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And If By Magic, Chris Sutton Signs

Former England, Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker (one team missing here, hmmm, no can't think!) Chris Sutton has signed for Aston Villa in a deal keeping him at Villa Park until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old will join back up with Martin O'Neill who were together at Celtic where Sutton scored 86 goals in 185 games.

Sutton provides cover following the aggravated shoulder injury to Luke Moore.

Related article: Chris Sutton The Rigger




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 3 2006

Time: 5:15PM

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Poor signing. Don't agree with MON on this one. I've never liked the guy and never rated him. I like him even less after his association with Small Heath
Geordie_Villa
He's cover we've signed lets get behind him.
still skeggy
Would rather have kept Phillips but if Martin O'Neill wants him and can get the best out of him (and lets face it, O'Neill has a very happy habit of getting the best out of people) then I'm happy. O'Neill hasn't put a foot wrong yet and we do desperately need cover and there aren't many/any free agents around with the experience that Sutton has. Also, sod the blues, they have nothing to do with us, his association was a professional one, he isn't a blues fan, just a professional player who goes where he can earn a living. I agree with Skeggy, lets get behind him. He is a very physical and strong player who might just get in amongst the goals and would be great with 30 mins to go to give opposition defences something else to think about. You don't get those many goals without knowing a thing or two!
The Fear
Its not a great signing but if Martin knows how to get the best out of him i suppose its worth a try. 86 goals in 185 games is good but dont forget that is in the scottish prem!
jono_forest
my blue-nosed colleague just told me that the blues never really regarded him as one of them, he went on that bruce could never get the best out of him. something mon will be able to do. good experience for the younglings to learn from to.
bobbyfett
I agree with the Fear. Sutton is also someone who knows where the net is at VP. I remember the goal last season for the dildo salesmen from Small Heath and also a hat trick he scored for Blackburn. However I think he is more as cover for JPA than Luke Moore. It seems that M'ON wants to ensure that we have a target man for each game. If playing 4-4-2 it means we now have two centre forwards (JPA and Sutton)) and three players (Gabi, Luke and Milan) who can play off a target man. This should be more than enough to get us to January even with the potential loss of Luke. I do not think any of us have earned the right to question M'ON. For the first time in years we can confidently say of our manager 'if it is right for him, then it is right for us'. UTV
voiceoftheholte
With Moore injured and Phillips gone, it left us very short so as a short term move, then it's a good signing. If he has shed a bit of weight and in shape then he can be a nuisance and can hold the ball up well. I think he'll get stuck in and although his best days are behind us, what else could the manager do? I think he's very good cover, a risk but sometimes you have to take them.
baros10
What's the risk here? Or am I missing something? He's quality, if he does a Sherringham or Solskjaer (this season) - what a bonus. We have zero muscle up front to tough it out.
tarzan
Im not keen on ex small heath rejects but I am even more opposed to ruining the good vibe we have waited so long for at VP. For this and this alone lets get behind him and laugh at your blue nose mates when he bangs in more than the one he got for them. UTV.
tylervilla
its not a bad signing we do need a strong foward he will be good cover and could get a couple of goals
samtozer
we need to get past this blues to villa thing. if a player can do a job for us then it doesn't really matter where he's been before. if rooney had started at man city, fergie still would have wanted to sign him. not comparing rooney to sutton, but the point is valid. if he can score us 5 goals this season then it may mean the difference between finishing 6th or 7th.
bobbyfett
I guess he'll do until the summer when we will buy a big name striker
Christo
he may also get some of the laydeeeez down to VP to up the attendances !
bobbyfett
Regardless of Sutton's success or failure with us, we should back MON in what ever he does. Those of us who are old enough, remember that not every Ron Saunders signing was a success. He was always making progress though!!! As RL said "you don't mess with the top guys".
Stevew
Would prefer to have kept Phillips but we've got to back him as we have nothing to moan about him for yet! Yes, he appeared for the Blues but you wouldn't say "Chris Sutton" and think Birmingham would you?! So lets give him a chance. Remeber the bigger our squad the better in my eyes!
Tierney
Increasing the size of the squad all good.
chris the villan
I think it's a good signing for may reasons that I shan't bore you with but I have a problem with his attitude. I've never really forgiven him for his England snub, acting like a spoiled baby but hopefulll he has regretted that decision (which ended his international career) and has learned a bit of humility.
Villain Of The North
90-91 Norwich City 2 Games (-) 91-92 Norwich City 2 Goals, 21 Games (-) 92-93 Norwich City 8 Goals, 38 Games (-) 93-94 Norwich City 25 Goals, 41 Games (-) 94-95 Blackburn Rovers 15 Goals, 40 Games (-) 95-96 Blackburn Rovers 13 Games (-) 96-97 Blackburn Rovers 11 Goals, 25 Games (-) 97-98 Blackburn Rovers 18 Goals, 35 Games (-) 98-99 Blackburn Rovers 3 Goals, 17 Games (-) 99-00 Chelsea 1 Goals, 26 Games 1 Goals, 7 Games (Champions League) 00-01 Celtic Glasgow 11 Goals, 24 Games (-) 01-02 Celtic Glasgow 4 Goals, 18 Games (-) 02-03 Celtic Glasgow 15 Goals, 28 Games (-) 03-04 Celtic Glasgow 19 Goals, 25 Games (-) 04-05 Celtic Glasgow 12 Goals, 27 Games 1 Goals, 5 Games (Champions League) 05-06(jan) Celtic Glasgow 3 Goals, 8 Games (-) 05-06 Birmingham City 1 Goals, 10 Games (-)
The Fear
06-07 Aston Villa 25 Goals, 25 Games (-)
