I am pleased to say I am so glad that we have acquired Dean Smith as our manager. Yes, he doesn’t possibly have the pull or glamour of Thierry Henry but at least we all know he brings to us a chance to play positive and attractive football.

In the current Aston Villa squad, he has the resources there to play great attacking football. There are ample attacking options and if used correctly, we could be devastating and climb up the league. Let’s not mention our defence right now, perhaps, for now, our best form of defence is our offence.

Some fans have suggested that the job could be too big for Smith. Yes, he is untested at a club like Villa but so was Thierry Henry. Someone Villa fans were prepared to take the risk with. Let’s give him a chance, he knows the Football League and he knows how to play positive football. It is just what we want and needs, isn’t it? Exciting football. He could prove to be perfect for us and help us regain our identity.

John Terry

Exciting times with Smith and TerryJohn Terry will join Smith and become one of his assistant managers. I personally believe this is a brilliant move for Villa. It gave me the same feeling I get on slotsgames. You know, that feeling of excitement about the unknown.

He perhaps has the pull and attraction that Smith is maybe lacking so together, they could make a good combination. Also, I hope John will help sort our leaky defence out as well as give some guidance to the players – Jack Grealish, especially. If Terry takes him under his wing again, as he admitted to doing last season then we could see Grealish, the unstoppable force again.

Clean slate

I won’t go into to much detail about this subject as it was covered in the article this morning. But there are plenty at the club who will get a clean slate. An opportunity to impress the new management team. Players like Henri Lansbury, Neil Taylor and Scott Hogan spring to mind. They will all want to be part of this exciting new chapter of our history.

If we are all being honest, despite Hogan being injured, he was always likely to be behind both Jonathan Kodjia and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order. However, Smith has worked with Hogan during their time at Brentford. This could work in the striker’s favour. I am personally a fan of Hogans. He works so hard up top and he did score a few goals for us when he had a run in the team and Smith will be well aware of all of his attributes. I will not be surprised to see Hogan really push for a starting berth.

January options

By the time the January transfer window comes around, Smith will have a much better idea of the squad he is working with. Providing we are in a decent position, I am sure the new owners will look to back their new man.

The defensive area is certainly an area he needs to look at. He may even look to raid his former club, Brentford. Yoann Barbet can play both left-back or centre-back and could prove to be a decent option. However, we could look closer to home. Mitch Clark who is currently on loan at Port Vale springs to mind. He has earned rave reviews in his 11 appearances for them so far. If his form continues, he could be recalled in January.


  1. If Hogan can play off a proper centre forward who doesn’t wimp out of every challenge, if he gets the occasional pass from his fellow forward, if he is part of a team that breaks fast and gets numbers forward at every opportunity he can be devastating – Obviously this means playing off Davies or Abraham and not a showboating, moaning, switch-off merchant who should be top of the transfer list in January.


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