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**Stewart Downing Fee Agreed**

According to Sky Sports News, Villa have agreed a deal for the transfer of England winger Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough.

The fee is said to be in the region of 12million.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 15 2009

Time: 10:38AM

Your Comments

COME ON VILLA!!!!!!!!!!!i await the lazy ashley young out paper talk.
lerneravfc
COME ON VILLA!!!!!!!!!!!i await the lazy ashley young out paper talk.
lerneravfc
Yeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaah
faangler
Yeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaah
faangler
ideal bet its not long before another person is in talks
clarkamus
lets hope there's more to come in the following days. i dont think i could hold out long for signing number 2 :-) so is MON going to put downing in the barry role, as i think he has all the attributes to play that, plus has a bit more pace than barry. SOTC
CoE82
ideal bet its not long before another person is in talks
clarkamus
lets hope there's more to come in the following days. i dont think i could hold out long for signing number 2 :-) so is MON going to put downing in the barry role, as i think he has all the attributes to play that, plus has a bit more pace than barry. SOTC
CoE82
good signing can play left centre or behind the front two.
astonsteve
good signing can play left centre or behind the front two.
astonsteve
Good signing if it all goes through (which I imagine it will), let's hope we get some players in that can play before Xmas now ;-)
Sheriff Kimbo
fantastic signing but doesn't really help until christmas!!
AVNath
Good signing if it all goes through (which I imagine it will), let's hope we get some players in that can play before Xmas now ;-)
Sheriff Kimbo
fantastic signing but doesn't really help until christmas!!
AVNath
Good signing...hope Tuncay comes too...
olofthegreat
Good signing...hope Tuncay comes too...
olofthegreat
Great news. Shame he's injured, but over the course of a few seasons, if he performs for us like he did for boro, then he'll be a real asset.
lorenzo
Oh yes, and bring Tuncay with you Stewart, OK.
lorenzo
Great news. Shame he's injured, but over the course of a few seasons, if he performs for us like he did for boro, then he'll be a real asset.
lorenzo
Oh yes, and bring Tuncay with you Stewart, OK.
lorenzo
Dear Mr Southgate, Please can we also have Tuncay and Wheater? I suppose this rules out a move for Bentley? Although we will need a new signing who is actually fit of course!!!
Mikey D-Man
Dear Mr Southgate, Please can we also have Tuncay and Wheater? I suppose this rules out a move for Bentley? Although we will need a new signing who is actually fit of course!!!
Mikey D-Man
I wouldnt bet agaist Bentley coming after all we need a squad.
astonsteve
I wouldnt bet agaist Bentley coming after all we need a squad.
astonsteve
OMG, a signing, can anyone else believe it?
Upthevilla_83
OMG, a signing, can anyone else believe it?
Upthevilla_83
paper talk today says that mon wants to keep young and also have downing, good news
nemisis
paper talk today says that mon wants to keep young and also have downing, good news
nemisis
Would rather have Tuncay but he's a left footer and should restore some balance to our midfield wherever he plays. Won't believe anything until he signs and still expect 'Arry to try to come in and spoil the deal but hopefully Southgate and MON have a GENTLEMANS agreement on this and he said that he would sell to anyone other than Spurs so ??
Villan444
Would rather have Tuncay but he's a left footer and should restore some balance to our midfield wherever he plays. Won't believe anything until he signs and still expect 'Arry to try to come in and spoil the deal but hopefully Southgate and MON have a GENTLEMANS agreement on this and he said that he would sell to anyone other than Spurs so ??
Villan444
Ironic that it was Petrov who injured him.
evoflash
MON does like to bring in 2 players from 1 team to help them settle in, Shorey/Sidwell and Nige/Harewood so heres hoping on Wheater or Tuncay soon.....
Villan444
Ironic that it was Petrov who injured him.
evoflash
MON does like to bring in 2 players from 1 team to help them settle in, Shorey/Sidwell and Nige/Harewood so heres hoping on Wheater or Tuncay soon.....
