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Villa Strikers To Fight For Places

Villa Strikers To Fight For Places

This is the sort of talk we are seeing more and more since the doom lifted from over Villa Park with the departure of the previous manager, what was his name again and the imminent departure of, no the former chairman's name escapes me as well. Milan Baros says he is back and ready to fight for his place at Villa. The Czech internationl scored a brace for the reserves against Portsmouth last night and is now looking to re-gain his starting place following his recovery from an ankle injury picked up at the World Cup in the summer. He told the official site: 'I'm ready to fight for my place. The strikers have done well do far this season. Juan, Luke and Gabby have all impressed and competition for places is always good. Now I'm ready to sight for my place. There's a great atmosphere at Villa at the moment and I want to be part of the team. It was good to come off the bench at West Ham, but I want more than that.'

'It was nice to get on the scoresheet last night and it's always nice to get goals at any level. But really for me it was all about working on my match fitness and getting through 90 minutes.'

Berger also made a return and completed 90 minutes. Baros says Patrik is 'a quality player who adds something to the squad.'

Rumours are also suggesting the fight for striker places might soon be increased with some patchy reports suggesting Martin O'Neill is considering a move for former Blackburn and Celtic striker Chris Sutton who is a free agent.

VILLA: Taylor, Gardner, Bridges, Djemba-Djemba, O'Halloran (booked 69), Bouma, Agathe, Osbourne, Whittingham, Baros, Berger. Subs: Green, Olejnik, Kabeya, MacDonald

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Songo'o, Duffy, O'Brien, Wilson, Fernandes (booked 64), Koroman, Kranjcar, Cole, LuaLua, Douala. Subs: Jordan, Fordyce, Harris (for LuaLua 83), Compton (for Cole 83), Hartmann (for Fernandes 74).

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday September 13 2006
Time: 2:24PM


yes things certainly are brighter now, what a change? I was actually very dissapointed with only a point from the hammers on Sunday. Not too sure about Sutton but obviously the great man thinks Chris could do a job for us.
irish villa
13/09/2006 14:46:00
Wow. we're gonna be more Celtic than Middlesboro are Villa
13/09/2006 14:47:00
Sutton could be a useful addition to the squad, I dont see the harm in offering him a short term deal and then seeing what contribution he makes.
13/09/2006 14:51:00
Yeah but he's tainted goods since playing for Small Heath
13/09/2006 15:15:00
I know injuries can change things and I don't want to tempt fate, but we seem to have pretty decent cover for most positions. Not sure we are quite the small squad of honest lads we were almost led to believe!
13/09/2006 15:16:00
I still believe that Milan can be Villa's no. 1 striker this season. All he needs is a regular place in the team.
13/09/2006 15:57:00
i don't really care if he's played for blues I must admit, he would no doubt be short term but is very experienced and could give a few prem defences something to think about still.
The Fear
13/09/2006 16:07:00
i think its a very sensible thing to do, MON didnt have the chance to properly bolster the squad and free agents can be got when the window is closed, he's just trying to get some cover in. Sutton can also share his wealth of experience to our very young strike force and the more competition for places the better
13/09/2006 16:18:00
I'd have Baros and Agbonlahor as 2 of the main strikers
13/09/2006 16:36:00
We need two strikers to be up in the 15-20 goal per season range if we're going to be successful this campaign, and personally I feel that in Milan Baros and Juan Pablo we have potentially two of the very best. Chris Sutton would be a useful acquisition. We do need an additional striker, and as a target man he would be ideal, even if only short term. Surely the fact that he has played for the enemy across the way should be irrelevant if he can do a job for us? Peter Withe sported the royal blue and white of our cross-city neighbours, yet his goal won us the European Champions Cup. Enough said.
13/09/2006 17:26:00
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