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  1. Think it was partly Peak-Pack, possibly as well with the shape we played especially when we had all the injuries that helped us see him at another level- and that opportunity was negated a bit by some other setups last season. In 4-1-4-1 he did a job for us and helped to protect the defence well, good technicallyt etc but a different DM- say a parallell universe where Hegeler fit could've been interesting. Smith was injured so much as well but anyway...one of Morell/Walsh- Walsh would have needed to have been a bit hugher for that IMO. Imagine: Maenpaa Hunt Kalas Webster DaSilva Morrell/Hegeler O'Dowda Pack Brownhill Paterson Weimann You get the 3 then, yet Pack able to be creative with a bit of a cushion behind, you get Brownhill able to attack knowing he has a double pivot behind and you get in other phases the Morrell/Hegeler with Pack and Brownhill dropping back in to form a 4-3-3 without the ball...technique and security! We'll never know I guess but I wonder if that might have helped once the 4-1-4-1 as was ran its course...of course you can put Diedhiou in for say Paterson drop Weimann and O'Dowda wide again and play Diedhiou as the lone striker for some tough, more physical away games- where his battling qualities can buy time. Pack may have recaptured a bit of 2017/18 form then and we would've had a lovely balance.
  2. Wolves superagent on side, but they have adapted very well indeed nonetheless. Superagents can open that little door further though, than might otherwise be the case- very good side, unlucky to lose that I thought! We gave them a very good game last year in fact, in February @RedRock don't you recall? Similar side to what they had out tonight IIRC.
  3. He started at Barcelona I believe, so he's got the right starting point- obviously he's showing it now and Pulis- Pulis- of all people got quite a bit out of him 2 years ago... Certainly moved from there to England...
  4. We seem to just be stuck with it unfortunately, as part of the modern game- especially here, but it would be a great move! Does anyone know any clubs who have done it?
  5. Could be quite interesting I reckon- a real test case for the PL here! If they let Aston Villa off or defer back to the EFL, they've basically let them win promotion in defiance of the regs- and that sends out a terrible message. Probably opens the door to more legal wrangling too.
  6. Ooh, god knows about PL- was talking about us in League One dominating under Cotts vs now.
  7. Massive increase in the rebuild but I wonder how much it will increase between last and this season. Worth bearing in mind I think- and I stand to be corrected here- that our profti last year and our £30m turnover- well they're two separate things but profit...as @Davefevs has covered, £25m loss without player sales, or £26m loss without player sales- profit on transfers in any case. The turnover excludes all of that I believe, but it's worth bearing in mind that the £30m included both the two concerts in May 2019 and the WC Fans Village in summer 2018. Wonder how much those made and also how much fell under BCFC Holdings. Though it's minor in the scheme, getting to 5th Round FA Cup including being on BT Sport, that surely would have helped a bit- we didn't have that benefit either- it should be reasonable and somewhere between £25-30m but I'd be slightly surprised if it hits £30m again...but maybe increased gates make up that possible shortfall? More TV Revenue maybe too, unsure how it changes year on year at this level.
  8. Big Fish/Small Pond or mediumish fish in a larger one is basically a tradeoff there.
  9. Take a look at the list of transfers- shame you can't filter, but for Football League. There's a bit of tumbleweed or has been to date! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/50965300 Also there is a piece in the Telegraph which at least in part blames FFP for the quiet window... https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/01/22/ffp-ruined-transfer-window/ Couple of pertinent quotes from the article: Well I say quotes, more like extracts!
  10. Conversion rate- there's a number of methods. Crudest- total shots/total goals. Maybe then shots on target/total goals. Shots/shots on target. Own goals are weighted differently, or not at all quite possibly. Penalties are weighted as something like 0.8- or 80%, in that example it would mean that the divisional average=80% of penalties converted and therefore there's an 80% chance of a goal in that scenario. It's absolutely imperfect but can be a useful guide- or indicator of trends!
  11. Possible my stats outdated but earlier in the season, we were overperforming in both areas, the divisional average I believe. Agree, we need to stop the flow of shots. Fielding a midfield setup as we do, doesn't help! Paterson in a '3' if we use standard full backs etc, doesn't work! Nothing against Paterson, more the system...standard 3 and with the right combination especially offers more protection than our current hybrid!
  12. @downendcity @Davefevs @Coppello https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7917941/Premier-League-probe-Aston-Villas-56million-stadium-sale.html You might be interested too, @AnAstonVillafan While not yet technically guilty or charged of anything, it's definitely a live issue...remember Matt Hughes is one of the 3 most credible FFP journos, along with Matt Lawton and John Percy! David Conn is also excellent on Football finance but his work seems to cover different areas. A section of their fanbase is that entitled- granted online can and will amplify and I'm not including our visitor who is a fan, but a section that they actually locked their FFP thread, closed it just before Christmas, clearly what they think of it in terms of relevance or applicability to them!! https://www.villatalk.com/topic/16585-villa-and-ffp-201789/page/108/
  13. It maybe a bit weaker but I don't see it being wildly so. Consider: Reading have Joao, Puscas, plus varied European and UK good additions- Rafael, Morrison, Pele- all experienced pros from a decent level- Serie A, Championship, Ligue 1. Surely questions about FFP?? Blackburn Johnson, Holtby- this added to an already decent squad, Adarbioyo, Cunningham, to name 3. WBA have lost some key players, especially up front hut have strengthened significantly on the managerial front. Stoke have a real decent squad on paper, full of experience and from decent levels- look at them?? Don't think there is much wrong with Fulham's squad, at all- just look through it! It's maybe weaker in one or both full back areas and that's a key position but their depth is fantastic. Look at it set against 2 years ago, the one that surged with a half-season unbeaten run, taking all comers or nearly all comers. Brentford are better than last season IMO- more balance. Imagine if they had Maupay too?? Better though. Cardiff's squad has a lot of depth and quality on paper- think they could play better football too, especially had they kept Cunningham, Reid. It's weaker overall but this is overstated IMO...these are just a few examples.
  14. Barnsley and Wigan are both better than their League positions indicate, at least performance wise- as I've pointed out quite a few times. Barnsley in the 9 before they played us, 15 pts and 17 goals and probably should've had more of both...vs a reasonable spread of opposition. Playoff form! Wigan a bit less so, but had drawn with (while outplaying) Derby, WBA, both at home, won at Birmingham, drawn at Blackburn and missed a fair few chances at Nottingham Forest. Luton aside, no especially gimme games.
  15. Can't keep up the conversion rate at one end, the save rate at the other and the relative lack of possession in between and keep performing well...surely? @Monkeh Still think Rowe could be worth a go, Rowe with say Nagy and Smith with maybe Brownhill higher on the right, Eliasson left and whoever we stick up front. Creativity, avoid being overrun numerically, his experience and edge (Rowe's) can help the others- Smith is Smith but interchange with Massengo as neither of them are for different reasons start every week right now IMO, Brownhill higher up may chip in a goal or 2 as well, plus the fact he can support full back attacking and defensively...problems with this are a) What of Palmer and b) Would it be Weimann, Diedhiou or A.N Other up top? Oh and forgot about Paterson too!
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