The most important thing about yesterday was that we went home with the three points. Had that been a lousy 1-0 win with an own goal, I'd have taken that. That the game was actually quite enjoyable to watch and we scored three after conceding to a fluke goal, made it so much better.

That it was the first game of the season and it really does look like there is a good team spirit was a bonus. Sure, we'd all like to be playing football like Barcelona, but that's what many Manchester United fans want too. Sometimes, as some Manchester United fans will tell you, winning is the most important thing, it's now how you get there.

Sure, the romantic in me wants us to play with passion and purpose, but if anyone tells you that is more important than the three points, they're watching another sport.

And that is really that. Anyone that looks for things that were not perfect should be ignored. It's the first game of the season and we're playing with a team that many thought would struggle and we've gone out and done the business. If we played like that for every game this season, we will do well. And if we can keep Jack and continue to play some of the younger players and get one or two more in, I think we're going to be in a very good place.

And while some will argue that Hull were poor last season, you can only beat the team in front of you and we were missing a few from last season and it was a very good result. I'm looking forward to Wigan on Saturday with a lot of optimism.

In other news

I missed this yesterday, but Axel Tuanzebe has signed on for another season and talk about Grealish is intensifying. Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan is according to all reports very close to signing or agreeing to sign (I have to tell you, I quite like Neil Taylor when he has a good game, but I understand why we're looking for someone more permanent in that position.

Back to Jack for a moment and I can understand why he would want to sign for Spurs or Chelsea and he is without a doubt a talent with bags of potential, but how many times have we seen players just like Jack leave to never kick on and end up never making it?

If he goes, he'll go with all the support from me I can offer (as long as Spurs really pay for him and surely the price must be going up every hour they don't agree a deal), but I hope he doesn't turn into one of those players that never make it and ultimately regret leaving. At Aston Villa, he's the main man and will be adored for years. At Spurs or Chelsea, he becomes one of those players they take a gamble on and hope he takes his chance when its offered. If he doesn't, he'll become one of those players. Wealthy but ultimately with huge regret.

If he does leave, the first thing any new manager should be telling him is to have a shot when he makes a little space from 20 to 25 yards out. If he only shot more, he'd score much more and that is one of the things lacking from his game.

And if it happens, I don't think it's that terrible for us. Sure, I think it would be better with him, but we were without a few players yesterday and it went okay. I think we've got a player almost ready to play where Jack does and I think it's more about the team. I don't want Jack to leave, I think he's going to get better in time and probably quicker with us, but if he does go, I don't think it's that bad.

But if we can convince him to stay and give us this season and if he does get that bit better, he'll be more valuable and we could go up. If we don't this season, would anyone blame him if he did want to leave after getting so much better, scoring and creating more?

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Author: Damian
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Damian started The Villa Blog as a passion project quite a few years ago while he was living in South Africa. Now living in Sweden, it continues. He's originally from Chasetown and grew up when supporting Villa meant there was a real chance of silverware at the start of every season.