UK time is: 03:35:41
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Twins A Disaster

Villa manager David O'Leary has admitted that the signing of Eric Djemba Djemba has not paid off.

The Djemba twins are yet to return from international duty with Cameroon more than a week after he was meant to resume training with Villa.

Jumper Jumper accused O'Leary of not understanding French speaking players, an accusation that O'Leary denied saying of-course 'mange tout' I understand.

O'Leary said 'He was worth a gamble. I'd have liked a Jermaine Jenas but we didn't have the funds.'

Nice dig!

I was told that Sir Alex Ferguson had his prayer matt out the day we bought him, with Mathieu Berson also hotly pursued and then ignored, you have to question the managers ability in the bargain basement end of the market, a market that Doug has led us to deal in. O'Leary can identify quality that we can't afford, but ........ Wrong choice by Doug judging by how he wants to run the club? Or should that be 'another' wrong choice?

Djemba x 2 was signed for 1.2million in the 2005 January transfer window after Manchester United decided to cut their losses - they'd bought him for 3.5million.

As Icbrum (Birmingham Mail) point out, O'Leary has done some good bargain signings, Thomas Sorensen, Gavin McCann and Kevin Phillips have all been good judging by what they cost.

What is sure is that the players Villa career is over, I'd hate to see him put the claret and blue shirt on again, from day one he looked rubbish, apparently even Steve Bruce - who went to see him play in the Utd reserves - left after 20 minutes having seen enough. The player is not premiership quality and bargain or not, he never was!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 15 2006