Villan444
were not interested in veloso apparently hope this will be a done deal bye tea rtime
clarkamus
were not interested in veloso apparently hope this will be a done deal bye tea rtime
clarkamus
so can we expect to see him in and around VP or BMH today for talks, and maybe by the time i get home from work tonight we will have a press conference.
CoE82
so can we expect to see him in and around VP or BMH today for talks, and maybe by the time i get home from work tonight we will have a press conference.
CoE82
If it happens then it is a good signing. It means we will have 2 players for the left sided role. ideallly we need 2 players for every position to cover the expected 60 games we will play this season. We have 2 keepers, 1 rb, 3 cb's, 2 lb's, 2 holding midfielders in okey cokey and Petrov, 2 attacking midfielders in Sidwell and Gardner, 1 right midfilder in Milner, 2 centre forwards and 2 strikers in Gabby and the Fonz. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to know we still need a right back, centre back, cover for Milner, a proven goalscorer and some more cover in midfield. Not sure who for centre back maybe Hangeland, but would like Micah Richards for rb and Darren Bent up front. And that would still leave us needing extra bodies/quality in midfield.
voiceoftheholte
If it happens then it is a good signing. It means we will have 2 players for the left sided role. ideallly we need 2 players for every position to cover the expected 60 games we will play this season. We have 2 keepers, 1 rb, 3 cb's, 2 lb's, 2 holding midfielders in okey cokey and Petrov, 2 attacking midfielders in Sidwell and Gardner, 1 right midfilder in Milner, 2 centre forwards and 2 strikers in Gabby and the Fonz. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to know we still need a right back, centre back, cover for Milner, a proven goalscorer and some more cover in midfield. Not sure who for centre back maybe Hangeland, but would like Micah Richards for rb and Darren Bent up front. And that would still leave us needing extra bodies/quality in midfield.
voiceoftheholte
Good player but he's out till xmas, the season could be over for us by then!!!!!!!!!!!
cider_pete
Good player but he's out till xmas, the season could be over for us by then!!!!!!!!!!!
cider_pete
Deffo take Richards but use him at CB and cover for Young at RB. Bent would get us 25 goals a season if he stays fit and gets good service (and when we're talking about Downing, Young, Milner & Carew providing theres no worries there). It would be great to see an Att CM with flair and goalscoring ability but there aren't too many proven in that posistion around at a good price.
Mikey D-Man
Deffo take Richards but use him at CB and cover for Young at RB. Bent would get us 25 goals a season if he stays fit and gets good service (and when we're talking about Downing, Young, Milner & Carew providing theres no worries there). It would be great to see an Att CM with flair and goalscoring ability but there aren't too many proven in that posistion around at a good price.
Mikey D-Man
DOWNING = a better move for him rather than a great siging for Villa. BUT we'll see how it turns out (if it happens) He can take a central roll also.. good options.. Get this OZIL lad in also and then we can focus on the defence And maybe a KEEPER!
applesmoke
DOWNING = a better move for him rather than a great siging for Villa. BUT we'll see how it turns out (if it happens) He can take a central roll also.. good options.. Get this OZIL lad in also and then we can focus on the defence And maybe a KEEPER!
applesmoke
This could actually mean that we have attacking options on the bench to change a game!!!! Surely not, MON wouldn't would he??
Villan444
This could actually mean that we have attacking options on the bench to change a game!!!! Surely not, MON wouldn't would he??
Villan444
remember, even if he isn't available until Christmas, that will be like a Jan transfer window signing and Jan is an awful month to try to get players in as teams dont' want to sell them. I'm sure the Villa are covered if his injury doesn't heal as expected.
The Fear
remember, even if he isn't available until Christmas, that will be like a Jan transfer window signing and Jan is an awful month to try to get players in as teams dont' want to sell them. I'm sure the Villa are covered if his injury doesn't heal as expected.
