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Villa Youth - Give Them Time

Villa Youth - Give Them Time

Martin O'Neill has said our 20-year-old striker Gabby Agbonlahor has to be allowed to develop at his own pace.

Same has to go for all our youth players as well surely? I get sick of the fans who say bring in the youth players then slate them when they have a bad game or two. Liam Ridgewell and Jlloyd Samuel were targets last season, Steven Davis has been the victim of doubting Thomas's this season. Lets cut them a break eh? They come into the team and have to undergo a massive learning curve, so they'll have some good games and some bad games, we don't have to write them off as soon as one of the bad games come along do we?

Anyway, I went off on one then, what was I saying? Oh, it was Martin O'Neill.......!

'Is Agbonlahor close to challenging Aaron Lennon? He is a definite threat. There is no question about that. Even when he has a relatively poor day by his standards he is still a threat and causes teams plenty of problems. Gabby is improving almost on a daily basis. It is great he is getting a big run in the team now and his confidence is such that he feels very much part of things. It is not a situation where he is looking over his shoulder at this minute in time. It is one where he is going out to express himself.'

'He is playing wide generally at the moment. He is definitely playing very well. But I wouldn't start to heap a whole lot of pressure on him now by talking about international call-ups and stuff like that. Gabby has got loads of time to develop his game and that's what he is doing. Gabby is a very level-headed lad and I don't think he is affected at all by things - but let's not rush him.'

'This is his first full season in the Premier League, the first time he has gone consecutive games where he has not been out of the team. He deserves to be in there and is playing terrific - but we'll just leave it like that at the moment.'


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday November 10 2006
Time: 1:53PM

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Spot on The Fear. It's hardly going to help the youth players develop if they get slated when they get through to the first team. If you look through our squad, it's great to see the amount of home-grown talent that has made it through
Geordie_Villa
10/11/2006 14:28:00
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I feel that Gabby is improving all the time, but he still has lots to learn, and plenty to prove. When he has completed his first full season as a premiership player, and hopefully proven to all that he's now a recognised first choice Villa starter, then he start looking at stepping up a gear and become an established premiership striker. He's working under a manager who while prepared to hand out the praise and plaudits where neccessary, will also ensure that Gabby keeps his feet firmly on the ground, and realises that there's still plenty of hard work ahead.
glensider
10/11/2006 16:33:00
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Funny how we keep coming back to the same subjects. This time it is how the braindead think that by getting on players backs, makes them play better. Fortunately 95% of users of this site see the real way forward and are doing their best to educate the other 5%, as to the way that you should support your club. The kids are the future and the only thing better than having local lads in the team is watching them go on lift trophies. Although I hate to give any credit to the former Chairman, the youth set up, and the successes from it have been excellent. Fingers crossed that M'ON can ensure that the conveyor belt continues and that he can help all these potential stars develop. UTV
voiceoftheholte
10/11/2006 17:07:00
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It will be Interesting to see if MON gives Gabby a rest before the transfer window. It would be nice to see him rested or taken off at half time in a game when Villa were 2-0 up.
col8
10/11/2006 17:24:00
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Think he's doing well and will thoroughly well when played up front.
Tierney
10/11/2006 20:49:00
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