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Chris Sutton The Rigger

Chris Sutton The Rigger

The rumour mill has virtually ground to a halt with the summer transfer window closing and the January one some way off, but the name Chris Sutton still keeps re-surfacing.

This could simply be the press putting two and two together and coming up with five however with Luke Moore looking like he could be out with shoulder problems and possible surgery for a fair while, it might make some sense to bring in an experienced striker like Sutton who is a free agent and could join immediately.

Chris Sutton has a wealth of experience but might well prove to be another Kevin Phillips where you can't help but think if we'd got them five years before they'd have done us proud. Sutton formed part of the SAS with Alan Shearer at Blackburn Rovers and also enjoyed a spell with Martin O'Neill at Celtic. Apparently he went to some team in Small Heath last year as well, but I can't say I've ever heard of them.

Raddy, from listman (quoted with his permission) said 'Apparently Sutton not really an answer to out injury problems. This is from a work friend in Glasgow.'

'Sutton was an excellent player for Celtic - Martin O'Neill knows how to get the best out him. The only thing with him is that you will be lucky to get 4 games in a row out of him as he is always getting slight knocks. We called him 'The Rigger' as he was on for two weeks then off for two - same as oil rig workers.'

I guess time will tell, Villa would end up very thin on the ground if another striker picked up a problem, but if they stay fit the choice of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Juan Pablo Angel and Milan Baros isn't too shabby!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 3 2006
Time: 5:06PM


I suppose he could be a good signing but do you really need him?
03/10/2006 17:32:00
Bad article. He's got a lot of experience and will provides us with a bit of muscle (and options) up front when the going gets tough over the winter. He'll be on a pay per play deal, and pass on his know how to a few of the youngsters - we can't lose. My best mate is a Celtic fan and Sutton comes close to Larsson in thier eyes - just ask Shearer and Larsson who they most liked to play with! As far as Phillips goes, I know he was injured - BUT IMHO he scored the goal that kept us up (at the Sty). Brian Clough used to sign experienced heads, that came off big time.
03/10/2006 17:45:00
33yr old and ex blues....D'OL would never have been able to get away with that. Im not a fan of having ex filth blessing the turf but I trust M'ON and surely he has to score more than he did for small heath which could give us EVEN MORE bragging rights.
03/10/2006 17:54:00
A true front man, Juan does his best but lacks that height and brute strength.Juan, Milan or gabby playing off him will give us loads of options and he will keep centre halves busy creating space for his strike partner.Gregory tried to sign him when he left Chelsea, but I trust MON's judgement, he could put a skip up front and I'd find merit init....seasoned Veteran who will help at Bolton away!
03/10/2006 18:35:00
I agree with the post above. DOL would have been slated for this. I know we all love MON but I aint gonna pretend to be happy with this. I believe its a bad move. Should have just kept SKP or given another kid a chance.
04/10/2006 08:48:00
MON knows just what sutton is capable of, I did not see this signing coming, a bit of a shocker BUT I also did not expect the team we had last year to be in the position they are now and playing like they are, I have every confidence in the chosen one, long may he reign. UTV
05/10/2006 12:15:00
He'll do a good job for us. The type of target man we've needed for some time. Bring him onboard.
30/03/2007 00:38:00
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