The Fear
Agree with Villian444, lovely to see a different attacking option coming in, that was more the problem last season than fatigue, when we came to play teams for the second time they had sussed out the 'hit them on the break' tactic and nullified it accordingly. We still need someone up front to mix it up a bit
2fishinatank
Agree with Villian444, lovely to see a different attacking option coming in, that was more the problem last season than fatigue, when we came to play teams for the second time they had sussed out the 'hit them on the break' tactic and nullified it accordingly. We still need someone up front to mix it up a bit
2fishinatank
another young England player in, so good news there, now we just need rooney and carrick and we'll be ready, seems manure are a selling club after all!
eltoro
another young England player in, so good news there, now we just need rooney and carrick and we'll be ready, seems manure are a selling club after all!
eltoro
good cover for young & milner, but overpriced at 12m....
Ericols_Son
good cover for young & milner, but overpriced at 12m....
Ericols_Son
isn't anyone else worried that we're paying 12 MILLION (!!!!) for a player who's a bit, umm, *****?!
MrZeus
isn't anyone else worried that we're paying 12 MILLION (!!!!) for a player who's a bit, umm, *****?!
MrZeus
how is he going to pass the fitness/medical? other players have failed for less
Astonian Villan
how is he going to pass the fitness/medical? other players have failed for less
Astonian Villan
He is an international footballer with loads of prem experience who is wanted by other clubs,try getting one of those for peanuts nowadays.
lerneravfc
He is an international footballer with loads of prem experience who is wanted by other clubs,try getting one of those for peanuts nowadays.
lerneravfc
Bad signing, I think. Downing couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. He's no replacement for Barry. Good luck with it, though. Maybe I wrong.
Samboney
Bad signing, I think. Downing couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. He's no replacement for Barry. Good luck with it, though. Maybe I wrong.
Samboney
"how is he going to pass the fitness/medical" - I would imagine the process would be similar to buying a house, lerner. You agree a price that reflects the current condition of it. He doesn't HAVE to be fit when we sign him, as long as the medics are happy that the injury WILL heal.
BobTheBuilder
"how is he going to pass the fitness/medical" - I would imagine the process would be similar to buying a house, lerner. You agree a price that reflects the current condition of it. He doesn't HAVE to be fit when we sign him, as long as the medics are happy that the injury WILL heal.
BobTheBuilder
right on Evoflash! it was stan petrov who injured Downing. its a good signing - and always a solid link to come here. so let the other solid links follow.
leftfoot
right on Evoflash! it was stan petrov who injured Downing. its a good signing - and always a solid link to come here. so let the other solid links follow.
leftfoot
Maybe the fee isn't 12m? It's only the fishwrapper stories at the moment. I'd take him for 8m maybe
Ericols_Son
Maybe the fee isn't 12m? It's only the fishwrapper stories at the moment. I'd take him for 8m maybe
Ericols_Son
I hate downing ...... but at least we re signing someone......
Mat777
I hate downing ...... but at least we re signing someone......
Mat777
lerneravfc i didnt mean that we should spend peanuts, just that if we're spending that much we should get someone who's really good! Imagine who we could get accross Europe for 12m (even with the exchange rate). I don't think being an international means anything either- so's Heskey and he was another ****e signing. Anyone else wonder what our European scouts are being paid for?!! I want their job!
MrZeus
lerneravfc i didnt mean that we should spend peanuts, just that if we're spending that much we should get someone who's really good! Imagine who we could get accross Europe for 12m (even with the exchange rate). I don't think being an international means anything either- so's Heskey and he was another ****e signing. Anyone else wonder what our European scouts are being paid for?!! I want their job!
MrZeus
Downing is cr*p for England but very good at club level, good signing IMO. Read in the Times on line today that his foot is healing faster than expected could be back sooner, they said 1 month!
