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7500 To Holte 3 hours ago

Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan makes his Premier League return

Aston Villa’s American Goalkeeper has today left the club to join up with Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough. This follows news of a medical at the Teeside club. Aston Villa announced the following on their official site: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has joined Middlesbrough. The USA international has signed at the Riverside on a two-year deal. Guzan, who joined from Chivas USA in August 2008, made 171 appearances for us in all competitions. Best wishes to Brad in his future football career. Pretty brief for a guy who made nearly 200 games for Villa, no? Brad can be described as nothing...
7500 To Holte 6 hours ago

The case for being optimistic despite Villa’s quiet window

With just three signings in the books a week before the season starts, it’s understandable to be a little pessimistic about Villa’s upcoming season. But what if the talent level wasn’t the issue last year? So here we sit. A week from today, the Championship season kicks off with Fulham v Newcastle, and two days later, Aston Villa’s campaign will get going, away to Sheffield Wednesday. At this point a year ago — the Friday before the final week of preparations began — Villa had done more than the lion’s share of the summer’s transfer dealings. Micah Richards signed in June,...
7500 To Holte 23 hours ago

Idrissa Gana Gueye set for Everton transfer

Aston Villa are looking increasingly helpless in their battle to keep Idrissa Gana in Birmingham for their Football League Championship campaign. Not only has Gana got a stupidly low release clause of around £7 million (supposedly so to grab his interest in the first place, but why bother?), but only one bidder has come forward for the midfielder. That bidder is Everton FC. According to ESPN FC, Gana is a medical away from moving to Merseyside. Idrissa Gana had a pretty good year at Villa and is a very similar player to both N’Golo Kante of Chelsea and Victor Wanyama of Tottenham...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2016

Guzan has Middlesbrough medical

Aston Villa are ready to wave goodbye to one of the team's few international stars as USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan has his medical at Middlesbrough according to Sky. With the arrival of 21-year-old Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona (after a previous stint at Manchester United), Guzan was clearly set to be replaced and is set to move to the Premier League new boys on a free transfer. Decline of a star Hard to remember as it is after a shocker of a season, Guzan fought his way into the team ahead of Shay Given and was voted club Player of the Year in 2012/13 in that season's survival...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2016

Get involved with a support message to Aston Villa

The Villa View have something special planned and YOU can get involved. Here’s details from the crew. Are you keen to get involved in our motivational support video for the Villa boys? We'll be filming at the Middlesborough friendly, you can come and give your message to our cameras. (more details on social media to follow) Can't make it to Villa Park on Saturday? You can email us a video message. Keep it short, get passionate. Use a camera, phone or tablet. FILM LANDSCAPE. Set your device down, keep it steady. Frame yourself nicely. Basically check out Dan's video above, and copy that!...
7500 To Holte Jul 28, 2016

Villa youngsters set to clash with the cream of Europe in international competition

There’s a bunch of opportunities this season for Villa’s youth! Aston Villa will be taking part in the ‘Premier League International Cup’ for the coming 2016/2017 season. It’s Villa’s players under the age of 23 who will be taking part in this tournament featuring the likes of Manchester United, Benfica, Valencia and other teams sourced from England and Europe. Here’s Villa’s official story: The competition will be open to players U23 so that Clubs will be permitted to name three over age outfield players and one overage goalkeeper. It sees twelve of England’s best...
7500 To Holte Jul 27, 2016

Villa must get an auction going for Idrissa Gana

It was unsurprising but still disappointing to see the news that Everton have reportedly triggered a £7.1 million release clause for Idrissa Gana. But it is a chance for the new management to show it has a good deal more financial savvy than the last lot in getting an auction going to secure the best price. As has been much quoted, Gana was second only to N'Golo Kanté in his rate of tackles and interceptions last season. Kanté was sold to Chelsea for £32 million. How good is Gana? So first off let me be clear - Idrissa Gana was not nearly as good as Kanté was last season. Kanté...
7500 To Holte Jul 26, 2016

It's time to stop questioning Tony Xia's legitimacy

Tony Xia has been the official owner of Aston Villa for a whole now. A manager has been appointed, three solid players have been signed with presumably more to come and Xia has showcased a new hands-off approach which is in stark contrast to Villa's previous owner, the reclusive Randy Lerner. Xia has preferred to set up new relations and invest in the clubs future rather than get involved with the playing staff. That should be applauded. However Xia is still in the sights of various media outlets and a fair few Aston Villa fans. It's probably worth getting one thing straight. As much...
7500 To Holte Jul 26, 2016

Micah Richards probably isn't going to Sunderland

Despite being heavily linked with a move to Wearside all week, Micah Richards' rumoured move to Sunderland now looks unlikely. Stories linking Richards to David Moyes' Premier League side have been picking up traction all week, with the Birmingham Mail reporting on it yesterday. This came after the Daily Star claimed that Sunderland were set to activate Richards' £5 million release clause. However, this all now looks unlikely, at least according to this Tweet from The Daily Mail's Craig Hope: I understand Aston Villa's Micah Richards will NOT be signing for Sunderland and there never...
7500 To Holte Jul 25, 2016

Guzan set to leave for Boro this week

It looks like Brad Guzan could be the first to leave Aston Villa as the club prepares to shed some players on high wages Goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future at Aston Villa was always going to be in jeopardy following a season that he'll want to forget. Splitting playing time with Mark Bunn near the end probably wasn't in his plans, and neither was playing football outside of England's top flight. Fortunately for the U.S. national team goalkeeper, both of those worries should be things he doesn't have to worry about anymore. Last week, we learned that Villa were willing to let him go for free,...
7500 To Holte Jul 25, 2016

