Jlloyd Samuel To Fight For Place
Jlloyd Samuel, now fully recovered from his injury problems, says he is determined to prove himself at Villa and convince Martin O'Neill he deserves a new contract.
The left back, who just a few seasons ago was an ever present and touted as an England international, has had two frustrating seasons of injuries but he has told his icons website: http://www.icons.com/home.html
'Martin O'Neill has said he would like to speak to me about my future at Aston Villa. I'm just going to have a chat and see what happens. I am fit and I know what I'm capable of, it's a timing thing now. I'm just so happy to be fit. I think the manager would like to see more of me, and I want to show him what I can do. I just need games, and hopefully when I get a few I'll be able to stay in the team.'
'I have been playing for the reserves recently, but our game against the Chelsea reserves was called off last week due to a waterlogged pitch. It was a bit disappointing as I'd like to have as many games as possible under my belt. I am feeling back to 100 per cent fitness now, but it's a bit different to the match fitness you get when you're playing for the first team. The pace isn't quite as quick and you don't run for the whole match. There's only one way of getting that fitness back, and that's by playing games for the senior team.'
Jlloyd seems to split the Villa fans, personally I think if he can re-create the form he showed two seasons ago, he'll be a match for most left-backs in the Prem. If... all up to him now I guess.