What We Learned as Villa Fans From New Signings and Same Old Collapses

Aside from the disappointment of the Preston game, it’s been a busy week of transfer news which has fans hoping for a second wave of a promotion push. What did Villa fans learn from a week of downs-and-ups?


It was all going so well. With 26-year-old Henri Lansbury providing a much-needed midfield presence the 2-0 lead at half-time would surely be enough to secure the home win.

And yet…

It’s all too familiar, and more frustrating after a good first half and two goals for Adomah (well, he was a bit cheeky stealing Gabby’s goal, but it’s best to make sure) and smiles all round.

Put simply: This has to stop. It’s not something successful teams do. Ergo, if Villa want success they have to be professional until the last second of every game. Not take the second half for granted because it’s probably in the bag.


Yes, he had a good game. Maybe he’s turned the corner and is at full-fitness and ready to fire in 15 goals on the run-in. If he does, he’ll have the support of all fans who will forgive and forget.

But chances are, based on past form and experience, not only will he disappoint and fail to add to his anemic goal tally of late but be relegated to the bench once Jonathan Kodjia comes back from ACON duty ahead of the Brentford game.

Again put simply, if he wants to win over the fans and propel the club he loves up the table, he needs to work harder, make chances, take chances, and prove his worth.


If reports are true that Henri Lansbury gave his new teammates a right earful after the Preston game, it could be the most positive thing to come of out his signing so far.

Steve Bruce’s response to McCormack’s gate… er… Gate (see below) is backing up what he said when he arrived: the players need a kick up the rear end and spelled out to them that they need to be professional.


It is certainly exciting to see Lansbury and Conor Hourihane line up with James Bree (presumably relegating hate-him/love-him/tolerate-him regular right-back Alan Hutton) and Icelandic star Birkir Bjarnason in the team against Brentford hopefully adding some steel (to use Dr Jo Venglos’s favourite word regarding Villa’s soft spots on his watch) to key areas.

We finally have a midfield now and if Bruce plays Adomah, Hourihane, Lansbury and Bjarnason, where does that leave the likes of Jedinak, Grealish and Ayew?


There are still unanswered questions about Ross McCormack and his frozen gates. This column has pondered whether Ross ever wanted to leave Fulham and the success he had there. While this column has sympathy for players who are treated like pieces of meat, expected to perform, albeit for large sums of money, without the due consideration into the person inside the football boots, an unhappy player bought to perform and put Villa into the top six by this point in the season – and has failed to help all that much – should probably be moved on as soon as possible for everyone’s sake.


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  1. After what I think is a very good transfer window for us, how many more players do we need, personally we definitely need another striker so just go for Rhodes.
    I can’t understand what the club are thinking about with all of this Grealish to Middlesborough speculation, how do you think the player feels knowing that the club are trying to get shot must do great things for his confidence, very pleased to see that he has rejected the idea. Same applies to Ayew.
    Typical Villa do something good and then ruin it, we are acting like a bunch of numpties.

  2. Having watched the villa since 1956 one thing is for certain. Be prepared – to be let down. Let’s hope the luck of the Chinese rubs off – get behind SB and the team but accept that this season has gone.

  3. We’ve got one hell of a squad now. No excuses from here in. Must be at least a top six finish with a decent shot at promotion. If we fail, time to bring an exorcist into Villa Park!

  4. As far as I can see it’s simple, get shot of McCormack, cut the losses and sign Rhodes, forget the Grealish noncense
    One point I would like to make I believe that we have treated Kozac badly, personally I think he’s miles better than Agbonlahor but hasn’t been given a chance.

  5. Maybe we should start thinking about finishing line ups as well as starting line ups ?
    When he arrived Bruce did comment that there were not sufficient different types of players to switch things around so perhaps instead of having 2 players for every position he wants to be able to switch formation such that he can say start with a 4-1-3-2 & switch to say a 4-3-3 later in the game

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