Mutley73
Downing is cr*p for England but very good at club level, good signing IMO. Read in the Times on line today that his foot is healing faster than expected could be back sooner, they said 1 month!
Mutley73
'Good cover for Young and Milner, but over-priced at 12m' - are you serious Ericols_Son? Firstly, he isn't coming here to be cover for anyone. A quality individual, capable of opening up the type of defences that all too often we fail to penetrate, a superb left foot, pace and skill in abundance, hard working, and an England international to boot. As for a purchasing price of 12m, he's worth every penny, that's if indeed the agreed price is 12m. That's the going rate for quality nowadays, we should either be prepared to pay it, or go for the bargain basement type buys that will see us progress not one inch. I know that football is a game built around opinions, but sometimes I really despair about my fellow Villans apathy and negativity.
glensider
'Good cover for Young and Milner, but over-priced at 12m' - are you serious Ericols_Son? Firstly, he isn't coming here to be cover for anyone. A quality individual, capable of opening up the type of defences that all too often we fail to penetrate, a superb left foot, pace and skill in abundance, hard working, and an England international to boot. As for a purchasing price of 12m, he's worth every penny, that's if indeed the agreed price is 12m. That's the going rate for quality nowadays, we should either be prepared to pay it, or go for the bargain basement type buys that will see us progress not one inch. I know that football is a game built around opinions, but sometimes I really despair about my fellow Villans apathy and negativity.
glensider
He's a proven premiership player and will provide some much needed cover in our attacking options. A very shrewd if 'non spectacular' signing. I would love to see Tuncay come too - he's unpredictable and has a bit of a spark to him... Well done MON.
melski
He's a proven premiership player and will provide some much needed cover in our attacking options. A very shrewd if 'non spectacular' signing. I would love to see Tuncay come too - he's unpredictable and has a bit of a spark to him... Well done MON.
melski
We haven`t had heskey for a full season yet,And when he did play he did a decent job,I don`t see how he can be labled *****e just yet.As for downing 12 millon is about right in my opinion.You can go across europe and try and find an international player who can play in two positions with either seria a,la liga or bundesliga experience for much less than 12 million and if you do i will call you daddy.
lerneravfc
We haven`t had heskey for a full season yet,And when he did play he did a decent job,I don`t see how he can be labled *****e just yet.As for downing 12 millon is about right in my opinion.You can go across europe and try and find an international player who can play in two positions with either seria a,la liga or bundesliga experience for much less than 12 million and if you do i will call you daddy.
lerneravfc
thank thank thank you, life savers an young want to move back to london, and even if we dont get young at least we dont have downing
123spurs
thank thank thank you, life savers an young want to move back to london, and even if we dont get young at least we dont have downing
123spurs
123soud, shut up and stay on your own site instead of starting greif with other teams, downing is at bmh for talks
nemisis
123soud, shut up and stay on your own site instead of starting greif with other teams, downing is at bmh for talks
nemisis
*spuds, (broken keyboard)
nemisis
*spuds, (broken keyboard)
nemisis
Welcome Mr Downing (if things get ironed out). A great addition to the English talent we have at our club. Looking forward to hearing where MON plans on playing Downing, and as a result shutting up these deluded Spurs fans that think they are getting Ashley Young. They thought they were nailed on to signing him when we did at the start of 2007. But the reality is that not only did they miss out on Young back then, here and now they have missed out on Downing. In the meantime, we'll continue to talk about how Young is going to be utilised in a 'free-role' while you norf landan lot can get on your bikes and wind up some gooners about Adebyor...
bazzah
Welcome Mr Downing (if things get ironed out). A great addition to the English talent we have at our club. Looking forward to hearing where MON plans on playing Downing, and as a result shutting up these deluded Spurs fans that think they are getting Ashley Young. They thought they were nailed on to signing him when we did at the start of 2007. But the reality is that not only did they miss out on Young back then, here and now they have missed out on Downing. In the meantime, we'll continue to talk about how Young is going to be utilised in a 'free-role' while you norf landan lot can get on your bikes and wind up some gooners about Adebyor...
bazzah
yeah i suppose he was decent, and even managed to score 1 or 2 goals, but if our target really is to break into the top 4 then clearly he isn't nearly good enough- would he get into any of their teams?! i really dont see what being an international has got to do with anything- international footy's gone downhill IMO, so the prem is better quality anyway. what position does Downing play then other than left midfield?
