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Stiliyan Petrov Is No Villa Flop

Martin O'Neill has been talking to the Daily Mirror about our summer signing Stiliyan Petrov saying:

'He started brilliantly and then, as I was expecting, he hit a bit of a lull but I think he is coming back. I've got no problem with Stiliyan. I would have expected him to have scored a goal or two but that will come. That will give him a natural boost of confidence but he's not short of that.'

'He's doing okay and the sort of form that he showed in the early games, at Watford and West Ham, is the sort of form that he shows generally and that's what I expect of him. I think people have to adapt to the Premiership, but Stiliyan is of such a character that I do expect him to adapt pretty quickly and he will do.'

Mr Vital Celtic has labelled Petrov a flop and questioned:

Perhaps Petrov is suffering from the pitiful effort he put in for Celtic during the end of his time here. After a period of what seemed to be no focus on his part, perhaps he is having problems knuckling down and putting in the performances he needs to. Given the desire for success at Villa Park since Randy Lerner took over the reins from Doug Ellis, unless Petrov shapes up quickly there is every chance his career could crumble. And then perhaps he will regret the things he has said since leaving Scotland.

Interesting opinion to say the least. I knew nothing of Petrov before he joined us but his debut at West Ham was majestic, just since then he has seemed to shrink into the background and has been muscled out all too often. Hopefully there is a lot more to come from the Bulgarian as he gets up to speed with Premiership football, if not for that 10 out of 10 debut, I'd have my doubts but having seen what he did that day, it leaves some hope for the future.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 29 2006

Time: 3:40PM

Your Comments

Maybe not getting picked for the team had something to do with his lack of enthusiasm at Green Hoopie Team. After Gavin McC got Injured Petrov did play deeper, in a more holding role, no goals no matter. Position in the league will do nicely thank you. Its nice to know Mr Vital Celtic has an Infatuation with MON and the VILLA.
col8
Kind of think that someone up there north of the border is a teeny bit annoyed still that our Stan decided that the SPL wasn't cutting it for him anymore, and so expressed a desire move down south, to test his credentials in a proper competitive league. He's ours, you cant have him back, get over it, move on.
glensider
I don't see Petrov as a flop at all, he's an instrumental part of a team that is 5th in the premiership. If theres more to come from him, then the future at Villa park only looks brighter as far as im concerned
andrew144
Petrov score, Petrov score, once you get one you'll get more, he comes from Bulgaria, he's great in the area, so score Petrov score.
voiceoftheholte
Far to early to label Petrov as anything, look how long Thierry Henry took to settle, would anyone have predicted after 10 games how good he was going to be? I think our Scottish friend is a wee bit jealous and worried we will knick the remaining decent players they have in January. A Scottish guy at work reckons Petrov is aruably one of the most gited players ever to play in their league, and he supports RANGERS!!
mackaavfc
IMHO Petrov has already proved his worth, he goes for it, his passing is good, his vision excellent, it is obvious that he scares the opposition, job done in my book, the goals will come and when they do and he settles down a bit we will see something special, just newbie nerves, he has put a lot of pressure on himself, he is desperate to score for MON, the team and the fans, I am sure his new song will spur him on, so back voth and introduce his chant. UTV
steff_the_villan
Petrov is mint, he uses the ball well and covers miles during the game. Against Everton he had a great shot saved by Howard and within 20 seconds had got the ball off the the toes of Davies who was bound to score at the other end. Thats what he is, a box to box midfielder and he looks good to me so far. The goals arent coming but they will.
MACCA UTV
Certainly not a flop. Just a slight dip in form at the moment. Bit of jealousy from north of the border me thinks
Geordie_Villa
Petrov will prove over the next three-four seasons to be an outstanding purchase. It might not really happen for him this season, but he's quality. No doubt about that. Anymore of your better players we can have Mr Vital Celtic?
glensider
 

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