Godsvilla
GAH... three ex celtic players GAH I TELLS YOU!...oh well it's a transitional period and agathe and sutton are freebies, cannot argue to be honest :)
industrial_musical
Dunno about this one, really. Hope he proves me wrong
AussieVilla
Used to play for the Blues? Too old? ....... errmmmmm ...... Peter Withe?
Beovilla
At the end of the day he is past it and is only here as extreme cover incase 2 of Baros, Gabby and JPA get injured at the same time. Hopefully that will never happen and Sutton won't feature much for us at all.
DeanoVilla
Absolutely spot on Beovilla. Itís annoying to see the negativity from some of these posts, itís understandable as I think we are all still in the ďglass is half emptyĒ mode from last season. I donít buy this cr** that our squad is a load of world beaters, although we donít want to end up like West Ham at the moment. We need hungry players that have a bit to prove in order to provide quality cover - Sutton & Agathe will provide that (in the short term). De Zeux, Sherringham, Solskjaer, Scholes are examples of where this has paid off.Absolotely
tarzan
Good point tarzan. MON certainly has a track record of getting the best out of older players. Anyone who can get Emile Heskey to score goals is worth trusting IMO!
DougInABox
And who cares if he's played for the noses?! He was only there a few months and he's hardly got the crest tattooed on his arm has he?!
DougInABox
MON obviously saw the need for an extra striker with Lukey out of action and our options very thin. The transfer window is closed. There were very few options open to MON and at least he knows the guy. I would imagine that he will spend a lot of time warming the bench and at least he isn't keeping anyone with real potential off it. If he can come off the bench and pop a few in great or if we need a forward to hold up the ball towards the end of a game he'll do. Let's not get too carried away with this. There weren't exactly many options and he was available. If he's wearing the claret and blue shirt he'll get my support! Wished we'd had him 10 years ago though!!
TheQ.
i want to see those arms before we do anything else!
tylervilla
Agreed Doug. He only played 10 games for them! And he got them relegated! That makes him a legend already
Steve W
one word for this 2@ ! *****. Ex bluenose, overpaid and unfit. Nice one Martin. Youve been perfect so far, now this is just silly. Give Sam Williams his chance
crosswesleyanchapel
A mixed reaction as expected, and a healthy debate, me I trust MON to know what he is doing, and if anyone knows Sutton it should be him. BUT I would like to put a call out to the boo boys, lets welcome Sutton with cheers and applause, the way a player is greeted by his team DOES HAVE a huge effect on how quickly they settle and how they perform, So lets lift the team that have put huge grins on our faces the last few weeks, lets let them know how we feel, it was wonderful to hear our lads singing and drowning out the chelski supporters, un-nerve the opposition and lift our boys on a wall of sound. UTV
steff_the_villan
give him a chance...scores 10 goals between now and january itll be a cracking bit of business!!
industrial_musical
To score 10 goals in that time would be going some, seeing as the current top scorers have scored 2 each in 6 weeks! He's there to provide backup, and as a target man he'll do it competently. If he were to score 5 or 6 by January then that'll be a bonus i.m.o.
the_lergy
******* good bonus, we should wait and see before making a judgement in my opinion :)
industrial_musical
He also has the added benefit of being able to do a job in midfield or just behind the front two, which he did for Celtic on numerous occaisons. And I believe he has played at centre half too, although I think we're well covered there. Even if MON wants him as back up, he will certainly provide competition for places and keep Angel and Baros on their toes. Something I have wondered about for years when we were struggling for money, was why DOL never picked up these players on a free transfer, even if it is just short term. Teams like Bolton, Pompey and even the noses managed to do it with some success so I think this is a good move by MON
DougInABox
Teddy Sheringham won the treble with Man U aged 33 when most people thought best days were behind him. Sutton is also 33. You got to give the bloke a chance.
silkie villain
he'll do no more that provide you with cover - don't expect to see him delivering any spectacular - over-rated - Shearer made him look good... on top of that he is a self-obsessed fat head. Sorry to say it lads as Martin looks like he'll give you a good season but Sutton must be one of those - "well why not" buys. Here's hoping that youse remain the only midlands team in the Prem...
Ex Ewood Resident
he wasn't a 'buy', we also probably have the lowest wage payments in the prem, we probably have the smallest squad, and we know for a fact that doug didnt like paying huge wages, i cant see him being paid much more than 10-15k a week so he's probably costing us nowt !
bobbyfett
Give him a chance, how many journeymen have you seen Martin O'neill sign in the past and turned them into good players. I thought you Villa fans would like him he helped get the Brum relegated!!!
dazza71
Heskey for £6m or Sutton for free with pay as you pay deal? ONeill is a *****in' master
tarzan
This should generate a bit more discussion methinks: "Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore is desperate to launch his football comeback at former club Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)" Oh my Gawd
tarzan
Yeah thats the second time his agent has tried to fabricate a link with the villa out of thin air. Stan's a complete tw*t if he thinks he's coming back to the villa from the wilderness. He's just had a sniff of Lerner's money and wants to be depressed on £40k a week. He can Feck off.
The Usual Suspect
collymore...sorry mate, i hear Stafford Rangers would like you, however you will have to play for £50 a week....is that ok? thought not... you use £50 notes to light cigars i forgot...
industrial_musical
Could well turn out to be a surprisingly good signing.
glensider
 

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