MrZeus
yeah i suppose he was decent, and even managed to score 1 or 2 goals, but if our target really is to break into the top 4 then clearly he isn't nearly good enough- would he get into any of their teams?! i really dont see what being an international has got to do with anything- international footy's gone downhill IMO, so the prem is better quality anyway. what position does Downing play then other than left midfield?
MrZeus
i'm sorry but how anyone can say downing has skill in abundance clearly knows nothing about football. the lad can cross and thats about it. EVERY time i have seen downing play, he is afraid to take players on. he relies on being given lots of space in the first place before whipping a ball in - and he is so,so,so,so second rate to ashley young in this department. i am absolutely gutted we might be signing a player with one 16th the ability of Barry, yet for the same price. they don't HAVE to be english Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from an inconsolable villa fan
ric112
i'm sorry but how anyone can say downing has skill in abundance clearly knows nothing about football. the lad can cross and thats about it. EVERY time i have seen downing play, he is afraid to take players on. he relies on being given lots of space in the first place before whipping a ball in - and he is so,so,so,so second rate to ashley young in this department. i am absolutely gutted we might be signing a player with one 16th the ability of Barry, yet for the same price. they don't HAVE to be english Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from an inconsolable villa fan
ric112
i'm right there with you ric112, i'm starting to feel that O'Neil is a bit of a muppet :(
MrZeus
i'm right there with you ric112, i'm starting to feel that O'Neil is a bit of a muppet :(
MrZeus
Some villa "fans" need to wake up. He's not a replacement for Barry or Young, its to give us balance/options. I think Downing would be a quality signing who will flourish in a decent team. 22 caps for england at 24 FFS. Liverpool and Spurs wanted him so he isnt that poor. Think about it, Young crossing from the right, Downing from the left = GOALS. Some "fans" are never happy despite o neills efforts. You want a signing but moan when it happens??? OPEN YOUR EYES FFS
medzy
Some villa "fans" need to wake up. He's not a replacement for Barry or Young, its to give us balance/options. I think Downing would be a quality signing who will flourish in a decent team. 22 caps for england at 24 FFS. Liverpool and Spurs wanted him so he isnt that poor. Think about it, Young crossing from the right, Downing from the left = GOALS. Some "fans" are never happy despite o neills efforts. You want a signing but moan when it happens??? OPEN YOUR EYES FFS
medzy
glensider - my point being 12m can buy a lot of player nowadays... we paid that for milner who is way better than downing! I didn;t say he's a bad player like some on here have, but it's a lot to pay for a backup. (he will be backup unless MON uses him to replace barry as he isnt having youngs place!)
Ericols_Son
glensider - my point being 12m can buy a lot of player nowadays... we paid that for milner who is way better than downing! I didn;t say he's a bad player like some on here have, but it's a lot to pay for a backup. (he will be backup unless MON uses him to replace barry as he isnt having youngs place!)
Ericols_Son
Again top drawer signing if its all concluded ok. Will he pass the medical? But by far a real suprise and a welcome one. Now get Tuncay, Bent (Darren) and Campbell (Sol) and we are starting to look stronger!!!! Maybe Defour and Ozil for the future too. I am being too greedy but well done MON and Villa. 12m for Downing and 12m for Barry, now I am sure we have got the better deal there!!!! Whooo
erv2005
Again top drawer signing if its all concluded ok. Will he pass the medical? But by far a real suprise and a welcome one. Now get Tuncay, Bent (Darren) and Campbell (Sol) and we are starting to look stronger!!!! Maybe Defour and Ozil for the future too. I am being too greedy but well done MON and Villa. 12m for Downing and 12m for Barry, now I am sure we have got the better deal there!!!! Whooo
erv2005
Welcome, Stewart!