Time: 1:24PM

Your Comments

You have to question the Villa scouting system. I'm assuming somebody was sent to see him play and we didnt just buy him on Sir Alex's reccomendation? What on earth they saw in him to reccomend DOL buy him we will never know.
DeanoVilla
You have to question the Villa scouting system. I'm assuming somebody was sent to see him play and we didnt just buy him on Sir Alex's reccomendation? What on earth they saw in him to reccomend DOL buy him we will never know.
DeanoVilla
Didnt we spend ages getting Steve McGregor here as head scout? Whats has he done?
danvilla2
Didnt we spend ages getting Steve McGregor here as head scout? Whats has he done?
danvilla2
He must be a good player otherwise sir Alex wouldn't of bought him, I think he would of been good for us if we showed more faith in him and started him.
Vince_AstonVilla
He must be a good player otherwise sir Alex wouldn't of bought him, I think he would of been good for us if we showed more faith in him and started him.
Vince_AstonVilla
It was worth a gamble on him,it hasnt paid off so just ged rid in the summer and hopefully recoup some of the money he cost
dannydeeavfc
It was worth a gamble on him,it hasnt paid off so just ged rid in the summer and hopefully recoup some of the money he cost
dannydeeavfc
It's never worth a gamble if you aren't going to give him a chance tho. It's like buying a lottery ticket and then throwing it away before the draw is made.
DeanoVilla
It's never worth a gamble if you aren't going to give him a chance tho. It's like buying a lottery ticket and then throwing it away before the draw is made.
DeanoVilla
Dol has had to change his management style and scouting alot since he has come to villa with Leeds he had at least 20mil to spend every window and could go for top stars but at villa he has got to find bargings and he has found a few but this type of management does not suite him. Come on Doug give him some money.
villabug
Dol has had to change his management style and scouting alot since he has come to villa with Leeds he had at least 20mil to spend every window and could go for top stars but at villa he has got to find bargings and he has found a few but this type of management does not suite him. Come on Doug give him some money.
villabug
Was this just a I must buy someone as the window is closing move from Doug last January. This year he never got as far as opening the curtains!
fatloser
Was this just a I must buy someone as the window is closing move from Doug last January. This year he never got as far as opening the curtains!
fatloser
If he was a good player Vince, Sir Al wouldn't have sold him!
The Fear
If he was a good player Vince, Sir Al wouldn't have sold him!
The Fear
It wasn't worth a gamble on him, it was worth scouting the player and obv not worth buying him!
leelindsay
It wasn't worth a gamble on him, it was worth scouting the player and obv not worth buying him!
leelindsay
Does anyone remember how we were meant to complete a deal for Amdy Faye from Pompy then DO'L basically changed his mind and went for Djemba. Now I know Faye hasnt set the world alight but in hindsight it would have been a better deal!!
deano.avfc
Does anyone remember how we were meant to complete a deal for Amdy Faye from Pompy then DO'L basically changed his mind and went for Djemba. Now I know Faye hasnt set the world alight but in hindsight it would have been a better deal!!
deano.avfc
He couldnt make it at O.T., and he hasn't made it here. Maybe he needs to start looking at himself, instead of blaming anybody and everybody else. What was he like in training, in the dressing room, around other players? Did he have an attitude? Yes, Sir Alex bought him, obviously with the intention of grooming the guy for a long term O.T. career, but Djemba-Djemba couldnt cut it. His current 'weeks vacation' sums up the fibre of the guy.
glensider
He couldnt make it at O.T., and he hasn't made it here. Maybe he needs to start looking at himself, instead of blaming anybody and everybody else. What was he like in training, in the dressing room, around other players? Did he have an attitude? Yes, Sir Alex bought him, obviously with the intention of grooming the guy for a long term O.T. career, but Djemba-Djemba couldnt cut it. His current 'weeks vacation' sums up the fibre of the guy.
glensider
The gamble was worth taking and arguably wasn't even a gamble anyway, unlike Berson. I would loan him out to a foreign club now just to get the bad vibes away from the club, but if you look at it from DJ-DJ's view even you would be a bit hacked off at how he's been treated.
BEEFY
The gamble was worth taking and arguably wasn't even a gamble anyway, unlike Berson. I would loan him out to a foreign club now just to get the bad vibes away from the club, but if you look at it from DJ-DJ's view even you would be a bit hacked off at how he's been treated.
BEEFY
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the fact we are now more than likley to lose another midfielder, whether now or in the summer. At this moment in time for Sundays game i'd much rather see KP in a Scholes role with Baros and LM up front than play Whittingham from the start again. We know how well KP holds the ball up and he couldn't do a worse job of providing the strikers than the current midfielders do.
PPK
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the fact we are now more than likley to lose another midfielder, whether now or in the summer. At this moment in time for Sundays game i'd much rather see KP in a Scholes role with Baros and LM up front than play Whittingham from the start again. We know how well KP holds the ball up and he couldn't do a worse job of providing the strikers than the current midfielders do.
PPK
Feguson bought him for 3.5 mil, and then sold him for over 2 mil less, in the space of a year. The warning signs were there from the start. Pure panic buy, when no-one else would sign for the right money.
coyleos
Feguson bought him for 3.5 mil, and then sold him for over 2 mil less, in the space of a year. The warning signs were there from the start. Pure panic buy, when no-one else would sign for the right money.
coyleos
remeber ben haim as well whos gone to portsmouth?...why did we say no to him he is a solid defender?
son_of_cher
remeber ben haim as well whos gone to portsmouth?...why did we say no to him he is a solid defender?
son_of_cher
Sorry i meant bolton!
son_of_cher
Sorry i meant bolton!
son_of_cher
A flop never bloody hell we could of told him that they day we brought him
was_danrenshaw
A flop never!!!
was_danrenshaw
A flop never bloody hell we could of told him that they day we brought him
was_danrenshaw
A flop never!!!
was_danrenshaw
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Gardner To Make 2014-15 His Year (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Roncrete's Sett(led) At Villa (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Vlaar Bar (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Taxi for Tonev (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Full Squad For Texan Tour (Monday July 21 2014)

Boston 0-0 Villa U21s (Saturday July 19 2014)

Lambert Planning Tough Texas Tour (Saturday July 19 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 777
2. ClivetheVillan 511
3. Pride of Lions 377
4. kefkat 285
5. sirdennis 195
6. HeathfieldRoad1874 187
7. Green Tea 182
8. Clubpaver 164
9. Juan Mourep 164
10. Villan Of The North 141

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Arsenal 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2. Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3. Burnley 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4. Chelsea 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5. Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6. Everton 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Breaking League News

Toronto FC vs Spurs
Spurs : 23/07/2014 22:29:00
Sigurdsson Signs 4-Year Deal At Swansea City
Swansea : 23/07/2014 20:58:00
Davies & Vorm deals confirmed!
Spurs : 23/07/2014 20:50:00
Liverpool: Clear As Day 2013-14 Issue 8
Liverpool : 23/07/2014 18:05:00
Match Day Moments - RZ Pellets
Chelsea : 23/07/2014 17:33:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Darren Bent?
Suggested By:  JP Fear
Still needs to be sold 12%
Should be a starter 19%
Good for squad/off bench 69%
No idea! 0%