Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Liam Ridgewell The Striker?

Liam Ridgewell The Striker?

Ridgewell the Striker

Villa are in real need of more width and something different in the box to complement Angel.

Earlier in the season Barry at full back, Luke Moore on the left and Gabby on the right provided three widish players but the right back position remains a problem. Certainly Mellberg is poor going forward and top teams need to start their football from the back.

Put Mellberg back in the middle with Cahill, put Barry back to left back, and magic a good right back from somewhere please in January (a fit Delaney would have been fine, but will he ever get back?).

Up front Sutton wins everything in the air but I really think Ridgewell deserves a go. Unlike most centre backs he has a striker's instinct and has scored a few 2 yard drives that our strikers rarely manage. He also heads the ball like a striker rather than a centre half's looping headers over the bar.

We are too light weight up front and give the ball away with too little momentum going forward.

Give him a try. It might not work, but it is worth a go. Angel and Baros don't work, but a big man with strength in the air and an eye for goal on the floor is what is needed. He just could be the solution??!!!

Article submitted by stennyvilla


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 30 2006
Time: 11:48AM

Comments

0
One of the more bizzare suggestions to our striker problems. Football manager stuff. Sod it, why not!
murph
30/11/2006 11:56:00
0
If we continue to get stuffed by average teams then why not?
BodyButter
30/11/2006 12:03:00
0
Square peg in a round hole. We definitely need another striker and we need rid of Baros, but I can't see how playing a centre half up front is the answer!
Geordie_Villa
30/11/2006 12:03:00
0
bodybutter- how are we getting stuffed by average teams all of a sudden??! We were beaten by a team who played better on the night- I can't recall us getting "stuffed" by anyone other than Chelsea this season, so why the negativity?
Geordie_Villa
30/11/2006 12:06:00
0
Smacks of desperation. I remember (damn, I forgot his name, the manager before Docherty) playing Charlie Aitken up front once...that didn't work either.
jonah
30/11/2006 12:21:00
0
Hasty little knee jerk I think. We are all talking about Keane, Defoe, Nugent. I am talking about Luca Toni. But the answer was there all along ....... Ridgewell. Who'd have thought ............??
voiceoftheholte
30/11/2006 12:25:00
0
Very strong rumour that Bellamy will jion us from liverpool - the very instant the window opens. The deal is as good as done.
qKing
30/11/2006 12:46:00
0
Championship Manager has a lot to answer for.
mackaavfc
30/11/2006 12:54:00
0
'and heres Ridgewell bursting through the defence, beats one, beats two......'
tylervilla
30/11/2006 13:46:00
0
Luca Toni... That would be some signing! Fernando Torres at 1/3 of the price. "Slightly" older, though..
nikkersen
30/11/2006 14:48:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Staged or Real?

Recent Aston Villa Articles

FAYC - Bristol City 0 Aston Villa 2

Aston Villa's next generation booked their place in the FA Youth Cup fourth round last night with victory over Bristol City.

Mumbai Street Kids Turning Claret&Blue Thanks To Steve Todd

What a great thing this was. Villa tops donated to the street kids of Mumbai.

The Xia In Depth Interview - Part 3 - A Passion For Football

Part three of our in depth look at the Tony Xia interview in The Times. A passion for football drives him on.

Two Aston Villa Matches Selected By Sky For February

Two more fixtures changes for the Sky Cameras... February fixtures.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

The Vital Villa Player Of November
Suggested By: JP Fear
Gollini6%
Hutton1%
Chester3%
Baker7%
Westwood3%
Amavi3%
Jedinak30%
Gardner1%
Grealish1%
Gestede1%
Kodjia35%
Adomah 7%
Ayew1%
Other1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Vettel's future is clear
Latest Vital Boxing News
Golden Boy Half Saunders Pay Offer Shock
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 18 2016 12:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 29 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear184
2.JuanPabloAngel115
3.HeathfieldRoad187484
4.sirdennis73
5.BodyButter63
6.TuBBz62
7.Wurzel46
8.Stephen Jay Hawkings43
9.DeanoVilla32
10.Melon Donkey32
The Vital Football Members League