Heading into a difficult winter period, that serves up fixtures against the likes of Leeds, Middlesborough, Derby and Sheffield United, Villa are without their main two figurehead players in John Terry and Jonathan Kodjia.
The absence of Terry is perhaps the biggest shame considering Villa’s backline under his captaincy had stocked up on so many clean sheets this season they had a better selection than John Lewis.
Remember when former Villa captain Ron Vlaar used to go missing around Christmas? Well, it’s happening again, as we’ll miss our main man at centre back over the Christmas period.
Chris Samba has stepped up so far in Terry’s place, but is he just filling in before Mile Jedinak takes over after he shakes off the jetlag of his recent international travels?
In terms of Kodjia, opportunity knocked for Villa misfit Scott Hogan, but he too was struck down by injury during the international. Where does that leave him and also a Villa frontline that is left with just Keinan Davis as the only fit striker?
These questions and many more are discussed on the latest episode of the My Old Man Said podcast, that surveys the Villa landscape with the team sitting in fourth place and hopefully waiting to pounce on league leaders Wolves over the winter period.
What Else is in the Episode?
The episode covers the period of the Sunderland, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End games, where Villa experienced mixed fortunes with both results and injuries.
We take a look at some of the issues facing Tony Xia on his return back to B6 after months away. Who are the ‘Villa Haters’?
We also reflect on Prince William and whistle gate and The Sun newspaper’s balls up reporting on Dalian Atkinson.
If you’ve never listened to the show before, this might be a good episode to sample some of the laughs and madness that we normally serve up.
Party Like it’s 1991
The show starts in 1991 (we have a time machine/portal gun, so we can do sh*t like time travel) where there’s question marks over Paul McGrath, hope that Atkinson will signs Marcel Desailly to replace the Irishman, and celebration that with Big Ron and Andy Gray at the helm, Villa have a decade or so of glory ahead.
(You can also check out our earlier Big Ron’s interview on the podcast here.)
Also, starring in the show is MOMS Podcast regular, Negatron, the pessimistic Villa-supporting robot who never allows us to get too positive. His views on both John Terry and Mile Jedinak’s international exploits.
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David & Dan
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Podcast Episode 33 features:
David Michael – @oldmansaid
Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr
MOMS Podcast – @astonvillapod
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Producer – David Michael
Voice ‘talent’ – Dan Rodgers