What’s Villa’s True Identity?
It terms of Aston Villa’s ambitions for promotion, there’s still something not convincing about the team’s approach this season and some of the manager’s decisions.
The first five games of December certainly underlined that, but at the same time, when you look at the squad list, the potential is there for all to see. Something the result against Bristol City finally echoed on the pitch.
So, will the real Aston Villa step forward?
On the first episode of the My Old Man Said podcast in 2018, we look back at what went wrong in December, in a period that saw Villa slump out of the play-off places to 9th spot, only to then bonus back with two wins against their immediate promotion rivals.
Were the Villa’s owner and CEO’s tweets helpful to the manager at the time? Were they merely reflecting what fans were thinking? Was there really ‘Mass Hysteria’ Part II?
We also look at some of Bruce’s selections, most notably in the centre-back and defensive midfield positions, and how injuries have actually ended up masking over the Villa boss’s apparent stubbornness.
Also, we focus on Scott Hogan. Can he finally be the striker we desperately need to help get us over the promotion line?
There’s a lot more discussion on the likes of Grealish and Elphick, and also Villa’s promotion rivals.
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As well as the serious talk, there’s plenty of laughs to be had too, when we digress to topics like Villa fireworks, Bear’s arses, Amazon Echoes and watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
There’s also the return of Jedinak’s Jungle and Negatron.
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Podcast Episode 37 features:
David Michael – @oldmansaid
Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr
My Old Man Said – https://www.myoldmansaid.com
Villa Underground – http://www.villaunderground.com
Producer – David Michael
Voice ‘talent’ & sound effects – Dan Rodgers