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Vital Villa asked what type of player was most needed at Villa and it seems the answer is clear.

Villa, according to 79% of the vote, are screaming out for a playmaker. Lets face it, since Magic Merse left, we've not had an out-and-out playmaker who can change a game with a moment of brilliance. Trouble is, players like Paul Merson are in very short supply, especially in the bargain basement department that the manager is now being forced to operate in.

11% said we needed a centre-back. Hopefully the return of Martin Laursen will be successful but he won't be fit until September and although we all wish him all the best with a full recovery, he will need a huge slice of luck to get back to the stop and to stay fit. IF he does, we could have one hell of a player on our hands. Gary Cahill is also emerging but the same as Liam Ridgewell, us fans expect too much too soon and the pressure is immense. I'm not even sure Olof Mellberg will be returning after the world cup, he seemed to lose some of his edge last season due to the constant changes at the back, I hope he doesn't want to move on but fear he will. He is a top player and deserves European football.

4% want a new striker and with the likely exits - if anyone bids - of Juan Pablo Angel and Milan Baros, it seems obvious we will get one or two! Again we have Luke Moore and Gabriel Agbonlahor coming through, but additions will be needed. The most frustrating thing is if we did buy a playmaker, Angel and Baros would be perfect for us up front. Shame Doug can't see the same.

4% said we needed a new left-back and with the likely departure of Jlloyd Samuel, I guess O'Leary will be in the market although I'm not sure how many quality left backs are available for 3 pints of lager and a packet of crisps (you have to be of a certain age to get that reference, if you aren't then I hate you!). We also have Wilfred Bouma who with a pre-season to get fit, should be a great player for Villa.

Only 2% voted that we needed another midfielder which is kind of baffling although I guess many would count the playmaker as that. I think Gavin McCann looked very jaded towards the end of the season, what we really need is a holding midfielder who can win a few midfield battles. Again, they cost mucho luca (as they don't say on the continent).

No one thought we needed a right back, which would be true if Mark Delaney could stay fit as we would then have him and Aaron Hughes to compete for that place.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 15 2006

Time: 10:27AM

Your Comments

we dont need any new forwards.the problem clearly lies in the creative midfied area.we could sign the best striker on the planet and he would still struggle for goals at villa. we had our chance with cahill who went to everton,i still say get berson back , give him a good preseason and he do the job.
JASON
we dont need any new forwards.the problem clearly lies in the creative midfied area.we could sign the best striker on the planet and he would still struggle for goals at villa. we had our chance with cahill who went to everton,i still say get berson back , give him a good preseason and he do the job.
JASON
I'd love a creative midfielder but I'd settle for a replacement for McCann who could keep the ball once winning it back.
Aronno7
I'd love a creative midfielder but I'd settle for a replacement for McCann who could keep the ball once winning it back.
Aronno7
We have been crying out for a creative midfielder for ages, someone who can thread that killer ball through to our forwards instead of going sideways, backwards or the hoof up the pitch.
villa4ever&ever
We have been crying out for a creative midfielder for ages, someone who can thread that killer ball through to our forwards instead of going sideways, backwards or the hoof up the pitch.
villa4ever&ever
I vote for Berson too!!
Villain Of The North
I vote for Berson too!!
Villain Of The North
Bring back berson and look for a merson jr.
Bobbymsb
Bring back berson and look for a merson jr.
Bobbymsb
Im sure Chelsea will be off loading some players this summer and we might be able to pick up a bargain. Or we could try and sign Steed Malbraque, who would be an imense improvement on McCann, as he has just been transfer listed by Fulham because he won't sign a new contract.
Bobbymsb
Im sure Chelsea will be off loading some players this summer and we might be able to pick up a bargain. Or we could try and sign Steed Malbraque, who would be an imense improvement on McCann, as he has just been transfer listed by Fulham because he won't sign a new contract.
Bobbymsb
He's already rejected 50 grand per week to stay at Fulham though Bobbymsb, and if you recall he dismissed us out of hand last summer. He wants European football, and even forgetting that for a moment, he's way out of our league. As things are right now, moving from Fulham to Villa Park would be taking a sideways step. I know what you're getting at though. We certainly need someone like him.
glensider
He's already rejected 50 grand per week to stay at Fulham though Bobbymsb, and if you recall he dismissed us out of hand last summer. He wants European football, and even forgetting that for a moment, he's way out of our league. As things are right now, moving from Fulham to Villa Park would be taking a sideways step. I know what you're getting at though. We certainly need someone like him.
glensider
 

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