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Paul McGrath: Building a Villan Legacy!

Started on 22 October 2014 by No1VillaFan / First Post
Latest Reply on 29 June 2015 by No1VillaFan / Last Post
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brilliant win and your in the final with a chance of silverware


TWO In & TWO Out At Villa On Deadline Day


It was a big day in the transfer market for Aston Villa boss Paul McGrath sold one player and loaned one player out as two new signings came through the doors at Villa Park.

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Chalobah moves on loan to Stoke City for the season

It took until early afternoon for any action to take place at Aston Villa's training ground Bodymoor Heath but when it did, it all happened within 2 hours. First was a departure though in Englishman Nathanial Chalobah moving on loan to Stoke City. Chalobah, who moved to Villa in the summer on a free transfer has struggled to make an impact this season with manager Paul McGrath using James McCarthy in the defensive midfield role when it was employed so the 24 year old has gone on loan for the rest of the season.

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Ozturk comes in to challenge Sandro

As news come in of two bids for Ivan Rakitic, McGrath swooped for Dutch left wing back Heyrettin Ozturk. The wing back, who was also eligable to play for Turkey moves to Villa Park for an initial fee of £10,000,000 with it possibly raising upto £19,000,000 based on appearances and international appearances. The Dutchman started his career in Holland for PSV and made 39 appearances before CSKA Moscow signed him for £9,250,000 where he played 36 times in two years before McGrath swooped to give Alex Sandro something to think about in the left back position.

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Rakitic moves to Spartak Moscow

As soon as that deal was concluded, Ivan Rakitic was sold to Russian side Spartak Moscow for £5,500,000. The Croatian attacking midfielder was shocking last season for Villa and is one of the highest earners at Villa Park but he has now departed to pastures new. I was glad to get out of there said Rakitic at his unveiling in Moscow. McGrath is not a good man manager at all and that is why he has not been able to win trophies that he should have with the players that he has at his disposal and I will not be going back to Villa anytime soon to play of them!

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Keith Lee moves to Villa for a BIG fee and will hope ot live up to that fee

Then Villa concluded there final transfer deal of January bringing in English Under 21 international Keith Lee in from Crystal Palace for a reported £13,000,000 with £9,000,000 in add ons and this also shows how expensive English players are to buy. I am very glad that Keith has come on board and we will not be loaning him out as I feel he is ready to start in the Premier League straight away.

So an exceptionally busy day in the market for Villa but now they can concentrate on trying to move up the table.
Nice young signings and Chalobah should get some nice game time at Stoke.
Good signings there
Damn man can't believe you have been doing this so long. It's amazing and great signings man
some awesome signings mate, hopefully you can get something out of them!

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Rondon IS Aston Villa's Special One


When Aston Villa manager Paul McGrath signed Salomon Rondon for a huge £48,000,000 from Spurs, some people thought that Villa had severely overspent but after they lost out to Spurs the season before they just new they had to pay through the nose because his record in that one season was 14 goals in 30 games which did not seem a lot except they wanted him to play more defensive as a striker.

So when Villa were quoted the huge price and amazingly matched spurs price, to which Rondon accepted the chance second time round to move to Villa Park. It was considered by McGrath to be the striker he had desperately needed after other big names had failed to live up to thier billing at Villa. Daniel Sturridge, Kevin Volland, Andi Weimann and Gonzalo Higuain all tried to become the main man at Villa but all failed as fans turned on them all saying they just wanted the money so when Rondon started banging int he goals he became a instant hit and then could do no wrong.

Rondon, until this season operated as a lone front man but with the emergence of Luka Jovic, he now has someone runnig off him and with the quality that Jovic has is a perfect spoil to give the 29 year old Rondon a bit more space to score more goals. Salomon Rondon currently has another four years left on his £210,000 a week deal at Villa Park and it looks like he will break the Villa goalscoring record of 215 goals from Harry Hampton which was done over a sixteen year period but Rondon could well do this in another three to four years, which would smash the record.
The beast that is Rondon!!!
Dude is a boss and nice looking graphic!

