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Jlloyd Samuel Makes Christmas Date

Forgotten man Jlloyd Samuel has at last been able to return to training.

The left-back, who two seasons ago was an ever present in the team, has been out for two months with a thigh injury, is targeting a Christmas return.

I hope fans cut him a break, he is still young and was showing great promise not long back. Last season wasn't great but no one seemed willing to take into account the fact he often played for the cause with niggling injuries because the options for O'Leary were so restricted. You don't become a bad player overnight and Jlloyd could still have a very decent future for us if the boo boys laid off for five minutes.

Jlloyd said: 'It's great to be back with the rest of the lads, after spending so much time in the gym on my own. I'm not feeling any pain now and I would say I'm almost back to full fitness. It would be great to be back in the Premiership by Christmas but I will have to work hard to win my place back.'




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Date:Monday November 6 2006

Time: 12:12PM

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I think left back is something that needs to be addressed in January as I dont think Bouma or Jlloyd are good enough and Barry is better further forward.
DeanoVilla
I disagree Deano. I think Jlloyd was looking like a great left back until the previous manager (can't remember his name) destroyed his confidence. He then went on a downward spiral. It didn't help when his own fans started giving him pelters (but abusing your own players has been the subject of a previous article). He was even one of the players who has played through the pain barrier when many others wouldn't, for the benefit of the team. In Bouma, Jlloyd and Barry (if needed) I think left back is reasonably covered and other areas are more in need of attention. If we got back the Jlloyd of 2/3 years ago, that in itself would be like a new signing. UTV
voiceoftheholte
Sorry but never rated samuel, bouma is just a fat git running around we need a quality left back.
samtozer
Agree with Voice. Give JLloyd a chance. We have more need of players up front, down the flanks and in midfield. Possible right back too! To be honest only the centre of defense and left back look as though they may be totally covered.
Gordonsleftboot
Give Jlloyd ANOTHER chance? I've lost count of the amount of chances he's had now? Will chance number 8 be his last? Or if he once again proves he is awful will he get another chance?
DeanoVilla
When he was top of his game he was selected for the England squad. So I would probably take the opinion of those in the game deano rather than yours, but that is just my opinion. The last manager destroyed Jlloyd along with several other players. I mean, look at McCann, He was poor last season but he is revitalised under M'ON. Plus Jlloyd was superb at the Arse in the first game of the season. And samtozer, "Bouma is a big fat git running around". Good to see constructive critisim at its finest. However Bouma did not pick himself for the team, so I presume it is M'ON that you are slagging off?? Players wether they are good enough or not, all we ask is they give 100%. IMHO Bouma gave his 100% along with everybody else on Sunday. UTV
voiceoftheholte
We have to have our knives into someone. If it isnt Liam then its Tommy, if not Tommy, then lets rip JPA or Milan Baros to shreds. JLloyd deserves to come back fit and strong, with the supporters encouraging his efforts, not demeaning and/or detracting, which sadly seems to be the Villa Park way.
glensider
o'leary has a lot to answer for, he was a huge mistake and not a Man Manager at all.
Cravens
glensider I am with you 100%. We have a minority of fans who think that the way to get the best from your players is to hurl abuse at them every time they make a mistake. The fact that these muppets say they are entitled to because they pays their money is besides the point. It is wrong. It is pointless. It serves no purpose other than to destroy a player/asset. And it gives the opposition more confidence. If a player is not doing the business, then if any body should get the stick, it should be the manager. After all it is him that trains and then selects them. Last season as supporters we got the views across about he manager in the right way. We should learn the same lesson regarding players. Some supporters spend more time slagging off players having an off day, than they do singing the praises of those playing well. Brain dead some people. So if someone around you stars abusing his own players at a game, just explain to those around you that they were dropped on their head at birth, shame! UTV
voiceoftheholte
Wayne Bridge is the answer to our left back position, if he went to Fulham last season he'll move to us without a doubt, him and barry on the left would be quality. I dont see how Bouma fits into to a 4-4-2 formation, hes not quick/fit/attacking enough to play full back and is too small to deal with tall premiership forwards if played at centre back, i think Bouma and Baros will be on their way out in January
son_of_cher
Leighton Baines would be excellent aswell
son_of_cher
Lot of work for JLloyd to do. I like the guy, but feel that he could be on the move this summer.
glensider
 

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