Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa Should Have Kept Peter Crouch

Villa Should Have Kept Peter Crouch

Gareth Barry has criticised David O'Leary's decision to sell Peter Crouch to Southampton.

Villa made a massive loss on the now England striker only for Southampton to sell him on at a massive profit. Lets hope those days are now behind us.

Barry told Sky:

'Was it wrong to get rid of Peter Crouch? Yes. When you look at it now, definitely. What he has gone on to achieve is something special.' Adding 'He has dropped down a level (at Southampton) and bounced back to be a top England striker. It says a great deal about his character. I always felt during Crouchy's time at Villa, when he got his chance he did pretty well for us. His goalscoring record wasn't always prolific but his size and his ability caused teams problems.'

'It was very unfortunate for us that we let him go. I remember he scored twice at Leicester when we won 5-0 and was then left out for the next game. That summed up his time with us.'


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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 26 2006
Time: 10:19AM

Comments

0
I've said it before, I'll say it again, his surname is actually Smith, it is just that he grew up with his parents continually saying 'Peter, CROUCH' to stop him hitting his head that everyone took it as his name.
The Fear
26/10/2006 10:29:00
0
'It was very unfortunate for us that we let him go. I remember he scored twice at Leicester when we won 5-0 and was then left out for the next game. That summed up his time with us.' - Exactly Gareth, what must have Peter thought when that happened to him. Very poor managerial skills.
Tierney
26/10/2006 10:37:00
0
It's a shame he never really got his partnersip with JPA up and running coz the few times they did play together they looked very useful. Said at the time we should have kept him and I'm just dissapointed to be proved right. Another DOL masterstroke!
DeanoVilla
26/10/2006 12:02:00
0
Shame on you Tierney for suggesting that DOL had some management skills
Hoss The Villain
26/10/2006 12:23:00
0
we would only play hoof ball with him, liverpool dont play that exciting with him in the squad he is just a target. if you keep him quiet we got a good chance on saturday. lets look to the future and try and get a world class striker.
samtozer
26/10/2006 12:50:00
0
DOL...what a plank! need i say more haha
industrial_musical
26/10/2006 13:55:00
0
You should never sell a young player when his confidence is high and in his final season here, he did try very very hard and the team could have built around him. Instead he was sold and he got in someone called Carlton Cole. I thought it would haunt O'Leary and it did. He was ridiculed big style for doing it but Graham Taylor's decision to bring him to the premiership proved totally correct.
baros10
26/10/2006 13:56:00
0
Lets be fair if someone had said in 3 years Crouch would be 1st choice striker for Liverpool and England they would have bin detained for there own good. Alas hindsight is a wonderful thing. What ever did happen to that Savo geezer?
silkie villain
26/10/2006 14:05:00
0
Hoss, despite how bad he was turning the team, you still can't deny that DO'L had some managerial skills. Two European Semis and 7th with us in his first year. Struggled with the consistency part though!
Tierney
26/10/2006 14:20:00
0
just one of many mistakes, lets face it he left a lot of us scratching our heads, he started well but IMHO he allowed his battle with the deadly one to drag him and thus the team, down. UTV
steff_the_villan
26/10/2006 14:31:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Ingle Talks Brook

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Bruce Release To See Villa Bruce Duo?

Centre half Alex Bruce found out he'd been released by Hull City yesterday via social media and it's only fuelled suggestions he will be a summer arrival at Aston Villa.

Jedinak Hails Chester's Performances

Australian midfielder and part time centre half Mile Jedinak has named James Chester as being his Aston Villa Player of the Season for 2016/17.

Wyness - No Excuses For 2017/18

Chief Executive Keith Wyness has said the players will have 'no excuses' if we fail next season.

Positive McCormack Talks With Bruce

Chief Executive Keith Wyness has confirmed that there have already been positive talks between Ross McCormack and manager Steve Bruce.

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)

I'm all out of questions at the moment
Suggested By:
You can suggest one40%
if you want to!60%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
2017 Monaco GP - FP2
Latest Vital Boxing News
Ingle Talks Brook
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear362
2.JuanPabloAngel337
3.sirdennis233
4.BBJ202
5.villasince67181
6.Pride of Lions179
7.BodyButter135
8.Silhillvilla132
9.kefkat130
10.col8127
Write for Vital Football