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Angel Needs Divine Inspiration

Had to laugh at the different headlines following the quotes from Juan Pablo Angel on the official site.

Two read: 'Angel Hints At Summer Exit' and 'Angel Set for Summer Exit' then a third (Teamtalk) said 'Angel Keen To Stay' !!

Angel has been a bit part player this season and many are saying he will be amongst the first (of many) to leave Villa Park this summer. He told the official site:

'I'll always be thankful to the Villa fans for the rest of my life and that will never change. But we'll have to wait and see what happens. I'm really happy in England and my kids are growing up here and I can't see any reason why I'd want to go anywhere else. Ideally I want to stay at Villa but I can't control the situation.'

He said on the season as a whole: 'It's not been good enough. We've conceded too many goals and we haven't scored enough. We have to get the right balance next season because we can't afford to have another one like this. It's down to everyone who works for the club, from the directors to the players. Everyone has a part to play here and I'm sure they're already taking care of the situation for next season.

Adding: 'I've got no comment to make about my situation but I think they know what to do to change things around.'

Play him and play to his strengths would be a start? And to do that we need more quality in midfield and a manager who realises that hoofing the ball up-front to any of our small strikers WILL NEVER RESULT IN MANY GOALS.

He also said: 'I think I've played well in the last three games I've been involved in. But the season hasn't been good for me or anyone involved at the club. I'd like to be more involved in the team but when I came on, I tried to do all the things I normally do - work hard for the team and do my bit.'

Would love him to stay and excel in the right set up, but chances are he will move to sunnier climbs and successfully see out his career scoring goals.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 1 2006

