Date: 15th June 2019 at 8:30am
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Aston Villa probably surprised fans when we confirmed that we had done a deal with Birmingham City that saw Jota and Gary Gardner trade places, and with a £4million fee spoken about most (I think) felt it was an excellent deal for a number of reasons.

Head coach Dean Smith knows Jota extremely well given their time together at Brentford, and for £4million, even if he doesn’t settle at Villa Park, in 12 months his value is at least £6-8million with Premier League football now on CV and it meant we had also maximised Gardner’s worth to at least £2million.

Win, win as I said at the time.

There was some speculation on social media and in our Vital Villa Jota thread that we had in fact struck a straight swap deal and that the £4million talk was purely a speculated valuation from Birmingham’s side – which if true makes the deal even sweeter in our direction given they paid £6million for him.

Whilst that hadn’t obviously been confirmed, this week developments at St Andrew’s took a turn and there might be more than a grain of truth to it.

Sky Sports reported on Thursday that there had been a major falling out between Garry Monk and their Board as he didn’t sanction the Jota deal despite clearly wanting Gardner, yet they approved it anyway. There was also speculation that his budget wouldn’t be boosted because no fee swapped hands.

Given everything that happened in the last derby clash, Jack Grealish and then Monk’s utterly idiotic words after the game (let alone Gardner’s comments), can you blame some fans for revelling in this?

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8 Replies to ““Karma Is Real” “Announce Pulis” – These Villa Fans Relish Latest Local Fiasco”

  • Know nothing about Jota but prepared to rely on our manager. Can honestly say I have no idea why we are pursuing a Leeds player if it’s true that he is determined to stay where he is, we don’t need players that are not 100% with us, and if he preferrs to stay a Championship player it highlights his ambitions as a footballer so leave him where he is in a Championship team, and yes heard it all before Leeds are now saying they will be going all out for promotion next year, but isn’t that exactly what they did this year and look where they ended up.
    Come on Villa plenty of players as good or better out there, and why haven’t we announced Mings and Hause I would have thought theses are our priorities.

    • You say about championship player and wants to stay where he is. What about JG and how he served club over selfish opportunity last season!

  • Even if Jota was free he has a 6m contract plus signing on and agent fees, so regardless of where he came from he will need to do more than warm the bench, which he did quite a lot last season. A lot of money for a one footed lightweight player, but still a low cost risk by today’s PL standards.

  • Shocking deal if Jota and Gardner was a straight swap. I’d have taken GG on another seasons loan and bought him on a free in the summer. I hear Jotas wage was to go up to £50k a week and that equates to £5m over two years. The board have only themselves to blame for the shocking way they conducted their business especially when Harry was in charge. Garry Monk has bought stability to the club and unity between the fans and players. Removing GM would be stupidity of the highest order by a clueless board. The finances are a mess because they sanctioned stupid transfers. Sacking and hiring managers is not gonna be cheap either and TTA have done that to 4 managers to date including Carsley. GM is staying for now but for how long . He says he won’t walk but if another club comes in for him with decent owners no blues fan would blame him. It’s a sad state of affairs especially for those of us who would like to see all Midlands clubs competing in the top league.

    • Amen to that as I’m firmly in the camp of wanting all Midlands sides to do well so the focus is on us. We definitely seem to have won on this deal and I obviously welcome that.

  • There is no fiasco monk had crunch talks with the board over the types of players and the amount of transfer budget the club should be spending it had nothing to do with the Jota deal which was not 4 million plus Gardner they were two separate pieces of business. Villa paid Birmingham 5.25 million with a 20% sell on clause for Jota. Birmingham paid 1.25 million for Gardner. That leaves the club with 4 million that’s the 4 million everyone is talking about. This is 100% true it comes from Warwick waiver he never gets it wrong as he is deeply involved with in our club. 100-percent truth and no speculation thank you.

    • Appreciate the comment but given the Monk claims, others with knowledge are telling a different story. As usual fans will never truly know I guess.

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