Africa Cup of Nations has potential to wreck Villa’s season

Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gueye are both likely to duck out for a month to represent their countries at AFCON, while Rudy Gestede could be joining them. That’s going to be a problem for Roberto Di Matteo. I’m a big fan of the Africa Cup of Nations. Held every other January and February, it combines some of the world’s best international sides and players with a bit of unpredictability that allows nations like Zambia to take home a crown. And it does all that while breaking up the monotony of the league season that sets in during the cold, dull northern winters we share on both sides of...
7500 To Holte Jul 24, 2016

Aston Villa’s Owner Tony Xia references Chairman Mao in ‘inspirational’ tweet

It’s a blessing and a curse, having the owner of your beloved football club on a platform such as twitter. You get awesome snippets of discussion and insights into the club. We know that Xia wants to help introduce safe standing, change Villa’s badge, ensure the club store is stocked and even change the menu at Villa Park. However, in the same time frame, Villa’s new owner has already paid tribute (although accidentally) to Jimmy Saville and has now chucked an image of Chairman Mao Zedong (or the 1st Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China) into his twitter...
7500 To Holte Jul 24, 2016

Xia: Club to ‘discuss’ safe standing arrival at Villa Park

Standing hasn’t been seen at B6 since the 1990s, and it would require a change in law to see, but Dr. Tony Xia is willing to open the discussion on safe standing in the Holte End. Could standing areas be on their way back to Villa Park? If Dr. Tony Xia has his way, it just might. In response to a fan question on Twitter about if he could “get the ball rolling to make the Holte safe standing,” the new Villa owner had this to say: It is a question asked several times. We will discuss it seriously. https://t.co/RTFAFV82Hn— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 24, 2016 The safe standing...
7500 To Holte Jul 23, 2016

Villa 1 Nantes 0: Dry friendly ends with a Villa win

Roberto di Matteo's claret and blue travelled to France to take on Nantes Saturday evening and emerged as 1-0 winners. Aston Villa's largely successful preseason run of form continued Saturday afternoon in Nantes. Despite being a dry and unentertaining match, Villa are able to return home as winners thanks to Rudy Gestede's second half goal. The first half passed without almost any incident - Villa's fist look at goal didn't come until the 37th minute, when Jordan Ayew slashed a difficult volley well over the bar. New goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was the one bright spot of the first half,...
7500 To Holte Jul 22, 2016

Carles Gil might be done with Aston Villa

The Spanish midfielder has returned to his country of birth on a year-long loan deal Well, it looks like Carles Gil won't be a Villa player anymore. The slight Spaniard has been shipped out to Deportivo de La Coruña on a year-long deal with the potential for the loan to become a permanent transfer. Gil was a cult figure among Villa fans who seemed to think Carles was a better player than he actually was. Gil will be remembered best for his goals against Bournemouth and Sunderland, in which the clash with the latter saw him produce a scissor kick that would shade Christian Benteke green...
7500 To Holte Jul 21, 2016

Rovers - Villa Match Reaction

MattVillan gives a brief assessment of the players' performance from Wednesday's friendly It was an unexpectedly cool West Country evening as Aston Villa found themselves unexpectedly drawing against Bristol Rovers on Wednesday night. Starting with Gollini in goal, with Hutton, Okore, Baker and Bennett in defence, Villa were untroubled in the final third for much of the first half, with Gollini coming out to smother a half chance and the back line having to clear the odd decent cross. Bennett and Hutton, as a result, managed to spend much of their time on the pitch well up in the attacking...
7500 To Holte Jul 20, 2016

Gil set for loan return to Spain; Depor holds option to buy

After an up-and-down 18 months at Villa Park, Carles Gil looks to be out the door — he’ll join Deportivo La Coruña on loan, with a purchase option in place for the Spanish club. After a turbulent 18 months since arriving in January 2015, Carles Gil’s Aston Villa spell looks set to come to a close, with Spanish outlet Marca reporting (among others) that Gil will join Deportivo La Coruña on loan, with the Galician outlet also holding an option to buy. There’s no report on what the purchase fee will look like down the road, but with a surplus of first-team players in the squad, it...
7500 To Holte Jul 20, 2016

Stan Petrov won't be returning for Aston Villa

Stan Petrov won't be making his second debut for Aston Villa. Aston Villa have today confirmed that they won't be offering a contract to Stiliyan Petrov. The Bulgarian had recently returned to Aston Villa for pre-season training in the hopes of being selected by Roberto Di Matteo for Villa's championship campaign. But Di Matteo will not be offering Petrov a position on his playing staff. Di Matteo said: "Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us. I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the Club." - Di Matteo This is absolutely gutting for me -...
7500 To Holte Jul 20, 2016

Villa offer Brad Guzan to Premier League club FOR FREE

Goalkeeper Guzan will be allowed to leave at no cost to Middlesbrough FC. In an attempt to clear some of the deadwood from the wage bill, Aston Villa will allow Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough to take Brad Guzan off their hands free of charge. The original report is from John Percy for The Telegraph. Guzan, the starting US National team goalkeeper, has been at Villa since August 2008, making 171 appearances across all competitions. In the Premier League for the Villans, he's played in 144 games, keeping 27 clean sheets while allowing 241 goals. Boro will be hoping the...
7500 To Holte Jul 19, 2016

Need a league for Fantasy Premier League? How about ours!

Aston Villa won't be playing in England's top flight this season, but we're still renewing our league. The start of the football season is just around the corner, meaning it's time to get back into the fantasy mode. This time, we get to experience the Premier League as true neutrals (except for hating West Brom, we will always hate West Brom). However, since Aston Villa aren't around, we won't get to select any of Roberto Di Matteo's players in our virtual XI's. Still, Fantasy Premier League should still be an enjoyable competition, so we've reactivated our league. The league...

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