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Angel Predicts A Good Season

Is Juan Pablo Angel having an argument with himself?

At the end of the season he implied that Villa were going nowhere without major changes, now he is saying that he will return and have a good season and predicts that means a good season for Villa as well.

He said in May: 'I'm not going to talk about my situation, but I think they (the board) know what to do to change things round. We can't afford to have another season like this. I'm sure they are already taking care of the situation for next season and, hopefully, there will be some changes.'

Looked like he was suggesting - quite rightly - that David O'Leary should be sacked.

But the official site now quote him as promising: 'If I have a good season, so will Villa.'

He admits 'My Villa career so far has been a real rollercoaster. I've had some wonderful moments and I've had some tough moments. But I think that shows the reality of the club over the last five or six years. We've been up and down, up and down. But every time we've had a good season, I have performed really well. That makes me feel really, really happy and really comfortable, because when I have played well, I've played an important part in the good seasons we've had.'

At least we have a player that looks like he wants to stay, makes a refreshing change, although that would no doubt change if a bid came in!

Angel, who hasn't lived up to the promise he showed with his 23 goal haul from the 2003/4 season due to injuries, lack of form and managers not always selecting him, continued:

'The first season under David O'Leary has been my best season so far. It was great because we were challenging for Europe and just missed the chance at the very end. We had a great run in the Carling Cup and I was the top scorer - getting over 20 goals - so it was a great achievement for me. I had another great season under John Gregory when we qualified for the InterToto Cup. Like I say, the best seasons we have had over the last five years, I have been the top scorer and that says something.'

Get a playmaker, set the team to pass the ball instead of hoofing it up to the small strikers and he could well go on a scoring spree IF O'Leary selects him, we all know how O'Leary tinkers with what he has, you only have to look at the partnership and interchanging between Angel and Baros in one of the games last season (Everton?) when they looked like they had clicked only for O'Leary to drop Angel for the very next game.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 13 2006

Time: 2:42PM

Your Comments

I hope he gets himself sorted and selected and starts to bang in the goals, he looked such an exciting player 2003/4 season when he was scoring for fun. No way has he become a bad player, just playing in a bad system and lost confidence.
The Fear
if angel starts the season well he'll be full of confidence im sure if berger is fit then angel baros and milner can get us lots of goals....im slightly more optimistic then i was a couple of months ago but DOL is still a fool we deserve someone better! If we start the season badly were are in BIG trouble, we wont have the confidence to dig ourselves out of it
son_of_cher
Encouraging talk and I hope Angel lives up to his patter. For me, and I will say it again and again. Ellis at VP. Me and my wallet at home. It could just catch on....
AC
Would love to see JPA given a good run in the team next season with Baros. He's a quality striker and has adapted his game well to the Premiership. I remember his first game where he couldn't head the ball. Now he is arguably the best headerer of the ball we have got. He links play well between the midfield and strikers and considering our lack of creative players that is no bad thing. Given the chances he'll score goals and he obviously works well with Baros. Assuming neither of them are sold, they would make a good partnership given more than two games together. The problem is, DOL doesn't really know what his best team is
DougInABox
angel needs to learn how to hold the ball up better or else just stand in the box and head the ball in.At times when he has played his touch and link up play has been woeful and a lack of pace is noticeable.perhaps why DOL plays moore or gabby
sk1nner80
He the only thing Angel still cannot manage is to score GOAL, thats his job!
SteenV
It all comes down to the boring and bad football that O'Leary gets the team to play. Just like a center back to think attacking football means hoofing the ball up the pitch for the strikers to chase. We have some excellent players at VP so let them play instead of just making them chase the ball / game all the time.
Villain Of The North
I Predict a fight for your league status.you kno where you heard it first.
matty17x
Sorry matty17x, but you are far from first to predicty that! We are just trying to be a bit more positive as there is no doubt that we have the players, the doubt is the manager and overall club structure.
Villain Of The North
Angel and Baros playing alongside each other with a midfield and defence that understands the difference between Niall Quinn and Juan Pablo Angel will be a winning combination. Now, if we can only work out how to take throw ins properly...
GaztonVilla
We should keep him, and we should play him. A partnership with Milan Baros could, given the opportunity and an extended run, be a winner for the club. The big question though of course, is will either be at Villa Park come transfer deadline day?
glensider
Angel has proved (albeit for one season) what he is capable of and we should pereservere with him . DOL chopped and changed the fron two so often last season no one looked comfortable. All that I worry about is that we have heard this all before.!
fatloser
Angel has shown that he has quality. He can by far head the ball better then any other striker villa have. He jst needs a extra boost for next season, thats if he's still at the club. But im sure that all of us are hoping that he gats back to what he was in the 2003/4 season.
holtender
 

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