Capital One Cup Final Preview


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There is excitement at Wembley this weekend as 90,000 fans are expected to flock to Wembley to watch Aston Villa take on Arsenal in the F.A Cup Final. The match is expected by media sources to be one of the most exciting finals of all time with two ultra attacking sides locking horns.

Five-times winners of the Capital One Cup Aston Villa are looking to record there first victory in the final since 1996. They play an Arsenal side with a shocking record in the final of this competition. The Villans have had a great run to the final which saw them score thirteen goals and concede just five goals in the cup this season.

But former Villa manager Brian Little has signalled out a defender as the player for Villa to watch. Laurent Koscielny is apparently the most influential Arsenal player for the forthcoming final against Aston Villa. Little went on to say if Aston Villa were to win the game comfortably they have to find a way around Arsenal's main defensive lynch-pin.

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Little has warned Villa about Arsenal's defender

Koscielny is reported far from happy at Emirates Stadium and, although still considered an important member of the Arsenal squad, the central defender is said to be considering the options available to him.

In-form Villa are touted as comfortable favourites but being a final anything could happen as Arsenal can be amazing but then could be awful.

Both Villa and Arsenal will be hoping to cap their fine runs to the final by lifting the Capital One Cup trophy come full time.

Arsenal beat Barnsley, Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City, Fulham and Manchester City whilst Aston Villa beat Burnley, Middlesbrough, Everton and Chelsea to get to the final.
Great write up I am excited for the match
looking forward to the final, hope Rondon fires you to glory

Capital One Cup Final Show

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Paul Merson Welcome to coverage from Wembley. I am Paul Merson as Aston Villa and Arsenal face off. This is a special show live from the Capital as Aston Villa look to win there first piece of silverware. Joining me live on Channel 5 this afternoon, we have three guest's. First up is a man who has played in so many finals for Manchester United, Paul Scholes. Also joining us is England Manager Josep Guardiola, who while managing Spurs defeated Villa in the Europa League final and finally England legend John Terry, welcome guys.

Before we hear from our three guests lets head to the tunnel and grab the team news with Patrick Viera. So Patrick does Jack Wilshere start against his former club?

Patrick Viera Yes Paul he does start, in the central midfield holding role alongside fellow Englishman Will Hughes. While Arsenal name 17 year old Ricky Riley in there starting line up for his debut! This has baffled most Arsenal fans as Villa name a full strength side, so here are the teams in full.

Aston Villa line up with a 4-2-2-2 formation, with Leno in goal, the back four from left to right of Ozturk, Alderweireld, Stones and former Arsenal man Callum Chambers, Wilshere and Hughes in the central midfield role and then Sterling and De Bruyne as the attackive wingers with Rondon and Jovic up front for the Villans. There bench is Ryan Gauld, Timo Werner, Steven Caulker, Niklas Sule, Dele Alli, James Ward-Prowse and keeper Sirigu.

Arsenal have gone for the 4-2-3-1 formation with Rulli in goal and the the back four from left to right of Ghoulam, Vermealen, Knoche and Patric. The central midfield partnership of Asamoah and Florenzi with Salah, Sanchez and debutee Riley infront of the two midfielders with Welbeck up front by himself with a bench of the sub keeper Joronen, Montgomery, Ramsey, Insigne, Gibbs, Vrsaljko and Jorginho and with that it is back to you Paul.

Thanks Patrick, what do you make of that then guys and how do you think the match will go?

Paul Scholes I think Arsenal are going to win this, they have a good record against Aston Villa, who under McGrath have made wonderful progress but seem to really struggle in the big games. Rondon, for all his greatness at Villa bottles the big matches and in Danny Welbeck, Arsenal have a player who knows how to score against Villa and that will give them a 3-1 victory.

