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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 13 2006

Time: 2:24PM

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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
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13/09/2006 14:46:00

Wow. we're gonna be more Celtic than Middlesboro are Villa
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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.
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13/09/2006 14:51:00

Yeah but he's tainted goods since playing for Small Heath
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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!
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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.
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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
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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
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13/09/2006 16:18:00

I'd have Baros and Agbonlahor as 2 of the main strikers
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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.
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13/09/2006 17:26:00

Doug Ellis worked for the blues too and he's a villa hero !!
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13/09/2006 17:36:00

that wasn't me ! i popped the 'amenities', left my PC unlocked and my 'comical' bluenose workmate made me pay the price ! Usefully though, he doesn't even consider Sutton to be a blue because he didnt really do it for them, he does acknowledge though that he was playing in a very poor team last year and thinks he'll do ok for us
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13/09/2006 17:40:00

Baros can certainly play a major role this season, especially under the guidance of such a great manager. I agree that Baros and JPA can potentially be one of the best strike partnerships around.
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13/09/2006 17:52:00

rather have tristan than bluesutton !!
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13/09/2006 18:17:00

Can someone tell me how the share sales are doing. Is he anywhere near the 90% yet? Only 5 days to go. Come on JP keep us informed.
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13/09/2006 22:27:00

Hey dazvilla, there's gotta be some copyright issues here!!
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13/09/2006 22:43:00

I have to say that GEORDIEBOY is the most one eyed, ignoramus and idiotic contributor to any forum that has ever been hosted concerning football anywhere on this planet. Whatever, the comments that this so called Toon fan makes are very uneducated and in poor taste - unfortunately he gives other Newcastle UTD supporters a poor reputation and I along with many other supporters of the game wish he/she would disappear from this forum or any other forum. I know that this contribution will be deleted or answered with a tirade of unintelligble abuse but he/she has been well out of order for a long time now and someone has to say something. I encourage other supporters to visit and contribute to debates but only if it is contructive and not just some guys ***** session.
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14/09/2006 01:13:00

just ignore the antagonisers - they are looking for a response just like the one above. I dont want to see chris sutton anywhere near villa park. He's small heath and he smells. He is too old and we must surely have enough cover to last untill january. If we need a striker lets buy a decent one in Jan. I cant get behind someone who has celebrated a goal for the noses at villa park.
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14/09/2006 09:13:00

I reckon we should test Spurs's resolve and bid for Defoe
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14/09/2006 09:45:00

Whilst we shouldn't react to antagonists myleftfoot does have a valid point
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14/09/2006 09:46:00

Why be linked with a player like Sutton, well past his prime which was never that great, we should be linked with the bigger names of better footballers like Defoe or Saviola
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14/09/2006 11:52:00

I imagine Defoe and Saviola are unavailable for short term deals, no? Its probably the idea to sign a bigger name in January when possible.
The Usual Suspect
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14/09/2006 13:01:00

I've seen enough of MON already to back whatever he decides to do.
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14/09/2006 13:30:00

Agree Stevew, but I'm not sure about Sutton. Regardless of whether he played for Small Heath or not, he's not the sort of player we should be looking at. I would have thought we have enough cover in that position, and I would rather see Sam Williams given a try
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14/09/2006 17:31:00

When was Sutton ever any good in the EPL? One season wonder with Norwich?? Average season with Blackburn given that he played alongside Shearer. Sorry but he never cut it with me and I suspect that is why he move to the pub league where he was a mega star
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