Date: 20th September 2019 at 7:30am
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When it comes to football, the more outrageous the opinion, the more it seems to spark a reaction from the fans and we all know this – Talksport are one of many who’ve made a business out of it, and they again haven’t disappointed this week as Alan Brazil welcomed Danny Mills to the microphone to talk about Aston Villa’s start to life as we return to the Premier League for the 2019/20 campaign.

Utilising the well-known skill of failing to do any research whatsoever and simply relying on their own headlines (as they remember them), whilst there is a sense to the three players they picked out as being key to head coach Dean Smith this year, fans were incredibly quick to point to their errors.

Given we’ve shown we can at least compete, and compete well, even if results haven’t exactly been stellar so far, ‘the rest’ is a bit of a broad statement to say the least. A few in the squad are yet to really impress fans, that’s just the truth and even the more optimistic would accept that, even if they caveated the comment with the phrase ‘still adjusting’.

But others have certainly impressed and shown themselves to be above ‘bordering on average’ but that seems to have missed Talksport as they go for the easy headline.

John McGinn, Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings are undoubtedly three of our top players, but we’ve seen strong performances from Bjorn Engels. Fred Guilbert, Douglas Luiz and Mavelous Nakamba are three more who have certainly shown fantastic signs that they could be great additions. We’re also missing Tom Heaton from the conversation here, and there are others like Trezeguet and Jota who have been a bit more mixed, but have still shown glimpses as they make the step up.

The ‘will we survive question’ is a valid one, but four points from five games as we find our feet isn’t too bad when you take the full reality of our situation into the question, and given we are seeing slight improvements (and if Wesley had been sharper our points tally would’ve been greater), I’d rather be in our position than those immediately above us, and below us, and I doubt I’m alone as we’re definitely not firing on all cylinders yet.

It wasn’t just Villa fans who felt it was a daft comment to make.

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