John Terry I disagree with Paul and think Aston Villa will end there long wait for a trophy under Paul McGrath. People are forgetting that Paul has got a lot of talent before him but he knows how to nerture that talent and in Luka Jovic and Salomon Rondon, Villa have a great strike partnership with De Bruyne and Sterling there to provide them with the very direct play that Aston Villa have become known to and they will have too much for Arsenal and win atleast 3-0

Josep Guardiola Both sides have there plus side and negitive side but you have to look at Aston Villa's front four, not two because Sterling and De Bruyne, along with subsitutes Werner and Gauld all have a lot of goals in them and if they perform like they usually do, then they will over-run a very old Arsenal defence but Arsenal can produce big when needed but this will all depend on Ricky Riley, if the pressure is too much Villa will effectively play against ten men and will win easily. I will go for a Villa 2-1 win after extra time.

Paul Merson Well thanks guys, earlier we caught up with a couple of the big name players before the match and asked them who they will be approaching the match on Saturday. Lets start with former Arsenal man who is in his first season at Villa, Jack Wilshere.

Jack Wilshere This is a huge game for me because this is the first season in a long time where I have been injury free and I am hoping the gaffer picks me to play against Arsenal because I had many good years there and I feel they let me go sooner than they should of and now I have a chance to win a trophy with my new club and I feel we could do it.

Danny Welbeck This is huge for both clubs but they guys have unfinished business against Villa because they took our Champions League place off us last season because of the fair play rubbish but this is a different season and we will show Villa that we are still better!

Paul Merson Ok the sides are out so lets join our commentators Phil Neville but first and a good afternoon to Alan Green.

Green Thanks Paul, welcome to the Capital One Cup Final live on Channel 5 from Wembley and what a glorious day it is. Aston Villa just won the toss and are playing away to there fans as they prefer to attack to them in the second half. Phil, how do you think it will go today.

Neville Well it is going to be a fantastic match and with Aston Villa appointing Jack Wilshere as captain, anything can happen.

Green And we are underway with Villa attacking first

(The match is in the next update)
Excellent write up there!! I can't wait to see how the match plays out.

Capital One Cup Match Day


The fans are ready

First Half Match Report


'4' Welbeck passes it to Riley, who is on his first appearance for the club. That is an amazing pass to Welbeck, who skips across Stones and unleashes a thunderbolt.......... but its gone wide with Leno beaten.

'7' It has all been Arsenal since the start of the game and here is Asamoah on the ball, he skips past Wilshere like he was not there and then bends a wonderful cross in and Welbeck meets the ball with his head...........GOALLLLL. That was a brilliant move from Arsenal, who look up for this today and a none existent Villa need to kick into gear.


Welbeck hits first for Gunners

'11' Aston Villa are looking to have some possession now as the ball is with former Gunner Callum Chambers, who has a bit of space to move forward. He has Rondon for support but instead skips past Florenzi and gives a short ball to Raheem Sterling, who puts his head down and runs. Hes past knoche like he is not there, Jovic is screaming for it............GOALLLLL...... WOW what a strike by the Englishman! that was all of 25 yards out and Villa, although they do not deserve it are back on level terms.


Sterling Makes it 1-1

'20' Villa have been dominant since scoring the equaliser as the dangerous Rondon snatches the ball off Patric on the right and plays a give and go with Jovic. the ball gets back to Rondon but he has been bought down just outside the box by Patric, with a pretty bad challenge and yes he has been booked too.

Wilshere stand over the free kick, he clips it it...............Jovicccccccccc, he thinks he has scored but the ball did not cross the line! Agonising for Villa there.


Did the ball cross the line for Jovic?

'32' Wilshere, who has grown into this game today after being given the captains armband heads the ball to De Bruyne, who turns and gives it to the impressive Jovic, who leaves Vermealen for dead and unleashes a shot from 12 yards out but it is well wide, great pressure from Villa though.

'41' Arsenal now have a chance to counter with Florenzi, who quickly dispatches to Ghoulam who in turn gets it to Riley and WOW that was exquisite by the 17 year old as he plays a back flick through to Sanchez, who also SMACKS the post as the ball goes out for a Villa throw in.

'45' That is half time and it is 1-1 here at Wembley.

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