New Season, New Expectations?

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Ahead of the new season, Aston Villa blog has made a new signing of its own, welcoming budding young writer and loyally optimistic Villan Ollie Scrimgeour to the writing team. The following is Ollie’s first article for the site, detailing his opinions on the star attractions at Villa this season, and his viewpoint ahead of the new campaign. Read more

‘Easy’ Early Start Could Prove to be Making of McLeish – Half-Season Preview

August 7, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Now that the hysteria, negative in the most part, of hiring an ex-Blues manager has subsided, Villa are set to embark on the new Premier League season 2011/12 with a lack of games and indeed a lack of players under their belt. The new boss hasn’t been handed the entirity of the transfer funds made from the sales of key players such as Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, and despite replenishing the squad with excellent signings in Charles N’Zogbia and Shay Given, the Scot’s squad is thin on the ground. Read more

The Truth About N’Zogbia’s Dribbling: A Comprehensive Statistical Review

August 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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So Villa took their time but finally got their man after agreeing a £9.5m fee with Wigan for wing wizard Charles N’Zogbia. Read more

Villa’s Pre-Season Preparations Too Little, Too Late?

It’s August, which can only mean one thing. The season is nearly upon us and do Villa look ready? Well not really no. I say this not because of a defeat to Chelsea in torrid conditions which is understandable, but because the club seem insistent on starting pre-season 1 if not 2 weeks late. Read more

Update: Bent Hopes for N’Zog Deal, Walsall Report, Ireland Injured?

July 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Very little news on the transfer front at Villa Park ahead of the club’s trip to Hong Kong this weekend suggests that move for N’Zogbia may well be in the balance due to the prolonged nature of the proceedings. Either way, Villa striker Darren Bent, who hit the ground running in the clubs opening friendly with Walsall last night, claims that the Frenchman would be a great signing, for the benefit of both himself and the club. Read more

Transfer Round-up – Downing Deal All But Done Leading to More Winger Links

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa confirmed yesterday that they had accepted an offer from Liverpool in the region of £20m for last season’s Player of the Year Stewart Downing. The club also revealed that the Reds improved offer was agreed after the player had handed in a transfer request at the club, with McLeish stating that the England international was not for sale earlier in the week. Read more

Why Cuellar Should Feature in Place of Collins or Dunne Next Season

July 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Villa’s defensive record from last season left a lot to be desired and the fractious relationship between the management and the mainstay partnership of Dunne and Collins only served to exacerbate matters at times, with a more than willing and able replacement waiting in the wings in Spaniard Carlos Cuellar, who has been constantly overlooked at his preferred centre back position since joining the club from Rangers, leading to reports of a return to Ibrox this summer. Read more

Villa and Liverpool to Battle for Diego

July 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Aston Villa are thought to be fighting it out with Liverpool, not for the first time, for Wolfsburg midfielder Diego after the Brazilian admitted that it is his dream to play in England having been told he can leave the German club after failing to show up for the former Bundesliga champions final game of the campaign. Read more

McLeish Handed League’s Easiest Start?

June 25, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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I’ve had a more detailed look at the Premier League fixture list, released last Friday, to just how happy new Villa manager Alex McLeish should be with the start to his league tenure at Villa club, and the answer is…. very happy! Read more

Rangers Bid for Cuellar but Won’t Budge on McGregor

June 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Rangers’ new owner Craig Whyte has confirmed that the Scottish champions are hoping to take former SPL Player of the Year Carlos Cuellar back to Ibrox after the Spaniard fell out of favour at Villa Park. Read more

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