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Post by villabromsgrove on Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:32 pm

Sandie wrote:Gana Vertout and Gil in midfield, Adama and Jack out wide. I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

Only problem is who to put up front!
It's obvious .... Charlie Austin .... oh well! Sad
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Post by Sandie on Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:03 pm

What on earth does Kozak need to do to get a game for this rabble?

And how is what was supposed to be a minor injury keeping Traore out for so long?
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Post by Sandie on Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:03 am

Sherwood's thoughts on Kozak

Libor Kozak is still way down the pecking order despite Aston Villa’s strikers bagging just one goal between them this season.

Boss Tim Sherwood confirmed that he favours Rudy Gestede, Gabby Agbonlahor, Jordan Ayew and makeshift forward Scott Sinclair ahead of the ex-Czech Republic international who has not featured for a single minute in the Premier League this term.

Kozak still travels to away games with the team and has made the matchday 18 in half of Villa’s top-flight games but he was again left out for the weekend defeat to rivals Albion.

“At the moment I favour the players in front of him,” said Sherwood.

“I will always have a striker on the bench.

“I had two on there (against Albion).

“Libor is still at the football club so he will be considered like everyone will be.

“Everyone who is here and has a squad number will be considered for the Premier League.”

Kozak is said to be training hard and determined to force his way into Sherwood’s plans.

Last week the 26-year-old scored for the U21s but that didn’t help his case as he had to watch from the sidelines.

Gestede is the only striker to have scored for Villa this season but the manager insists he isn’t worried.

“On Saturday I don’t think they got an awful lot of service to feed off so I couldn’t be critical of them and they worked very hard,” he said.

“All I can do is to ask them to work as hard as they do in training.

“We’re hoping it’ll just click and something will fall for them in front of goal.

“Am I worried? No. I would be more worried if we weren’t creating chances or working hard enough in training to put that right.”

Hmmm....
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Post by villabromsgrove on Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:31 am

Sandie wrote:What on earth does Kozak need to do to get a game for this rabble?

And how is what was supposed to be a minor injury keeping Traore out for so long?
It was good of Tim to answer your question about Kozak so quickly Sandie Very Happy .

Kozak scores goals so obviously he isn't part of Sherwood's plan, which is clearly a work of genius as he says he is hoping" that it'll just click".

Why were we ever worried? It's all about waiting for the "click".
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Post by villabromsgrove on Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:53 pm

I've just read a strange post on another site advocating the return of Cissokho to replace Amavi!
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Post by Sandie on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:24 pm

Heavens!

Not even sure we could recall him even if we wanted to. For me, Amavi has been one of our best performers all season with only a couple of moments of naivety letting him down.
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Post by villabromsgrove on Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:43 pm

Sandie wrote:Heavens!

Not even sure we could recall him even if we wanted to. For me, Amavi has been one of our best performers all season with only a couple of moments of naivety  letting him down.
Surprisingly the next post thought that we were missing Cissokho as well. Amavi is going to be a really big player for someone over the next few years.
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Post by villabromsgrove on Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:43 pm

I think Jordan Ayew showed us a glimpse of why his dad says he can be better than his brother.
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Post by Jim Villan on Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:47 pm

Yes Great to see Ayew show us why he came with a 10 million price tag VB. He looks like he has great dribbling ability and excellent technique with a turn of pace over 10 yards which allows him to get past players in tight areas. If he can reproduce that type of play consistently then we will have a real player on our hands. I think he's done enough to be given a chance against liverpool ahead of gabby.
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Post by Sandie on Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:58 pm

Aye, I agree that he has done enough to get a chance to start.

But will Tim do it?
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Post by South London Villan on Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:20 pm

villabromsgrove wrote:I've just read a strange post on another site advocating the return of Cissokho to replace Amavi!

I wondered what happened to Ted
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Post by Sandie on Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:58 pm

Good piece on Amavi

Player Focus: Amavi Rapidly Emerging as Villa Fan Favourite


Three of Europe’s finest young left-backs moved on to pastures new over the summer. Baba Rahman secured a big money switch to Premier League champions Chelsea during the transfer window, while Layvin Kurzawa swapped Monaco for PSG. Then there was Jordan Amavi, who like Kurzawa departed the French Riviera. Rather than moving to a title-challenging club on the continent, however, Amavi instead made the switch to Aston Villa.



