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O'Neill Looking At British First

Martin O'Neill has spoken on the official site about his efforts to bolster the Villa squad:

The Villa boss said: 'I've no doubts there are players there who are capable of stepping up (from the Championship) into the Premier League if you're able to take a chance on them. When I was at Leicester people overlooked Matt Elliott and Neil Lennon for ages and ages, so it's if people are willing to take that chance. Here at Villa, I need to be right all the time. I think there is a bit of fear. Let's say a player has been in the limelight for a year and no one has taken him. Then you get people asking 'why hasn't anyone taken him?' and then that becomes a genuine fear. But there are definitely players there in that league you'd look at.'

'Managers went abroad because when I was last in the Premiership - and to a certain degree when I was Celtic looking down here - because the players in the Nationwide League were too dear. You could be paying 2.5m for some boy who'd forced a corner. Hopefully it's reversed because I'd rather stay with a British mentality because it doesn't mean the top quality foreign player can adjust. Somewhere along the way there will be a player for us in the Coca Cola League and it's worth us stirring it to try to find out.'

Adding: 'Wherever they may come from, I would prefer, to tell you the truth, to stay British if I could- but don't hold me to that.'

He also says all the backroom team including Kevin MacDonald are all keen on helping in the search 'That's really good because every single one of them wants to go to games and do a report. So I think let's bring it all in and if there's a couple of players there who our boys think is half decent, then I'll try to scurry out to see him.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 31 2006

Time: 1:30PM

Your Comments

Oh and its Kris Commons to answer my own question.
DeanoVilla
Who's that kid from Forest? The winger, he'd be worth a gamble. We've missed out on the cream of the Championship for way too long. I was gutted when we didnt go for Cahill and look at him now! Best goalscoring midfielder in the prem after Lampard.
DeanoVilla
Signing young players from the Championship or lower makes a lot of sense. Of course it will be hit and miss but I'm happy to accept that. When you think of all the foreign players who we have signed very few of them made the impact they were expected to make.
ooahPaulMcGrath
5 player worth having a look at in the norwegian prem.: 1. robert koren - attackin midfielder with flair and creativity. proven goalscorer, and out of contract com january. 2. edu - attracts attention from chelsea, barcelona, liverpool etc. young attacker wwith lightening pace. agbonlahorish, but stronger. 3. marek sapara - has been a revelation since joining rosenborg this summer. 4&5 fredrik stromstad/kristoffer hastad - short guys, but with truly exceptional workrate. both established in the norwegian national team over the last 12 months.
nikkersen
to be honest some of the foreign players we've signed are as useful as a chocolate teapot, players who come here for the wage. championship players tend to be itching to play in the prem. its a hunger they have and they appreciate the meaning of being up there.
bobbyfett
Valid point about scandinavian players they tend to possess the "british mentality" and seem to settle better. I hope that we unearth a few diamonds, another Platty or Teale would do for me, hopefully not a Penrice or Cascarino!
fatloser
Sounding out the football league for up and coming young talent sounds good to me. Why we've choosen to neglect its potential fruits for so long has always been something of a puzzle. We've presumably got a professional scouting system in operation, so they should be more than capable of unearting a few gems.
glensider
We signed Crouch (although what a financial mess that turned out to be. Thanks O'Leary) and were heavily linked with Cahill for ages - and of course, Robbie Keane..I'd like us to have a close look at Nugent. He looks a very good prospect.
baros10
We need a couple of Americans, to help complete the American ization of the club.
glensider
 

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