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• Ghana international has signed a four and a half year deal at Selhurst Park• West Brom and Aston Villa were also interested in signing the 24-year-oldCrystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester for around £12m on a four and a half year deal. Related: Premier [...]
After a long drawn out process due to a pending takeover, possible incoming manager, agent problems and Nottingham Forest simply not wanting to let go of the midfielder, today is finally the day Villa have managed to bag the man their midfield has been crying out for. According to Villa [...]
By Richard Wakefield Reality Check Not a single shot on target was registered in Villa's last outing as they fell to defeat against former manager Paul Lambert's Wolves. The disappointing performance from Villa has certainly lost Villa traction in the pursuit of a potential play-off place for Steve Bruce. The [...]
Fresh reports suggest that Barnley have accepted Villa's bid for midfielder Conor Hourihane.
This is despite Barnsley's coach earlier outlining that no bids had been received directly.
In a cryptic interview, there is the sniff of something amiss, with a clear dig at agent's working their dark arts behind the scenes:
“I don't [...]
This deal has become almost as protracted as the infamous Mathieu Berson chase! Let's just hope it turns out better in the long run.
Both the national and local press are reporting that the impasse (a transfer fee and ownership wrangle) have been overcome.
Lansbury is now set to undergo [...]
Henri Lansbury Finally Done By all reports Henri Lansbury will finally sign on the dotted line for Villa after weeks of speculation. Tony Xia tweeted there is a 95% it will be done Thursday night. With a takeover for Nottingham Forest falling through and manager Philippe Montanier getting the boot [...]
We are well into the third week of the transfer ‘window', and still there's no sign of reinforcements arriving. Added to this situation is the news that Lambert has obtained striker Weimann for the rest of the season! Which makes the situation even more bizarre that we are (this Saturday) [...]
Aston Villa is currently a stalling ship. After the promising start made under Steve Bruce, the honeymoon period is now well and truly over. Poor performances have become an unwanted and recurring theme over the last few weeks. We really haven't had much to shout about. The lack of transfer [...]
It has been quite a turnaround for Villa and it is no coincidence that Steve Bruce has been the driving force behind the upturn in fortune. Villa find themselves within touching distance of the play-offs and, with twenty-five points from fifteen matches in charge, there is a restored confidence around [...]
The striker has been the subject of much transfer speculation already this month, with Villa in the market for attacking options.
Various news outlets have been carrying the story today that Villa have seen an initial bid rejected.
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This first bid is reported to have been in the [...]
Anyone that has read this blog since the end of last season will know that I wanted Steve Bruce in as our manager. That we didn't get him when we should have is actually why we find ourselves where we do. I still have faith he'll get it right, but [...]
Following yesterday's piece on Keinan Davis, Julie Bayley looks at some of the wider issues facing young players in England.
In 2013, Aston Villa's talented academy won the NextGen Trophy, beating a host of European clubs and Chelsea in the final to become the very first English club to be crowned [...]
By Liam Scahill Conor Hourihane is in a very good position. The Barnsley midfielder talisman has number of clubs after him, some more public than others, and one of them, Aston Villa, willing to quadruple his wages. With his contract ending at the end of the season, Hourihane also has [...]
Villa have been linked to 17 year old defensive Bury “wonderkid” (how many times have we heard that one?) Jacob Bedeau.
The central defender has been impressing this season, having forced his way into the first team at the age of just 16. Quite a feat at any level.
Jordan Ayew didn't make a huge dent in today's game. Uganda's return to the Africa Cup of Nations after 39 years away was spoiled by a Ghana team that would have ran rampant if not for far too many small, and stupid mistakes.
‘The Black Stars' opened their scoring through Andre [...]
Aston Villa is a team stuck in a rut. The weekend's defeat to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers was the latest in a string of showings which have become beyond lethargic. Now without a win since Boxing Day, there is a real sense that, after a brighter start to Steve Bruce's [...]
Graham Taylor's Claret and Blue Army This weekend sees Aston Villa play their first home game since the sad passing of former manager Graham Taylor. This will give Villa supporters a proper chance to say goodbye and the good news is that Villa have invited Taylor's family, including wife Rita, [...]
When all the noise was, understandably, about the rise and rise of Deli Alli, eighteen-year-old Keinan Davis' senior debut for Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup at White Hart Lane was a special moment for some.
Davis making his senior debut for Aston Villa at White Hart [...]
It's Jordan Ayew's turn today as Ghana take on Uganda. Led by the brothers Ayew and coached by Avram Grant, Ghana have all the talent in the world and should be able to find a result against Uganda. However, we saw a Togo side hold Jonathan Kodjia's Ivory Coast to [...]
Algerian midfielder is deemed surplus to requirements at Vicarage Road following the arrival or former Villa loanee Tom Cleverley.
Reports indicate that the price tag of around £3m appeals to Bruce, with the need to rectify our abysmal midfield now reaching crisis point.
Any deal would be comfortably funded by the [...]
Regular readers of the blog's comments will know by now that Steamer, aka Gary Haddon, has passed away.
When Aston Villa Life came about in March of 2011, Gary was one of the originals who believed in what this site was trying to be – a place for friends to be [...]
The Aston Villa man tried his best today, but he couldn't find a goal for his team as they fall to a stalemate against Togo. Jonathan Kodjia started ahead of Stoke's Wilfried Bony as Cote d'Ivoire started their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon against a Togo team captained [...]
Veteran left back shipped out on loan, option to buy
Aly Cissokho was never going to be a solution at left back — but at times he was the only option. Serviceable(ish) in defense, able to get forward, and seemingly unable to do anything productive once forward. There is [...]
Kodjia's boys make their debut in the 2017 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations against Togo Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew will be serving a higher purpose over the next few weeks as they represent the Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) and Ghana respectively at the Africa Cup [...]
Well, it wasn't the drubbing many of us expected score-wise, but it certainly was in terms of performance.
It all started poorly when Nathan Baker suffered a hamstring problem during the warm up, which amazes me in itself.
Surely the players should be well versed in this? Or is it just that [...]
We can't lost today because I don't want that excuse for a manager, living off a fairly average career with one high point, given to him because he got lucky, thinking he's moved on to better things. Nobody of any sense in the game will think he has, but he [...]
I seem to have said that a few times lately, but it's true isn't it?
It's got to the state that if we drop any points, it'll be a massive setback, because there are too many teams that are more consistent than us.
I was really hoping we'd have had at least [...]
Aston Villa's recent Championship form has taken on an unnerving familiar character in recent weeks, and continued to disappoint with a woeful 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. In this week's show Chris and Steve discuss that game and Villa's run since Boxing Day, so if you're expecting positives [...]