Knowone
Welcome, Stewart!
Knowone
ric112- downing doesnt have to take people on to cross the ball,after all beckhams had a good career with no pace and no tricks.just saying every gwinger doesnt have to beat sum1 with a lollypop. would now take D.bent,tuncay,ozil and that boy micah and job done martin
rhymez1
ric112- downing doesnt have to take people on to cross the ball,after all beckhams had a good career with no pace and no tricks.just saying every gwinger doesnt have to beat sum1 with a lollypop. would now take D.bent,tuncay,ozil and that boy micah and job done martin
rhymez1
thankyou so so much!!!....have always said that downing would not even be a premiership player if he wasn't left footed....he is woeful!!!....he scored ZERO goals last season and cant tackle....12mi???...hmmmm
lillywhites101
thankyou so so much!!!....have always said that downing would not even be a premiership player if he wasn't left footed....he is woeful!!!....he scored ZERO goals last season and cant tackle....12mi???...hmmmm
lillywhites101
Will prove to be a great addition once the move is finalised. Yes he does not have the pace of Ash.Young or Milner, but no doubt he can whip a ball in - Beckham and Barry have both shown they can be quality/dangerous players without pace. Think at Villa he will develop his game further. Keep them coming M'ON!!!
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Will prove to be a great addition once the move is finalised. Yes he does not have the pace of Ash.Young or Milner, but no doubt he can whip a ball in - Beckham and Barry have both shown they can be quality/dangerous players without pace. Think at Villa he will develop his game further. Keep them coming M'ON!!!
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
hopefuly this is the start of a very busy week for us
clarkamus
hopefuly this is the start of a very busy week for us
clarkamus
fire sale at Boro then chaps!
merlin
fire sale at Boro then chaps!
merlin
He's worth 12m every day of the week. To try and split the differences between him and somebody like Milner is difficult, he's definatley that kind of calibre of player. He can play wide or can play off the front. he has vision, has has a superb left foot, and he's got just about twice the pace that Barry has. Obviously it's not a great signing until he's played and transformed the side or something, but if he plays for us like he did for boro, then it's certainly a good signing and well worth the money.
lorenzo
He's worth 12m every day of the week. To try and split the differences between him and somebody like Milner is difficult, he's definatley that kind of calibre of player. He can play wide or can play off the front. he has vision, has has a superb left foot, and he's got just about twice the pace that Barry has. Obviously it's not a great signing until he's played and transformed the side or something, but if he plays for us like he did for boro, then it's certainly a good signing and well worth the money.
lorenzo
Some can't see past Ash and Milner playing every game, potentially around 60 next season Think success, we need a squad and we need to rotate that squad. Milner, Ash, Downing rotating sounds good. Next please.
RiF
Some can't see past Ash and Milner playing every game, potentially around 60 next season Think success, we need a squad and we need to rotate that squad. Milner, Ash, Downing rotating sounds good. Next please.
RiF
I don't rate Downing. I hope he proves me wrong when he's in the famous claret & blue.
SuperTommyJohnson
I don't rate Downing. I hope he proves me wrong when he's in the famous claret & blue.
