Date: 14th July 2021 at 10:15pm
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As Aston Villa fans will know, earlier today saw the release of our new home kit for the coming 2021/22 campaign and whilst it’s not to everyone’s liking (those stripes are a bit bold but when was the last time we all liked the kit?), I think the vast majority of fans will be happy with that – particularly if we hit the ground running again this year and continue to show further improvements in our play.

What was telling for me was the players used in the promotion shots and video that were released by the club.

Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins were obvious picks from our first team, but plenty of fans would’ve taken a massive boost from seeing Jack Grealish and John McGinn involved given the almost endless speculation that we’ve seen about those two, in particular, during the summer.

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Now undoubtedly the promotional material would’ve been knocked up by the club a good few weeks ago and probably before the Euros (we know Meatball is away), but given our owners now and the professionalism we’ve seen in decision making, I fail to see how they would’ve used Jack if they had even a minor worry that he wouldn’t remain with us.

So for me, this instantly knocks on the head the daft claims from some that a deal has already been done and dusted with Manchester City and massively places further doubt on those claims that a deal will soon be done when he returns from his break after international duty.

Things could still change, this is football after all, but we have the power, the ball is still in our court and Jack has never looked like a player trying to engineer a move with the way he’s talked throughout the European Championships – it’s still down to us to improve again next year and show him that we are on track for where we all know he’s more than capable of playing.

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