Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Hendrie In Or Out?

Hendrie In Or Out?

David O'Leary has suggested Hendrie might not keep his place despite starting for Villa against Newcastle. Hendrie has suffered from injuries and suspensions this season and has said he has felt very low at times. He has never had such a lengthy lay off and if what O'Leary suggests is true, the links to Southampton and Wolves might just grow. Hendrie said 'I was pretty nervous coming into the game. For a 28-year-old who has played so many games, it was a big thing. But it has been on my mind. I knew there was pressure on me coming into the team having not started a game until December. I've felt like crying at times. I was talking to Gareth Barry about it before the game and told him I've never had a run like this out of the team.

O'Leary said: 'He's got a chance, but you've got to remember there have been a lot of lads who have been playing over a long period - and it wasn't as if James Milner was injured. Lee Hendrie isn't out of the team because he's a bad player - he's out of the team because good players have been playing well.'

He also says he wants competition for places in the squad 'Competition is what I'm trying to create here. Lee's had to wait, but he hasn't moaned and he's got on with it and I'm delighted for him.'

Hendrie had hoped the start last weekend would 'kickstart' his season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Glenn Hoddle has been linked to a transfer window swoop for the 28 year old midfielder. Wolves failed in a loan bid for Hendrie, as did Southampton but the latest quotes appear to suggest Hoddle might test Villa's resolve in keeping the midfielder. Hoddle said ''He is a good player and I admire him. 'We have spoken about Lee before. When the January sales are on we will have a look at strengthening the team.''

Hendrie would surely be reluctant to leave Aston Villa when he has a testimonial next year?

**Why not join our forum and join in the debates? Or sign up to the site and leave feedback to the stories. Once you've joined, you can submit stories and suggest polls. Go on, get Vitalled!**

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday December 5 2005
Time: 9:06PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Preston Next To Suffer A Switch

Aston Villa's away trip to Deepdale to face Preston North End is the latest game to be moved following the announcement of the fixtures for 2017/18.

Four Villa Games Get Changed

Aston Villa's games against Birmingham City, Brentford and Hull City have all suffered changes.

Terry To Pick Aston Villa This Weekend?

It's being reported that John Terry will announce Aston Villa as his pick for the future this coming weekend.

Taylor Trophy Now At Villa Park

The pre season between Watford and Aston Villa in memory of Graham Taylor has been switched to Villa Park.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Would you want Downing back?
Suggested By: JP Fear
No way88%
Yes please12%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Lauda and Wolff on Vettel
Latest Vital Boxing News
A Pacquiao Win Could Lead to Mayweather
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.JuanPabloAngel464
2.col8440
3.The Fear366
4.sirdennis256
5.Pride of Lions205
6.Silhillvilla178
7.Melon Donkey121
8.BBJ114
9.HeathfieldRoad1874105
10.Fulford100
The Vital Football Members League