Time: 5:08PM

Your Comments

Shame, 3 seasons back he looked on fire, could have been a legend. Then a season wasted with injuries, this season wasted full stop....... Think he'll need to move on but if we could just get the best out of him we'd be laughing. Will end up another 'what if' no doubt.
The Fear
Shame, 3 seasons back he looked on fire, could have been a legend. Then a season wasted with injuries, this season wasted full stop....... Think he'll need to move on but if we could just get the best out of him we'd be laughing. Will end up another 'what if' no doubt.
The Fear
I think off-loading him this summer will be a huge mistake. Replacing him, when we have virtually no cash, will be impossible. He looked good second half at Anfield, just needs an extended run in the team. He's still got a lot to offer, and wherever he goes he'll score goals.
glensider
I think off-loading him this summer will be a huge mistake. Replacing him, when we have virtually no cash, will be impossible. He looked good second half at Anfield, just needs an extended run in the team. He's still got a lot to offer, and wherever he goes he'll score goals.
glensider
i doubt his heart is in it any more, id be fed up of trying to win headers all season against centre backs who are taller and can jump higher...he thrives on crosses and neat play on the outside of box Cant DOL see that the long ball only works when you have tall players?...we have one of the smallest squads height wise which i believe is the main reason behind us letting in so many goals from set plays, i think mellberg and cahill are our only 6 foot plus players and when you come up against players like harewood and drogba we get torn to shreads
son_of_cher
i doubt his heart is in it any more, id be fed up of trying to win headers all season against centre backs who are taller and can jump higher...he thrives on crosses and neat play on the outside of box Cant DOL see that the long ball only works when you have tall players?...we have one of the smallest squads height wise which i believe is the main reason behind us letting in so many goals from set plays, i think mellberg and cahill are our only 6 foot plus players and when you come up against players like harewood and drogba we get torn to shreads
son_of_cher
Keep him, play him (to his strengths) and he'll shine again - especially under a new manager.
Beovilla
Keep him, play him (to his strengths) and he'll shine again - especially under a new manager.
Beovilla
how come we havent had a 20 goal a season striker for 20 years? milosevic had an amazing record before coming to england, but he couldnt hit a barn door most of the time he was with us. Balaban aswell is banging thm in abroad and crouchy is playing for lilverpool and england now i thought angel would be the one until he *****ed his knee up
son_of_cher
how come we havent had a 20 goal a season striker for 20 years? milosevic had an amazing record before coming to england, but he couldnt hit a barn door most of the time he was with us. Balaban aswell is banging thm in abroad and crouchy is playing for lilverpool and england now i thought angel would be the one until he *****ed his knee up
son_of_cher
THE PROBLEM ISNT WITH THE STRIKERS...ITS THE MIDFIELD,MOST OF OUR PLAY IS VIA MILNER.WHEN HE WAS OUT OF THE TEAM OUR GOALS DRIED UP.THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS TOO MUCH RESPONSABILITY TO REST THE SUPPLY WITH ONE PLAY AS OPPOSING TEAMS SOON SISS OUT OUR MAIN CHANNEL OF PLAY.LONG BALLS DONT WORK,WE NEED AT LEAST ONE MORE CREATIVE MIDFIELDERTO PLAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE.ONE THING I ALSO NOTICED DURING THE SEASON WAS THAT THE CENTRAL MIDFIELD IS TOO LIGHTWEIGHT.WHENEVER A CHALLENGE IS ON WE ARE TOO EASILY PUSHED OFF THE BALL.MILOSOVIC,ANGEL,EVEN BALABAN WERE ALL PROLIFIC BEFOUR JOINING VILLA,MORE WORRYING IS THAT AFTER SAVO AND BOSKO LEFT THERE GOAL RATE INCREASED AGAIN....I SAY KEEP ANGEL AND START LOOKING AT THE CENTRE OF MIDFIELD....ANYONE REMEMBER BERSON,HE LOOKED TO HAVE A GOOD PASSING RANGE THE FEW TIMES HE PLAYED,I CANT HELP FEELING THAT IF HE WAS GIVEN A PROPER PRE-SEASON AND A RUN IN THE TEAM,HE WOULD ADAPT TO PREMIERESHIP FOOTBALL...WHAT DO YOU THINK ??
JASON
THE PROBLEM ISNT WITH THE STRIKERS...ITS THE MIDFIELD,MOST OF OUR PLAY IS VIA MILNER.WHEN HE WAS OUT OF THE TEAM OUR GOALS DRIED UP.THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT IS TOO MUCH RESPONSABILITY TO REST THE SUPPLY WITH ONE PLAY AS OPPOSING TEAMS SOON SISS OUT OUR MAIN CHANNEL OF PLAY.LONG BALLS DONT WORK,WE NEED AT LEAST ONE MORE CREATIVE MIDFIELDERTO PLAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE.ONE THING I ALSO NOTICED DURING THE SEASON WAS THAT THE CENTRAL MIDFIELD IS TOO LIGHTWEIGHT.WHENEVER A CHALLENGE IS ON WE ARE TOO EASILY PUSHED OFF THE BALL.MILOSOVIC,ANGEL,EVEN BALABAN WERE ALL PROLIFIC BEFOUR JOINING VILLA,MORE WORRYING IS THAT AFTER SAVO AND BOSKO LEFT THERE GOAL RATE INCREASED AGAIN....I SAY KEEP ANGEL AND START LOOKING AT THE CENTRE OF MIDFIELD....ANYONE REMEMBER BERSON,HE LOOKED TO HAVE A GOOD PASSING RANGE THE FEW TIMES HE PLAYED,I CANT HELP FEELING THAT IF HE WAS GIVEN A PROPER PRE-SEASON AND A RUN IN THE TEAM,HE WOULD ADAPT TO PREMIERESHIP FOOTBALL...WHAT DO YOU THINK ??
JASON
I think after how he has been playing in France we would be stupid to sell him.
Bobbymsb
I think after how he has been playing in France we would be stupid to sell him.
Bobbymsb
And im with Beovilla on Angel especially as he has been playing well lately
Bobbymsb
And im with Beovilla on Angel especially as he has been playing well lately
Bobbymsb
I dont think we're going to have much choice in regards to bringing Berson back from France though Bobbymsb. Berson I think wants to remain in his homeland, a return to VP being the last thing on his mind.
glensider
I dont think we're going to have much choice in regards to bringing Berson back from France though Bobbymsb. Berson I think wants to remain in his homeland, a return to VP being the last thing on his mind.
glensider
 

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