While historically a big team, the Villans have flirted far closer with relegation than major domestic honours for some time now and given Amavi’s performances for Nice last season - his WhoScored rating (7.74) was the highest in Ligue 1 - many were shocked that the list of admirers was not longer. Nevertheless, his decision to move to Villa has certainly been the club’s gain. Left-back has long been a problematic position for the Midlands side, but in the 21-year-old; they have one of the finest prospects on the continent in the position.



Amavi’s performance in Villa’s 1-0 win over rivals Birmingham on Tuesday saw him gain a WhoScored rating of 8.48, enough to secure his third man of the match award in his last four competitive outings for Tim Sherwood’s team. The Frenchman provided the assist for Rudy Gestede’s header, a sumptuous cross for the striker to power past Tomasz Kuszczak in the Blues goal. It was typical of the attacking threat Amavi provides for Villa. In the 4-3-3 formation Sherwood has utilised in four of the six Premier League games this season so far, Amavi provides the width on the left from deep.



With one of Jack Grealish or Scott Sinclair occupying the left-wing berth, and the duo favouring to cut inside, Villa need to stretch the opposition, which is why Amavi is so crucial to the system to succeed. A player his age may have a heavy burden to shoulder, but he does so with aplomb. Bounding down the left flank, Amavi is a difficult player to stop, noted in that only wingers Riyad Mahrez (25) and Eden Hazard (23) have completed more successful dribbles than the left-back (19) in the Premier League this season.



Granted, 23 of Amavi’s 42 attempted dribbles have been unsuccessful - the most in England’s top tier this term - but this suggests an unwavering confidence in his own ability that has at times been exposed. Tasked with providing the width, however, both the number of successful and unsuccessful dribbles come as little shock. Of course, this increases the possibility of mistakes being made in dangerous areas, most notably in Villa’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last month.



Brad Guzan may have put Amavi in a tight spot by attempting to play the ball out from the back following a Palace set piece, but the latter’s naivety ultimately saw Villa sacrifice a point. Rather than thump the ball upfield, the young defender instead attempted to dribble his way out from the back. He, in turn, was robbed of possession of Scott Dann, who provided the assist for Bakary Sako’s winner in the Eagles’ 2-1 victory.

Amavi is certainly a player willing to take risks, with 3 errors that led to shots on goal one of the worst returns in Ligue 1 of all outfielders last season. Nonetheless, at such a young age, this is an area of his game that can be worked on in time, and it's forgivable that in one-on-one situations the youngster doesn't always choose the right option.



Fortunately for Amavi, his searing pace means he is capable of recovering to perform his defensive duties. A total of 29 tackles is the most in the Premier League this season and reinforces the player’s statistically calculated WhoScored strength of ‘tackling’. Meanwhile, his impressive reading of the game - only Yohan Cabaye (29) has made more interceptions than Amavi (24) in England's top tier this term - allows for him to instigate swift counter attacks and, given his ability when in possession, he can then hurt opponents in the final third.



Amavi very much remains a diamond in the rough, but his performances certainly suggest he is well on the way to realising his potential, and the swiftness with which he is adjusting to the rigours of English football has been sensational. A WhoScored rating of 7.68 is enough to feature in the Premier League team of the season and is one the better figures in Europe’s top 5 leagues.



There is work still to be done on his all-round defensive game, but ultimately, Amavi looks to be Villa’s best summer signing at present. He is crucial at both ends of the pitch for the Villans in their bid to consolidate their place among England’s best teams and after another smashing showing in midweek, supporters have every reason to be confident that their marauding left-back can maintain his flying form when they make the trip to Anfield this weekend, a happy hunting ground for Villa of late.

Said it before but I really think we've got a star here,
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Post by Sandie on Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:50 pm

In other news: http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/the-toe-poke/65/post/2629487/aston-villas-charles-nzogbia-dresses-like-a-sith-lord

Charlie hoping to get noticed now that the Championship loan window is open?
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Post by villabromsgrove on Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:42 pm

Sandie wrote:In other news: http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/the-toe-poke/65/post/2629487/aston-villas-charles-nzogbia-dresses-like-a-sith-lord

Charlie hoping to get noticed now that the Championship loan window is open?
He's been in another dimension since he joined Villa, may the force kick his backside out of his parallel universe and back onto a football pitch somewhere!
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Re: AVFC Players senior through to U21s and beyond

Post by Sandie on Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:44 pm

Gary Gardner is back in training tomorrow after a long layoff. Do we see him having an impact or should he just be sent out on loan to get first team experience first?
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