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Jlloyd To Move Forward At Villa?

Jlloyd Samuel, who has usually played as left-back for Aston Villa, was utilised on the left wing against NEC Nijmegen and says he would be willing to play there again if that is what Martin O'Neill wanted.

He explained to the official site: 'The gaffer's been trying different things, and where he wants us to play. I played left midfield, inside left and then went to left back at the end against Nijmegen. It's one of those things where he's trying to see where I can fit in best. The boss wants to be flexible with his formations so 4-4-2 can become 4-3-3 very quickly. He's trying to get a more attacking game out of me. He wants me to go forward more with more directness. It's something hopefully that I can enjoy and hopefully things will get better for me.'
'Who knows what could happen in that situation? It's a long season and the manager has his thoughts of what he wants to do. You have to play where you are put and give the best you can. It was a different position for me on Tuesday, and something new for me to learn. I just have to try and enjoy it at the moment. I've always thought I had the belief in me to get forward and excite people.'

On his future, after several links out whilst David O'Leary was in charge, he said : 'A new manager has come in now and we all have to take it from here and see what happens. But if it means I am now a left winger instead of a left back, I am prepared to fit into that if that gets me into the first team. We all want to be playing games. If the manager sees that position as the best one for me, then I have to try and make it my own.'

Interesting thought, he is certainly best when getting forward and when on form his crossing and attacking play is top notch. However, where does Gareth Barry play then? Many fans think his best position is left back, or left of defence in a three man set up but it appears that Barry doesn't like that role and wants to play in midfield.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 10 2006

Time: 11:52AM

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If Villa are winning and players like Barry and Samuel are playng regularly, I bet they won't complain about where on the pitch they play. All players enjoy playing well in a sucessfull team wherever they are on the pitch, just look at Dion Dublin and how he relished the new challenge of being a defender, and he did it well.
Villain Of The North
I personally just dont think Jlloyd is good enough no matter where he plays. I hope he proves me wrong, but I think I've said that about 10 times before and so far he hasn't proved me wrong. As for Barry.... left of a centre midfield 3 would suit him and allow us to play someone else on the wing. 3-5-2 of course.
DeanoVilla: what did u think of samuel inthe first season in a charge for DOL when ppl wer even tipping him for a england call up?
samuel does have a bit of skill, crossing is poor though, at least we wont have to worry about him being the last man at the back Barry should play the holding role or on the left midfield, berger should be sold as we have whitts for cover
When he was doing well his attacking play was much better than his defending. When he was playing crap his attacking play was the same as his defending. Makes sense to push him forward. Last chance for JLS.
I'm glad martin's come in and is trying things out. He's looking for the right balance and how to use the players to get the very best system. I personally think Barry is better at left back and more competitive there. I don't know where that would leave Bouma. It is last chance saloon for Samuel though. Going forward, he can look quick and exciting sometimes and if O'Neill can get his confidence up, then great. But like many players in our team, they have to be doing it consistently this season. I wouldn't be surprised if he uses Baros a bit deeper and even just behind a front two. O'Neill has always liked a bigger and more physical man up-front to lead the line and I miss us not having that type of player too. Baros does sometimes go a bit deeper and likes to use his pace but he'd need to work on other aspects of his game a lot for that to work and he'd need to lift his head up and look - something a lot of managers/coaches haven't got him to do yet.
Samuel is quite good going foward he has a bit of pace, i always find he holds on to the ball to long in defence and gives possession away.
This must be his last chance. He's lucky O'Neill probably hasn't seen some of the performances we've seen.
Steve W
I actually like JLS , he reminds me of a younger Ashley Cole . Good at attacking and poor at defending . If he works a lot harder at his defensive game he has the potential to be a hit this season . DON'T bet against this happening !!
I'm not at all surprised that MON has targeted the potential in JLS. The kid "oozes" talent but lacks confidence. MON will get 110% out of him and we haven't seen that ability in a manager at VP since Ron Saunders. Welcome to the "Villans Fan Club" Martin - and here's to seeing excitement back at VP again! Cheers PS -Good Luck in your efforts to get your first signings in before the first game. Cheers.....
Problem is Jaspervilla, Samuel is no younger than Cole, they used to play together and are more or less the same age (maybe not exactly but close enough) and he's had the same time and chances as Cole, the difference is the quality of manager and coaches. If Samuel can't do it under O'Neill then he never will. Personally I think he has a good chance but I'm not totally convinced.
Villain Of The North
JLloyd has to convince a lot of people this coming season, not least himself. He's certainly a far better player than we've witnessed these past two seasons, when he really lacked any confidence, but is he good enough to hold down a regular place in the starting line up, whatever role he's asked to perform?
surely j'lloyd is playing there so he can cover if Barry leaves. he is still relatively young and will always be for me the roberto carlos of the west midlands. Play him left back and get bouma-rang into midfield or bench warmer.
J lloyd samuel is a great player but if you can win without him then let him go.
Jay Lloyd , Luke Moore , Berson , De La Cruz , Djembe Djemba , Lee Hendrie ......under a new boss let em all show what they can do . After all ....DOL wouldn't have recognised caviar from Harrods any more than he'd have recognised ***** had it come out of a dog's arse and landed on his foot.

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