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The Kids Are Alright

Martin O'Neill says he won't be ditching the youth players when he adds to the squad in January.

He told the official site: 'I have made a good assessment of the squad now and I don't think that will change. One big plus has been the development of the younger lads. Eventually, whatever happens in January, regardless of who comes in, every shirt is up for grabs. If some 18-year-old can prove they are better than someone who I was initially thinking of bringing in, then so be it.'

Adding: 'The younger players have done superbly well, but they need to play alongside older players. Isaiah Osbourne was asked once again to just play and sit there, when he has only played three or four games and has come from nowhere near the first team beforehand, to do a real man's job.'

Great news, all about balance which is exactly what Manchester United had when they brought through their famous youth batch including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. For all the youth they also had the older heads like Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Gary Pallister etc.

Still fascinated to see who he targets in January and who we'll be able to prize away from their current clubs, January isn't always the busiest of times as most teams will have injuries and clubs are often not willing to sign their star players and lets face it, its only the star players we'll want! Also interested to see if we can grab James Milner - or indeed if he is still a target - as he still isn't getting a regular game at Newcastle.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 20 2006

Time: 3:57PM

Your Comments

The kids are alright, but they are very bright and are are doing fantastic for us!
Tierney
o'neil is certainly getting the best out of them at the moment...
ernshaw
i agree and is there a right sided midfielder in the youth accadamy that we can bring up as we need one atm as we have no naturally right sided players
Newman
You'll never win anything with kids - Alan Hanson @1991
Gazvilla
strange comment Tierney. I think that with a bit of luck in january , the young ones will help out alot . One thing though , the team rely on them too much . We need proven quality ! Keane , my arse ! !
jaspervilla
sorry that comment was even stranger ! Lol ! ! What i mean is we need great signings in January not middle of the road Premiership players (Keane) there is one spurs player which i would like to see in a villa shirt , Edgar Davids ! ! Make for superb competition with him and McCann ! !
jaspervilla
MON wouldn't be able to abandon the youngsters coming through the ranks, even if he wanted to (which he clearly doesn't). Amongst the numbers breaking through we obviously have a few gems, youngsters other premiership outfits would willingly snap up if they could see that their progress was being hampered at Villa Park.
glensider
 

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