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Bouma WILL Shine For Villa

David O'Leary has said Wilfred Bouma came to Villa during 'a very difficult season' but tips the Dutch left-back to be a great asset for Villa next season.

Hey I totally agree with DOL!

The 27-year-old, who just missed out on the Dutch squad for the World Cup, had a stop/start season, following his arrival from PSV Eindhoven, due to injuries.

O'Leary told the official site:

'I think he came here during a very difficult season. If you look at Arsene Wenger's big signings, they hardly play during their first year. He paid 9.5m for Adebayor and he's still finding his feet. Wilfred Bouma's had to do the same. He was living in a hotel and he had to find a house, he picked up niggling injuries, which happens to foreign players when they come in. But I know we've got a good left-back for the future of this football club.'

'His hunger and desire shows me that he's up for it - he knew he was having a tough time settling in, but he wouldn't let it get to him.'

O'Leary also says Bouma has the right attitude and 'He's a good, solid character and that's what we want in here.'

Too right, like Kevin Phillips, we've yet to see the best of the player but he will shine for us!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 17 2006

Time: 2:06PM

Your Comments

Hope the fans give him a good chance this year, some seemed very quick to write him off last season when he was struggling with injury and fitness.
The Fear
You don't get into the Dutch national team if you can't play a bit. Would still like to see him given a go in the centre
DougInABox
I just hope he is given a chance to prove himself, I have to say apart from his debut I don't think he looked that bad. Maybe he will play more at centre half if the Melly rumours persist
fatloser
Totally agree with the above coments and I'd like to see him in the centre too, big strong fella like him alongside Cahill (Assuming Melly does the sensible thing and leaves us to find success) would do just nicely, plus he's not too quick and we could do with someone a bit nippy (no not Japanees) in the fullback positions.
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