Can Axel Tuanzebe and Lewis Grabban do a Job for Aston Villa?

In the January transfer window Aston Villa called upon Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe and Bournemouth’s Lewis Grabban to help maintain their winning run and contribute towards the ultimate goal of promotion.

There were several questions marks over obtaining the services of Tuanzebe. Will he actually be useful for Villa, considering the options we already have in the squad in the positions he covers? Considering he may not be a regular, is it better for Villa to blood our own academy players? Can he really do a better job than Elphick in covering any injuries to either James Chester or John Terry?

Meanwhile, Grabban was a more straight-up loan-signing, as he’s essentially the cover for Jonathan Kodjia, that the club were always going to seek to get.

These two incoming players are discussed along with the outgoings – most notably, Tommy Elphick – in episode 39 of the My Old Man Said podcast.

If you haven’t caught up with the episode yet, do so before you listen to episode 40 (which has just come out), the show also includes discussion of Villa Park becoming an asset of community value, coverage of Villa’s last away game and balks at Mesut Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages

Listen the Discussion of Villa’s January Window:

Episode 39 Notes

Aston Villa’s 100% record in 2018 so far, takes Aston Villa to five wins on the trot, as they complete their final transfer business for the promotion push ahead. David and Dan of the My Old Man Said podcast chew the fat over the last-minute win at Sheffield United, as well as looking at the recent prime movers in the Villa team.

They also look at Villa Park being made an asset of community value (ACV), Villa’s January transfer window and balk at Mesut Ozil’s wages.

Why did Tommy Elphick leave? What’s the point of Axel Tuanzebe? Will Lewis Grabban do a job? The answers to these questions and more lay within episode 39.



David & Dan

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Podcast Episode 39 features:

David Michael – @oldmansaid 

Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr

My Old Man Said –

Villa Underground –

Producer – David Michael

Voice ‘talent’ & sound effects – Dan Rodgers

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  1. On a personal note I think both signings will help us out and Grabbon in particular. I also believe that we should be playing our academy players but obviously we have to pick the time and place, but I think Green and O’ Hare should be more involved.
    Now for a moan I cant believe we are thinking bout playing Agbonlahor in our most important game of the season, how long since he played in a match ? Forget him and throw Grabbon in even if it’s as a sub, although I would like to see him start up front with Hogan.

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