Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

What Difference Does A Smile Make?

What Difference Does A Smile Make?

Benteke, Westwood, Bowery, Bennett, Vlaar, El Ahmadi, Holman, Lowton....

What do they all have in common?

Answer: They all look bloody delighted to be here.

I understand that some of the names we've signed in the transfer window may have been a bit of a surprise, and unfancied by some, but boy isn't it refreshing to see players in a Villa shirt grinning broadly, looking excited, looking forward to the opportunity ahead of them?

Over the last couple of years, I'd kind of fallen out of love with the game. I saw too many players picking up huge salaries and going through the motions - you know the type, players who'd been bred into the Premiership's academies, handed everything from a young age, had a good season or two then basically dined out on their potential for the rest of their career. It was galling, seeing guys getting paid thousands a week for basically turning up for training and not doing much else.

But it seems like Lambert and I are on a similar page when it comes to that. He wants players with enthusiasm, drive and a desire to prove themselves at the top level - not people who are simply living off their reputation or potential. And when these lads are given a chance, they'll respond. Because they've not been born into the Premier League's riches. They've had to work to get here. And instead fo going through the motions, they all look like they want to make the most of the opportunity they've been given.

So, for the first time in a long time, I'm looking forward to seeing a Villa team in action. Instead of a bunch of glum, sour-faced mercenaries turning up for a paycheck, we could have a team of excited, upbeat lads wanting to prove a point.

I can't wait to see what they can do.

Forum thread: Click Here



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:BarosBarryBouma
Date:Saturday September 1 2012
Time: 4:31PM

Comments

0
Hope we and they are all smiling come the end of the season.
The Fear
01/09/2012 16:35:00
0
Nicely put BBB. It could, just could be the start of a whole new chapter of Aston Villa if it comes off. Here's hoping....
Pride of Lions
01/09/2012 17:00:00
0
also, when you're smiling, the holte end smiles with you!
The Fear
01/09/2012 17:04:00
0
Couple of decent performances will calm everyones nerves...
maigrait
01/09/2012 17:14:00
0
You don't mean Stephen Ireland by any chance BBB ? lol
villan57
01/09/2012 17:34:00
0
A voice of reason as always BBB : ) But seriously dude, don't you think it's about time you changed to BentBannanBaker?
Steff_the_Villan
01/09/2012 18:17:00
0
we'll see, think there are many reasonable voices who have worries also steff!
The Fear
01/09/2012 18:24:00
0
steff what about BentBentekeBennet ? lol I tend to agree with BBB tho' I'd far rather watch players who look like they give a toss
AVbornandbred
01/09/2012 18:44:00
0
Nice interview with Westwood outside Bodymoor Heath. Could turn out to be a right player for us. Fingers crossed for all of them!!! UTV
VILLA 4 LIFE
01/09/2012 19:08:00
0
V4L I had similar thoughtsomething about the guy makes me think he could be a real player given a season or two...
CDX_EIRE
01/09/2012 19:51:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Championship Free Agents 2017

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should the club have an interest in any of the following free transfers from Championship oppositions?

Remarkable Support Praised & Incredible Plans - Bruce

Manager Steve Bruce has again praised the 'remarkable' support of Aston Villa fans ahead of the game against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

Jedinak's A Blackburn Doubt

Manager Steve Bruce is holding his pre Blackburn Rovers press conference this morning, and Aston Villa could be without Australian international Mile Jedinak for the game.

51 Clubs Receive EFL Family Excellence Award - 2016/17

The Football League have recognised a record 51 clubs in the 2016/17 Family Excellence Awards.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Blackburn (away) will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
Win37%
Lose33%
Draw30%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Wehrlein reveals severity of neck injury
Latest Vital Boxing News
David Fields Will Referee Joshua v Klitschko
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.JuanPabloAngel375
2.Pride of Lions349
3.sirdennis282
4.The Fear249
5.Silhillvilla210
6.HeathfieldRoad1874175
7.Melon Donkey175
8.kefkat163
9.Sasquatch142
10.BodyButter113
Vital Football Comment