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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

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


One of the more bizzare suggestions to our striker problems. Football manager stuff. Sod it, why not!
30/11/2006 11:56:00
If we continue to get stuffed by average teams then why not?
30/11/2006 12:03:00
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!
30/11/2006 12:03:00
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?
30/11/2006 12:06:00
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.
30/11/2006 12:21:00
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 ............??
30/11/2006 12:25:00
Very strong rumour that Bellamy will jion us from liverpool - the very instant the window opens. The deal is as good as done.
30/11/2006 12:46:00
Championship Manager has a lot to answer for.
30/11/2006 12:54:00
'and heres Ridgewell bursting through the defence, beats one, beats two......'
30/11/2006 13:46:00
Luca Toni... That would be some signing! Fernando Torres at 1/3 of the price. "Slightly" older, though..
30/11/2006 14:48:00
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