Writer: J P Fear
Date:Saturday March 25 2006
I'm not one to say I told you so, but 'I told you so'. I said months ago that players would want to leave Villa in the summer and suggested that Milan Baros could well top the list.
We already expect Lee Hendrie, Djemba-Djemba, De La Cruz, and quite possibly Mark Delaney to leave in the summer. The question on our latest poll was which departure do you most expect, 45% voted 'more to the point, who will want to stay?'. 45% of FANS questioning why the players would possibly want to stay at Villa Park? Amazing, but that is the Ellis (and now O'Leary) effect. No matter how much the manager insists he still 'has the dressing room' the performances on the pitch echo what happened at Leeds (where he also insisted to the end that he still had the dressing room, despite 'that' book).
Anyway, Baros' agent says there is a clause in the 24-year-olds contract that would allow him to leave after the World Cup. You can just see it now, he will repeat his fantastic Euro performance and the top clubs will come knocking. Some fans say that Baros isn't the quality we need. I think they are wrong, he makes the right runs, he gets in the right positions and he rarely gets the supply. Fair enough he has missed some very good chances recently, but then again, he has been the only striker to get in those positions in order to score.
You can expect a story to come out of Villa Park denying these quotes some time soon, but ..........?
His rep, Pavel Paska said 'Yes, there were really many clubs interested, but they didn't have enough money to afford him. It was necessary to pay the transfer fee and, together with this, to also not lower his wages. Eventually, Aston Villa were the club which fulfilled it. Of course, we think about the possible transfer out of Aston Villa after the World Cup. There's an option in Milan's contract for this case.'
So, he joined Villa to get regular football but also Villa were his only option. Will the same be the same after the world cup?
Also, what happens if bigger or more ambitious (for more ambitious, with Ellis still in charge that would surely cover 15 Premiership teams for a start?) clubs come in for our few quality players? Will Mellberg want to hang about if O'Leary remains? Would Gareth Barry turn down a move to a top club with ambitions of Europe? Why should our players want to remain at Villa when all the club is doing is drifting at best, sinking at worst?
Date:Saturday March 25 2006
Senderos In Team Of The Week Nod (Monday September 15 2014)
Senderos & Gabby Respond To Liverpool Win (Monday September 15 2014)
Benteke Returns To Full Training (Sunday September 14 2014)
Three Thoroughly Deserved Points For Lambert (Sunday September 14 2014)
Stats: Liverpool v Aston Villa (Saturday September 13 2014)
Something For The Weekend (465) (Friday September 12 2014)
Lambert On Gabby & Cleverley (Friday September 12 2014)
U21s Lose To Arsenal (Friday September 12 2014)
Lawro Tips Liverpool For Victory (Friday September 12 2014)
Grealish To Go Everywhere & Nowhere (Thursday September 11 2014)
|2.||Pride of Lions||412|
|4.||Villan Of The North||186|
|Aston Villa||2||-||1||Hull City|
|2. Aston Villa||4||3||1||0||+3||10|
|5. Man City||4||2||1||1||+3||7|
|Liverpool: Ludogorets Razgrad Preview
» Liverpool : 16/09/2014 09:15:00
|Liverpool: Henderson Named New Vice-Captain
» Liverpool : 16/09/2014 08:43:00
» Spurs : 16/09/2014 07:38:00
|Schurrle Wins MOTD Award
» Chelsea : 16/09/2014 07:37:00
|Hazard to Pen New 5-Year Deal
» Chelsea : 16/09/2014 07:36:00