SuperTommyJohnson
good signing, welcome
..doctorwho..
good signing, welcome
..doctorwho..
aaalllllllll tttooggggeeetttthhhheeerrrrr now,
..doctorwho..
aaalllllllll tttooggggeeetttthhhheeerrrrr now,
..doctorwho..
b4 petrov stood on his foot he was giving our fullback the runaround @ the riverside- when he went off the game changed and we bossed it- i dont believe young is going anywhere why would he ? i mean lets be honest who had heard of him b4 oneil signed him ? now he plays 4 England.-enough said.
scoops
b4 petrov stood on his foot he was giving our fullback the runaround @ the riverside- when he went off the game changed and we bossed it- i dont believe young is going anywhere why would he ? i mean lets be honest who had heard of him b4 oneil signed him ? now he plays 4 England.-enough said.
scoops
Downing is only 24 and under the watchful eye of wing-wizard John Robertson, he will only get better. Look how Young and Milner have improved in a short space of time. Have faith chaps!
bazzah
Downing is only 24 and under the watchful eye of wing-wizard John Robertson, he will only get better. Look how Young and Milner have improved in a short space of time. Have faith chaps!
bazzah
Quite right Bazzah well said. Lets get behind MON and the team, remember we got a tough campaign coming up and I think we may be plesantly suprised this summer, MON and Randy know, we have to strengthen and strengthen big. I am really feeling optomistic and looking forward to the big kick off!!!!!!
erv2005
Quite right Bazzah well said. Lets get behind MON and the team, remember we got a tough campaign coming up and I think we may be plesantly suprised this summer, MON and Randy know, we have to strengthen and strengthen big. I am really feeling optomistic and looking forward to the big kick off!!!!!!
erv2005
I agree with all those who welcome Downing (if it goes thru) to B6 as he is the calibre of player we need who's attributes will balance our team. The price is what the price is! Spuds fans are still deluded and FFS stick to your own site will you! I hope that we do have more signings to come and I for one would definately take Richards from Citeh and if the money is there for him??? Defour. That would do me but worryingly it still only puts our squad size to +1 which will not be big enough unless we blood some youngsters with first team experience. If and a big IF, we do take cup competition seriously this season then playing the youngsters may not get us far enough to have competed. Oh well, we all know next season will be much harder anyway and so I would take 5th/6th now to be honest. I guess it all depends on who we sign in the next coming weeks and in Jan window if any. UTV!
holte ender 1969
I agree with all those who welcome Downing (if it goes thru) to B6 as he is the calibre of player we need who's attributes will balance our team. The price is what the price is! Spuds fans are still deluded and FFS stick to your own site will you! I hope that we do have more signings to come and I for one would definately take Richards from Citeh and if the money is there for him??? Defour. That would do me but worryingly it still only puts our squad size to +1 which will not be big enough unless we blood some youngsters with first team experience. If and a big IF, we do take cup competition seriously this season then playing the youngsters may not get us far enough to have competed. Oh well, we all know next season will be much harder anyway and so I would take 5th/6th now to be honest. I guess it all depends on who we sign in the next coming weeks and in Jan window if any. UTV!
holte ender 1969
Good luck stewy thank god you arent going to the rotten spuds
TimBoro
Good luck stewy thank god you arent going to the rotten spuds
TimBoro
At last a new face! Albeit not available till October... Why is everyone so keen on Tuncay? The guy only scored 4 goals in 33 appearances last season and has done nothing to suggest he'd do any better elsewhere. The last thing we need is ANOTHER striker who doesn't score goals. We've got two of those already!
Bobby Norman
At last a new face! Albeit not available till October... Why is everyone so keen on Tuncay? The guy only scored 4 goals in 33 appearances last season and has done nothing to suggest he'd do any better elsewhere. The last thing we need is ANOTHER striker who doesn't score goals. We've got two of those already!
Bobby Norman
I have to say I have mixed emotions about this. First of all let's see it actually happen. I think Downing has been a good club player & a bag of *****e on the international front although he's been given more chances than I'd have expected. I think he could be a good squad player for us. I've only seen him play on the left side of midfield so cannot comment on his abilities in the middle of the park along side the likes of Petrov or Sidwell. Let's have a couple more in quick succession here MON, come on son!
