In Season 2, Episode 7 of our podcast, Gather ‘Round The Lamp – we discuss how easily Ross Barkley has fit into the squad, Dean Smith’s two years, the Leicester game and the impending Leeds one.

Words: Under A Gaslit Lamp Team | @VillaLamp


In the latest episode of the Gather ‘Round The Lamp podcast, unfortunately without Mr. Mark Jirobe this week, the boys discuss a number of interesting topics.

There’s a look into the Leicester City game, and the performances of Matty Cash and Trezeguet down the right-hand side. Discussion moves into how strong the defensive set-up looks currently – but how one injury could curtail the great progress the side are making.

As well as this, there’s talk about how easily Ross Barkley seems to have fit into the culture at Aston Villa, how friendly he seems with his team-mates and the backroom staff, and how likely it is that he remains a Villan after his season-long loan.

There’s also analysis of the decision to not register Henri Lansbury as a member of the 25-strong squad for the Premier League, and why picking Lovre Kalinic, despite his lack of first team football, makes more sense.

As the podcast reaches its conclusion, talk moves to the impending Leeds game and the added grit this year as Aston Villa have taken the spotlight from the media’s darlings with their unbeaten start to the season.

Other discussion centres around Dean Smith’s two years at the helm and how influential he has been at the club.

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