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To Loan Or Not To Loan?

England under-21 midfielder Peter Whittingham is apparently attracting interest from clubs who want him on loan.

The 22-year-old left sided player has struggled to get a regular place in the Villa squad and according to icbrum he might be being for a further loan spell.

On loan deals O'Neill said: 'I'm obviously very torn. The great thing about Lee Hendrie is that we can get him back at any given minute, and while he is still playing it is great news and we will see how we cope. Ideally it would be great to give people that month out there because we have a heavy Christmas programme.'

Gary Cahill was also recently linked with a host of Championship clubs but with the injury to Martin Laursen that now looks very unlikely.

O'Neill added: 'There was Cahill thinking that Laursen was there in front if him and that he would need to be getting out on loan. I could understand the feeling totally and it would have been great for him to get four or five games in a month. Then suddenly Laursen gets injured and Hughes is out for a week or two and he gets his chance. But that was always the concern. It is the same in that we've had loads of teams asking about young Whitts as well.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday November 14 2006
Time: 3:09PM


I'm not being funny but why even bother loaning out Whitts again? If he was gonna be a Villa regular he'd have made it by now. Sell or release the lad and let him get on with his career.
14/11/2006 15:29:00
Istill believe Whitts has got something to offer Villa, He scores some great goals for the England u21,s, plus he,s still young and learning.
silkie villain
14/11/2006 16:25:00
I agree with Deano. There is clearly something about him that manager's don't fancy - is it lack of physical presence? - and his last few loans weren't great successes. Seems a shame because he has talent, but sometimes talent alone is not enough. Seems like it is time for him to go.
14/11/2006 16:53:00
It's a difficult one. MO'N obviously wants to get them out gaining experience, but with a small squad there's always the risk we may need them suddenly. regarding Whitts I'd stay still keep him, based on silkie villain's opinion.
14/11/2006 18:39:00
Good footballer, but needs time and space to showcase his talents, and he's not going to get that opportunity at premiership level. Whether MON and his assistants believe they can work with the lad is another matter. As for sending him or indeed anyone out on loan right now, I'm not so sure. Games will be coming thick and fast now up to and into the new year, we'll probably need all the bodies we can muster.
14/11/2006 18:54:00
He is never going to cut it if he hasn't already, we are talking about a guy that is 12 months older than Wayne Rooney, 3 years older than Cesc Fabregas, 4 years older than Theo Walcott etc, etc. Is not in the Agbonlahor class bracket and should be sold as soon as cover is in place in january. Nothing personal but i don't think Whittingham is the type of player who will take us into the Champions League in a few years time.
14/11/2006 19:14:00
Whitts has something about him. Witness his cross for Gareths goal against Reading earlier this season. It is very good mentioning three or four exceptional talents, Whitts may not be as good as them but he is certainly as good, if not better than a majority of players his age. 90% of players in the league do not have the potential of those mentioned. Should all clubs sell all the other players that do not match up to them? Unless you are Chelsea it is impossible to keep two players for every position happy. Any player good enough to be in the first team will except nothing less. Lets not get carried away with our good start. We do not have enought strength in depth and every player in the squad has a part to play for this season at least. Impatience can be ugly. Lets just let M'ON have the season to make his judgements and I am sure he is the manager that we have wanted who has the ability to decide who goes and who stays.
14/11/2006 20:19:00
How long do you keep players with potential before letting them go? MON may be able to bring this decision to a head if PW is placed in a position where he gets a regular run in the team, this said the current team are 4th in the league, tricky to gauge when he is not in the current first team.
14/11/2006 20:31:00
utv-sotc - we whould be aiming for the same as the teams that the players i mentioned play for, i did not say get rid straight away but you must admit he would not make any of the top 3 teams benches so why after we have strenghtened should he be on ours? We should no longer have to settle for second best. I am not impatient but just feel in 12 months time Whittingham will be no where near the first team, unlike alot of the other youth team players coming through.
14/11/2006 22:22:00
The question should be - if we could afford to loan him out then should we? He is good enough but who do you drop to accommodate him? This is the delemma that MON has. All the young talent that is coming thru have promise but that is all. With a heavy fixture list fast approaching than MON has to be selfish and say wait your turn for the good of the club.
15/11/2006 08:52:00
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