I happen to agree, I don't know what Mick will do but there's no way you can continue the season without finding a more than capable replacement.
Akpom from Arsenal maybe? Will Grigg seems a similar type of player? Maybe renew interest in Donaldson from Birmingham? Anichebe is a free agent, not really prolific but similar type. Mick would really have to use his transfer nous with this one.
Disagree. Strong centre-half, a leader, an organiser, proven at this level, rarely injured. Some centre-halves have their best years at this kind of age, John Terry being one who has sustained a high level of performance for many years.
I think he's in that mould, a bit of a warrior. Put it this way, would you rather splash out Â£12m on Williams or Â£27m+ on Otamendi or Mangala? They may be younger but may not adjust to the league.
I think a team can always understand how the opposition like to play and how to defend against certain players. For example teams have played against MM as a manager and Murphy, Sears, McGoldrick, Bishop ect before and so can try and stop them.
Ward is a new player though and so is a bit of an unknown quantity, they don't quite know where he'll be playing and so its difficult to plan how to defend against him.
MM also bought him on at half-time and changed system, something Barnsley were not really prepared for and so realized they had to alter things themselves by which time Ward got his first goal. The change to 4-3-3 gave Ward more licence to push forward.
I also think you are a bit more motivated to impress on a debut and feel a bit less pressure, where as Sears (who has been in a rut goal scoring wise) probably has the fact he's having a drought in the back of his mind.
I wasn't at the game today, but how does the idea of pushing Webster out to right back and using Chambers in the centre sound? After all he's a centre half by trade, is that not an idea you would be interested to see?
I thought Newcastle were terrible in all honesty, lack of imagination, lack of movement, passed the ball to slowly. I was surprised by the line up too, thought they would have had a stronger side given their squad.
Fulham on the other hand looked quite tidy and have pace that will hurt teams, Kevin McDonald in central midfield who they signed from Wolves looked very accomplished.
I think he scores a lot of goals at Fulham because teams know Fulham are weak defensively and so attack them. This leaves McCormack in a bit of space up front where he can lash in goals from 20 yards.
20 + goals cant be sniffed at but he wont be the main man at Villa, they'll have a few big named players for this division and will try and play more of a passing game I think. Opposition teams will set up to close the gaps and stifle them which means his chances could dry up a bit.