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  1. Grealish was easily my best player of the season and has just made his international debut for England in the last round of fixtures;
  2. Aston Villa Season 2 update So with the end of the season approaching and us currently sitting in the 7th and final European place by a couple of points we faced a make or, more than likely, break run of fixtures (Arsenal away, Chelsea at home, Burnley away & Man City at home). I targeted a victory away at Burnley and didn't really expect much else from the other three games, but as we all know best laid plans very rarely play out as you would expect; I'm not going to say we particularly deserved the results we got, particularly as Arsenal and Man City played us off the park and only the heroics of Jack Butland kept us in those games. The Chelsea game was just shaded by them and they probably deserved a point, and bizarrely we totally outclassed Burnley in all areas but lost 3-0......go figure! Anyway, that run of results was enough to comfortably secure 7th place and European football next season
  3. Our best result so far.... While masterminding this 4-2 win over Liverpool I was watching Vila beat Blues 4-2 irl, happy days
  4. Aston Villa Season 2 - Update So it as been an entertaining start to the season so far; August W4-3 v Everton (A) - Kodija 2, Abraham, Demme L2-3 v Tottenham (H) - Grealish, Kodija L4-5 v Liverpool (A) - Abraham 2, Jese, Bedeau L2-4 v Southampton (H) - Jese, Luiz (og) September W3-2 v Brighton (A) - McGinn, Chester, Hogan W2-0 v Derby (H) - Jese, McGinn W1-0 v Man U (A) - Bailly (og) W1-0 v Newcastle (H) - Kodija There have been two major turning points already this season. The first being losing Tuanzebe and Wober, my first choice centreback pairing, during/after the first game against Everton. This left Chester and the rookie Bedeau as my centrebacks going up against Tottenham & Liverpool. This proved costly, particularly against Tottenham where we conceded two goals from corners to Alderweireld. Ultimately though we put up two performances that gave me confidence we would be able to steer well clear of the relegation battle. I was hoping to get back on track at home to Southampton, but unfortunately we ended up losing a game we dominated, partly down to playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men following Abrahams straight red. The second and most significant turning point so far was the Brighton game. At half time we were 2-0 down having conceded 13 shots while not mustering a single shot ourselves. A half time bollocking produced a stunning second half comeback to secure our second win of the season. With the return of both Wober and Tuanzebe from injury three more wins followed, and more importantly three cleansheets, with a string of world class performances from Jack Butland helping considerably. After 8 games we currently sit in the lofty heights of 6th. Only Liverpool & Tottenham have managed more than our 19 goals so far, but the 17 conceded is third worst in the Prem. Hopefully though the last 3 games are a sign of things to come defensively. Jack Grealish has continued where he left off last season, with 1 goal and 7 assists in 8 games so far.
  5. Possibly, nobbled by the ref? Thanks Thought it was best to bolster the squad rather than just bringing in 2 top class players. Wanted to sign Sturaro permanently but had run out of transfer budget, but have agreed a fee of £7.25m to make the deal permanent (currently valued at £14.25m).
  6. Aston Villa Season 2 pre-season Hope you don't mind if I continue to post in here following promotion to the Prem, but there is no dedicated Villa thread as far as I can see. So immediately our promotion was confirmed the board provided a transfer budget of £44m to avoid relegation. The first order of business was getting Abraham (35 goals & 13 assists) and Tuanzebe back on loan for a second season having performed so well in the Championship winning season, then it was a case of strengthening the spine of the team. All players signed permanently were transfer listed and therefore picked up for well below their true value. This leaves the team going into the Premium League season as; GK - Butland / Nyland DR - Sturaro / Bree DCR - Wober / Bedeau DCL - Tuanzebe / Chester DL - Lato / Taylor MR - Jese / Green MCR - Demme / Bjaranason MCL - McGinn / Hourihane ML - Grealish / El Ghazi STCR - Kodija / Davis STCL - Abraham / Hogan Pre-season went extremely well with the team continuing where they left off last season. This was followed up by a great start to life in the Prem, with a good win away at Everton. Annoyingly Wober was injured during the game and is out for 5-6 weeks. But more annoyingly apparently Tuanzebe was also injured and will miss a similar period, despite there being no indication in the screenshot above that he picked up any kind of knock (bug???). We are therefore down to our third and fourth choice centrebacks, with the next two games being against Spurs & Liverpool.
  7. @Dong21 I will try and remember to post when I am on later
  8. Yeah Grealish had a great season tbf & will hopefully push on. Not sure how he beat Abraham to Player of the Year though when you compare the stats???
  9. Aston Villa Season 1 Review Having completed an eventful first season it is time for a quick review before Premier League dominance begins I won't dwell on the transfer activity, as to be honest there really wasn't much. With only Jedinak leaving permanently and a handful of loans coming and going. There wasn't much between the top 4 for much of the season and a shocking February should have seen us drop off the pace. This was my own fault as for some unknow reason I decided to try out different tactis Fortunately none of our rivals faired much better and an unbeaten run, from the start of March to the end of the season (W10 & D2), saw us wrap up both promotion and the title with two games to spare. The final table looks more comfortable than the reality. The end of season awards rewarded our eventual dominance, with our players picking up pretty much everything going and also dominating the EFL Championship Team of the Season. With a budget of £44m to ensure Premium League survival there will be plenty of comings and goings. I have already been able to bring back Abraham and Tuanzebe on loan for another season, and have snapped up Jack Butland who was transfer listed by Stoke. That is already a promising start
  10. So a bad run of form in February should have seen us (Villa) drop away from the top two positions, but fortunately the other teams at the top also struggled and we only dropped into second. Thankfully our form picked up in March and we regained top spot. The 7-0 win over Blackburn would be pretty remarkable in any circumstances, but even more so having had a player sent off after only 29 minutes with the score at 0-0. A win in our first game of April, away at second placed Sheff W, saw us open up a nice gap. UPDATE: Have won the league with 2 games to spare.
  11. It has been a few years since I last played FM (FM16 in fact) but back then searching for players there was on option to filter out players that wouldn't be interested in joining your club. Is that filter still available as I can't find it anywhere?
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