Stay positive

Have your vote on Villa's future

Aston Villa is a Championship club. We have to remember our position. For us to succeed this season it is vital that we stay positive.We’re in the second division of English football, that means that we can only attract players of that calibre.

We’re in the second division of English football, that means that we can only attract players of that calibre. Yes, Dr Tony has managed to lure John Terry but the idea of having a squad full of excellent quality players is fanciful.

There will always be players that the fans don’t take to or are deemed not good enough. However, on the whole, the Villa squad is made up of a mix of competent and experienced players and promising, young individuals.

Yes, we have one of, if not, the best squad in the league but that does not give us right to win every single game that we play. This league is one of the most challenging in world football and it is notoriously difficult to get promoted from so it is vital that we stay positive.

It’s worth recalling that Newcastle United lost their first two games of last season and still ended up winning the Championship. We can’t get carried away by a disappointing result. That is why the 1-1 draw with Hull City represents a positive result, especially from the first game of the season. There are, however, two players who seem to be getting a large slice of the blame for the Villa not collecting all three points.

We must remain positive like HuttonAlan Hutton and Leandro Bacuna aren’t the reason that Aston Villa didn’t manage to beat Hull. The buck doesn’t stop with them for why Villa conceded a goal or only scored one goal or for the display of football we produced. It is a team effort and both work hard for the Villa cause.

I’m not saying that they are the most talented players in the club. If we can improve on them in the transfer market, then, of course, that would be beneficial to the club. However, we have to be mindful of our expectations as I’ve already mentioned.

It is not that their fault that the manager picks them to play. Bruce see’s them in training and is best placed to select the team. When they are on the pitch they deserve our full support and for us to remain positive as anything else is detrimental to the cause.

The obvious candidates to replace them are James Bree and Conor Hourihane. However, Bruce must not deem them ready or able to enhance the team more than the players keeping them out. Another reason may be, that by putting Hutton and Bacuna in the shop window, it attracts suitors to buy them.

We have drawn a game against a team that was relegated from the Premiership and still have some very decent players. There are many positive’s to be taken from the game and it is something to build and improve on.

Let’s get behind the boys, no matter who is in the lineup and do our part to help get the team promoted.


  1. OK I agree about getting behind the boys but I still believe that 2 points were lost in a game that we should have been out of sight in, so why is Bruce playing Samba as a striker, and why is he targeting another defender when he should be after a striker to back up Kodjia, our defence and midfield look good but our strikers are poor, Green yes one for the future but not now he has a lot to learn about decision making and final ball. And sorry if people don’t like it but I was never a Bruce fan and I respect the opinions of others so please accept my opinions

  2. Enjoyed ‘Stay Positive’. More than enough talent in the squad, but a little bit of dead wood still to be shipped out I feel. Would love to see Amavi stay and prove what a really good wing back he could be, and I just get this funny feeling that letting Hourihane and McCormack go could be a BIG mistake. Have they suddenly become bad players ? Don’t know if they need an arm around the shoulder approach or a good kick up the backside, Mr Bruce you get paid to solve that one.

    I believe the squad has quite a few permutations to use, where we are lacking is in the final third. I have been tracking Sebastien Haller, now playing in Germany, did we even take a look ? Konate at FC Sion or how about another loan, is Wilfried Bony getting a game ? A STRIKER, AND NOW !

  3. Another thought, had we played Bielefeld we may have had a chance to see KLOS, prolific in the German lower leagues but a real handful, big strong and a good target man. At 29 probably wouldn’t cost a fortune.


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