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Whittingham Set To Leave

The Vital Barnsley website has reported that their (Barnsley that is, not the vital site) bid for Peter Whittingham has been rejected, and it's believed that he will sign elsewhere this week.

Whittingham is currently being chased by a host of clubs from the Football League, including former giants Nottingham Forest, our poor neighbours Wolves and Sunderland, who may just sign him, meaning he gets to continue working with current manager David O`leary (we can hope!)

With a bit of luck we might get around the 500k mark for the winger, who has struggled to breakthrough properly in the way that some of the other young lions have done so.

After being rejected by Coventry City for being 'too small,' Whittingham signed for Villa and eventually (somehow!) managed to churn out 62 appearances for the club with loan spells at both Burnley and Derby. A 'beefed up' version of Whittingham came back last season determined to make it, it now appears he has played his last game for Aston Villa. All the best Peter!




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Date:Wednesday July 12 2006

Time: 12:44PM

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I remember DOL saying how much he rated whitts, (im sure he said he was the new ryan giggs)....he had a good first season with a few assists but never really progressed since then....scores loads of screamers for the reserves but hasnt pulled it off at premiership level (yet)
son_of_cher
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12/07/2006 13:52:00

Graham Taylor was the one raving about Whittingham, i think he also gave him his senior debut.
deemz
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12/07/2006 15:51:00

DOL raved about him too, wanted to put Barry in the centre of the park and play Wits on the left, said that he'd noticed him in the reserves as soon as he came an knew that he was a great prospect for the future, in fact exactly the samer as he said about Davis. It's amazing how DOL can try to take the credit for anything good but avoid responsibility for anything negative.
Villain Of The North
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12/07/2006 17:53:00

62 appearances, blimey that does surprise me
fatloser
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12/07/2006 21:05:00

And I bet he'll still return and put one over us. It always happens!
Tierney
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12/07/2006 21:26:00

Good luck to him over at The Wolves. His career is standing still at VP, and he needs to chance his arm elsewhere. He's never really threatened to break back into the first team, although I have seen him turn in some decent performances for the reserves. He hasnt looked out of place when playing for the England under 21 team, so the ability is definitely there. Like a lot of players at B6 in recent seasons though, he just seems to have lost his way.
glensider
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12/07/2006 22:02:00

Exactly what Wolves need another waste of space, they just sold one on and have bought one from you but I guess they banked a million in the process, now that would be some good money at VP right now.
TeddyLyon
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13/07/2006 03:49:00

Agree with glensider. Another player who seems to be drifting. He looked like he had a lot of potential when he broke into the first team and he has done well for the U21's. But where is our cover for left midfield if Barry is injured and, as is inevitable, Berger spends the season on the treatment table?! He could be worth keeping hold of as a squad player
DougInABox
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13/07/2006 08:27:00

He's not great but should be kept until a squad player replacement is signed. That's not the Ellis way though. Transfer window means sell players.
Steve W
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13/07/2006 10:30:00

Maybe it is just me, but since his first season Whitts has not really been given an extended run. We seem to have several players who have the ability but who just appear to 'drift'. Not surprising really when he was deemed third choice for the left midfield spot after buying Berger. As it stands we currently have 3 players for left midfield. Barry who is quality and must be kept, Whitts who would be a great squad player and the injury prone and overpaid Berger.In 12 months time following the sale of Whitts and probably Barry (hopefully not) and the retirement of Berger, we will have none at all, and will be panicking to buy one. Let Berger go and tell Whitts to knuckle down and give Barry a run for his money. The money saved on Bergers wages should be spent on ensuring Milner comes back to the club. Maybe it is all too simple?
voiceoftheholte
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13/07/2006 10:46:00

Where is the cover on the left you say if by chance Barry and Berger get injured? Gabriel Agbonlahor can play left wing. Sorted.
thekentvillan
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13/07/2006 12:18:00

for god's sake o'leary is not coming to sunderland! so stop trying to palm him off!!
AJames
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13/07/2006 12:46:00

We know from bitter experience voiceoftheholte that our beloved chairman has never done anything that was simple and straightforward. For some reason the stupid old tw*t always seems to complicate things and make the club look stupid. I agree with letting Berger go, and keeping Whitts. He looks good with the U21's and although that is not the same standard as the Prem, it shows he has the ability. Maybe we ought to keep for next season because he'll do well in Championship.
DougInABox
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13/07/2006 13:40:00

Strange really, we keep on talking about the quality of players but IMHO it's the quality of manager that is important when trying to stabelize and achive regular mid-table prem finnishes. Of course we should be more ambitios than that but right now I think most would settle for that in order to build a platform from which we can move forward. Good examples of managers organising average players well are Fullham, Bolton, Wigan, West Ham and not least (perhaps most) Leiceter under O'Niell.
Villain Of The North
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13/07/2006 14:12:00

No-one can dispute that we do have some quality players in our squad and it's down to the manager to organise and motivate those players into a good team. O'Leary is totally incapable of that and his infuriating stance in the dug out shows the players how little he cares
DougInABox
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13/07/2006 14:16:00

With the enevitable sale of Viila's "prized" assets there is only one possible outcome - CERTAIN DOOM!!
MrOpinionated
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14/07/2006 15:24:00

 

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