Canuck_Villan
I have to say I have mixed emotions about this. First of all let's see it actually happen. I think Downing has been a good club player & a bag of *****e on the international front although he's been given more chances than I'd have expected. I think he could be a good squad player for us. I've only seen him play on the left side of midfield so cannot comment on his abilities in the middle of the park along side the likes of Petrov or Sidwell. Let's have a couple more in quick succession here MON, come on son!
Canuck_Villan
I am with Glensider on this. To much negativity from a small minority. As for Spuds fans, they are upset that they paid 18m for an ex Arsenal flop in Bentley and we are getting proven quality for two thirds of the price. Unfortunately it is difficult for them to attract players to the small club in Narf Landan and they have to pay over the odds for it to happen. Darren Bent would be happy to take a pay cut to come to Villa. Says it all really.
voiceoftheholte
I am with Glensider on this. To much negativity from a small minority. As for Spuds fans, they are upset that they paid 18m for an ex Arsenal flop in Bentley and we are getting proven quality for two thirds of the price. Unfortunately it is difficult for them to attract players to the small club in Narf Landan and they have to pay over the odds for it to happen. Darren Bent would be happy to take a pay cut to come to Villa. Says it all really.
voiceoftheholte
This was posted on another AV site today...sounds good for home games to unlock defences.... ... having Downing in the squad does open the door for a couple of other options; 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 It would be interesting to see if Martin O'Neill tried reverting back to the 4-5-1 formation he preferred when he first took over. It was reasonably successful, and the improvement of our players since then I think would see it work even better. Keep Young on the left, Gabby on the right with Carew up the middle. With those 3 as the attackers, you have a central trio of Downing, Petrov and Milner, thus effectively playing 2 wingers with 2 more secondary wingers in support. Attacking-wise this is a great option as you could well imagine Downing and Young, and Milner and Gabby switching around like a game of musical chairs. Carew would have more corsses than he'd know what to do with, and the flexibility in attacking that I believe can be obtained from a formation like this I think could give us a real advantage. Defensively though we could leave ourselves exposed with this sort of formation.
Bangkok Villan
This was posted on another AV site today...sounds good for home games to unlock defences.... ... having Downing in the squad does open the door for a couple of other options; 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 It would be interesting to see if Martin O'Neill tried reverting back to the 4-5-1 formation he preferred when he first took over. It was reasonably successful, and the improvement of our players since then I think would see it work even better. Keep Young on the left, Gabby on the right with Carew up the middle. With those 3 as the attackers, you have a central trio of Downing, Petrov and Milner, thus effectively playing 2 wingers with 2 more secondary wingers in support. Attacking-wise this is a great option as you could well imagine Downing and Young, and Milner and Gabby switching around like a game of musical chairs. Carew would have more corsses than he'd know what to do with, and the flexibility in attacking that I believe can be obtained from a formation like this I think could give us a real advantage. Defensively though we could leave ourselves exposed with this sort of formation.
Bangkok Villan
nope. still not convinced.
ric112
nope. still not convinced.
ric112
ric112. Several England managers have seen fit to award him 22 caps. I think I will trust their judgement rather than yours. Young, left footed, English, international, a good fee in comparison to some of the ridiculous figures being banded about. But you are not happy. Says more about you and fans of a similar likewise negative attitude. Some day negative people will realise it is the people who say 'why not' instead of 'why', are nearly always more successful in life. If you are having a drink at the moment I would guess that your glass is half empty.
voiceoftheholte
ric112. Several England managers have seen fit to award him 22 caps. I think I will trust their judgement rather than yours. Young, left footed, English, international, a good fee in comparison to some of the ridiculous figures being banded about. But you are not happy. Says more about you and fans of a similar likewise negative attitude. Some day negative people will realise it is the people who say 'why not' instead of 'why', are nearly always more successful in life. If you are having a drink at the moment I would guess that your glass is half empty.
voiceoftheholte
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