him, watching Villa every chance I got. And when I first did, let me tell you, I felt the sparks immediately. The control he had over the ball. Mesmerizing. But I wanted to see more. Like a great first couple of dates that makes you wonder what lies in store. And then, the end product. The deft left-footed finish against Norwich, the match-winning performance against Brighton, the world class curler vs. Man United, the low fizzer against Leicester, and the cracking half-volley vs. Southampton. Moments that confirm what you're feeling is real.

     

    And boy was it real. But that's often not the issue. When we find that special someone, that feeling that they give us in isolation is often enough to blind us to trouble. What is this trouble, you may ask? Villa are terrible. Unwatchable. Jacky G is its lone guiding light. Its shining beacon. It is beyond painful watching him, alone, fighting off the desperate challenges of thugs around Britain, as his team play pedestrian football on its way to losing comfortably to the likes of Sheffield United and Southampton. Even in victory, such as today against Norwich, he cuts a depressed figure. Letting out sighs of frustration as Matt Targett once again, hoofs the ball up the field instead of finding his talisman, rushing towards him like a knight in shining armour to give him an option to play it short. 

     

    And so this is my plea to Aston Villa Football Club: Please let him leave, this January, or this summer. Let him lead his own life. Let him run to greater pastures. The man I have found space for in my heart once again has a dysfunctional family around him trying to drag him down. He has so much potential. Get him away from the shouting matches, the drugs, the alcoholism, the bad neighborhood. Set him free from his broken home and let him go to a better one. Let him realize his potential. My former love could never escape the clutches of mediocrity around him and it broke him. Don't let the same happen to my new love. If you truly care for him. 

     

    Thanks for reading. 

    Remember when I wrote this? I was completely ahead of the times. 

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  3. 6 minutes ago, joe_fishfish said:

    The Guardian are saying Neuhaus has a release clause of £34.3m.

     

    If we got him, would he become only the second German player we have signed under Klopp? (I don't want to remind you of the first.)

    I've seen a bunch of places where it said his release clause ran out and it comes back again next summer. Weird how there's always a bunch of conflicting info around them.

     

    Either way, Gladbach aren't in Europe next year and will probably negotiate.


  4. 8 minutes ago, Scott_M said:


    Considering journalists you quote were  still saying we were only “monitoring” Thiago and Alisson about an hour before official news broke, who knows?

     

    After the VVD fiasco, I tend to think the foreign reporters are a better indication these days. 

    It depends. Pearce, Joyce and Reddy usually confirm when deals are almost done, they don't usually have scoops because they only report stuff when the club tells them directly.

     

    If a journo like this guy Lynch that is somewhat reliable confirms information from foreign reports, it's probably a good thing. It means interest in the player is likely true.


  5. 6 minutes ago, No2 said:

    I've only seen Sancho in little cameos but I'm struggling with the hype. How can Dortmund scrape into the top if Sancho and Halaand are so good? Why does it look like Utd have a clear run at Sancho? If he was all that then Dortmund aren't scraping around 5th and 6th all season and better teams than Utd at the table for him. This move will be 4th money motivated move in no time at all, similar career paths to bad eggs like Pogba and  Sterling.

    Dortmund consistently play naïve football and have a bunch of talented kids and slightly above average veterans.  None of that is conducive to winning. It doesn't say anything about 21 or 20 year olds if they aren't winning the league or Champions League at that age. Individually speaking, Sancho is a very talented and prolific player. In terms of someone having a free run at him, he's going to cost lots of money. Only a few teams can afford him and not everyone wants to spend 100m on a 21 year old. 


  6. 16 minutes ago, Remmie said:

    How many years left on Kevin Abraham's contract? 

    If you meant Tammuel Abraham, he has 2 years left. I left him off my list because it would probably behoove us not to help Chelsea pay for Haaland by buying a merely decent striker off them. Wouldn't say he's a great fit for us if you go by who we've bought in the past either. 

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  7. For forwards, if you assume we'll have the same strategy we always do, which I'm not sure about but whatever, there's Dembele at Barca, Tsygankov at Dynamo Kiev, David Neres, Marcus Thuram at Gladbach and Leon Bailey at Leverkusen. 

     

    Those are all versatile attackers who are under 25, have either a year or two left on their contracts and have seasons of 10+ goals in their past. 

     

    And then there's Raphinha who is Premier League proven but is on a long contract. There aren't actually many logical Premier League attackers for us to buy this summer if you look at what we usually look for. 


  8. 8 minutes ago, TheHowieLama said:

    Really? These are world class athletes. Over the last few decades that has changed massively. It is ridiculous to suggest a 29 year old has any disadvantage over a 24 year old now.

    Not necessarily from an athletic standpoint, but just from a squad turnover and freshening up of things, selling Mané of Firmino wouldn't be a bad thing. 

     

    I'm not down with selling Salah, though. 


  9. 3 minutes ago, MegadriveMan said:

    Sancho is a good player, but he's not worth the 80 million+ that he will end up costing United. Is he really that much of a step up from Rashford, Greenwood, Martial? I don't see it personally. 

    He's very good and if we were the ones in for him, it would be great. But we simply wouldn't get involved once Sancho shows any interest in wanting to go there. 

     

    I do think the fit at United is not optimal. They do this 4-2-3-1 where Fernandes has all this freedom. I don't think that benefits Sancho.


  10. The fact is, for us to be buying players at the very, very top of the market, we need loads of things to align; no bidding war, he needs to want to only play for us, we need to sell important players to get the funds, etc... That's just who we are as a club and it's not gonna change. The fact United are interested in Sancho probably automatically means we're out. We're not gonna compete with them.

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