Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Juan Pablo Angel - Spent Force?

Juan Pablo Angel - Spent Force?

Juan Pablo Angel has promised, despite missing two penalties this season (one being converted via the rebound and the other, v Spurs at the weekend, hitting row z), that he wants to carry on taking them.

Hmmm, not sure about that. I've always been a big Angel fan, but he is starting to cost us points in positions where an instinctive striker would surely score?

Angel suffered, what in technical terms is known as 'a mare' (!) on Saturday against Tottenham and he said: 'I've never had a more bizarre minute or so. It was crazy. Stuart Taylor shouted 'leave the ball' but in that split second I got a touch. It was a fantastic goal from Gareth Barry, one of the best I've seen, and it was a great relief for us and especially for me. After the own goal and the missed penalty I was disappointed.'

'But with the penalties, I'll keep going. It doesn't change at all. Overall I'm pleased with the performance of the team, especially for the last 30 minutes of the second half. We showed great determination and we saved a point. The own goal acted like a kick to us and we started to play well and pushed forward and created some chances at the end and could have won.'

Angel has to start playing as good a game as he talks. Our record signing looked in his second season at Villa that he was set to become a Holte End hero, but things really haven't gone well since and surely with new money coming to the club, he only has so many chances to prove that he isn't a spent force. I hope he does it, but I'm - like many fans - starting to have serious doubts. Come on Juan, set us straight.

Our latest poll asks if Juan Pablo Angel is a spent force or a force to be recogned with?


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday October 16 2006
Time: 1:01PM

Comments

0
I thought that you Villans played well in the second half but played abysmally in the first half, but you were unlucky to concede the JP Angel own goal in the last fifthteen minuetes or so and miss the penalty by that much, a few minuetes before, but you were also lucky in the fact that Gareth Barry once again rescued you from losing with a fantastic goal. But it was a good, entertaining game from both teams, and I think that you both deserved a draw.
wei, wu and shu
16/10/2006 15:53:00
0
I am also in the JPA fan club. Partly because after all my mates have rubished him for so long and I just want him tio have another good season to shut them up. If were going to do anything serious in the league though were going to need a better more ruthless striker a la shearer or van nistelrooy.
tylervilla
16/10/2006 16:49:00
0
Unfortunately I don't think JPA is the long term answer to our goalscorring needs (I am the same as tyler though in wanting him to come good to prove people wrong). However given the form/inexperience/fitness of our othr strikers (baros, agbonlahor/sutton) I think we have to persevere with him until we can get someone better in, hopefully in January. He deffo. needs taking off penatly duties though, anyone know if Petrov has a history of taking penalties?
splatt
16/10/2006 17:11:00
0
you need to get rid of Angel and Baros, you could bring in two players better than them on half the wages.
dazza71
16/10/2006 19:02:00
0
the question is by playing him who is he keeping out that could do better ? Baros, questionable at the moment Sutton, god help us Berger, 2 years injured, no way like it or not, past it or not, until Baros gets really fit and motivated we are stuck with him
avfc48
16/10/2006 19:06:00
0
angel has been really good this season, MON has heaped praise on him. 2 wierd minutes should not condemn him. as far as the penalties go, why not try someone else? long term as far as strikers go, he is 31, so naturally we need others to come in. but JPA is no spent force, and his value to gabby and luke is large.
leftfoot
17/10/2006 01:47:00
0
Didn't see the game on Saturday, so I can't comment on that. But I've always rated JPA - we should give him the season under MON and decide at the end of it. I still have the feeling this could be his best season at VP.
Beovilla
17/10/2006 06:37:00
0
He has had 5 years + to convince people, if he hasn't done it now he never will.
BKKVILLA
17/10/2006 07:15:00
0
I remember when you guys signed him how he was to be the next big thing in english football , never really materialised has it ? although I would give him this season with Martin O Neill and see what he can do with Angel !
dazednconfuzed
17/10/2006 08:17:00
0
Just like Viduka, cant convert from the spot, but not quite past his prime...he has been good this season so far and already you act as if hes spent...
AussieVilla
17/10/2006 12:09:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

ST Early Bird Confusion Now Clarified For Existing Holders

An important clarification here for existing season ticket holders who thought the price freeze only lasted until April 7.

Walk Football Sessions - Aston Villa Foundation

Aston Villa Foundation is set to launch its brand new regular Walking Football sessions later this month.

Is Villa Owner Tony Xia Expendable?

Is Tony Xia expendable?

The Weight Of Expectations At Aston Villa?

The weight of expectations? It's up to the players to resolve this.

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
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Staying Up
Suggested By: JP Fear
yes, staying up47%
no, going down23%
too close to call at the moment30%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Renault take Red Bull aero expert
Latest Vital Boxing News
Haye Suggests a Fence Might Keep the Peace
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear401
2.JuanPabloAngel355
3.sirdennis333
4.Fulford211
5.Melon Donkey194
6.Silhillvilla187
7.villasince67185
8.Villan57145
9.McParlandTheGreat142
10.kefkat137
Vital Football Comment