Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Martin O'Neill - Help On The Way

Martin O'Neill - Help On The Way

Martin O'Neill has promised his young squad 'I'm doing everything I can to bring in players who can help you.'

He told the official site: 'It's at times like this when you know you should be resting four or five of these players and they're having to plough through this. Eventually, if they can come through it, this will have stood them in good stead. I'm going to try to improve the squad if at all possible. We need some players in because the younger lads are having to do too much really.'

O'Neill inherited a very young squad and unlike Manchester United all those years back who had a freak amount of great young talent, Villa don't have much in the way of experienced senior pro's to help the 'kids' through. Now some injuries have kicked in he has found himself using youngsters like 19-year-old Isaiah Osbourne who are really players for the future.

O'Neill continued, 'They're having to grow up maybe three times as quickly as they would do normally. Its should eventually stand them in good stead, but it's something we have to address and we need some players to help them. First of all I want players capable of sending us up the league and capable of doing the job for quite some time. That might not be as easy as we think, but we're definitely looking to try to strengthen.'

'But I think we've always been keen to do something because I've known for some months that the squad needs strengthening.'


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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday January 1 2007
Time: 11:25AM

Comments

0
Isaiah Osbourne will make or break in to the team during the current lack of quality players, have to remember he is still only 19...
col8
01/01/2007 11:31:00
0
Even Gabby is far from ready for regular first team action. He, like the other youngsters, has still so much to learn and take onboard, despite his flying start over the early months of the season.
glensider
01/01/2007 15:03:00
0
yeah, that was my point col8, he is young, has loads of potential and loads of time to make his mark, at the moment him and others aren't really ready but MON has little choice but to play them, although hendrie was another option not taken I guess. Agree with glensider as well, Gabby could be awesome for us, but he isn't at the stage where he should have played every game, I still say Baros should be up front,as someone else said in the forum, he has something like (wihtout checking 27 goals in 47 odd games at International level, so if you get him the right service, he will score
The Fear
01/01/2007 15:46:00
0
Performance has slipped back more or less to where we were at the back-end of last season. Inconsistent play- good to bad over 90 minutes plus too many mistakes and terrible final touch and finishing. All the signs of a team beginning to lack confidence. A good result from the Chelsea game will restore some of that confidence. Let's hope for a full house -although I suspect there'll be over 10,000 empty seats.
villacross
01/01/2007 18:04:00
0
I agree Baros should be up front. We do have strikers capable of scoring goals, unfortunately at the moment we dont have the midfield capable of providing them. Well there is one, goes by the name of Hendrie!
jonah
01/01/2007 19:37:00
0
Baros should be up front driving the team bus.
col8
01/01/2007 21:21:00
0
I wouldnt be suprised if kids like Osbourne dissapeared back into the reserves for 12 months once the squad is strengthened and then come back even stronger.
DeanoVilla
02/01/2007 08:38:00
0
I can see that Deano, would do him the world of good, our situation has meant too much pressure on very young shoulders, but they should be applauded for the effort they have made, they have done us proud with their effort if nothing else. UTV
steff_the_villan
02/01/2007 19:13:00
0
Baros bought the game alive when he came on against Chelski, should have had him on earlier, good result against one of the big boys
steff_the_villan
03/01/2007 20:19:00
0
4th January and still no mention of a signing.......
col8
04/01/2007 01:50:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Aston Villa Fans Reactions To Newcastle Utd Match

Numerous reactions from Aston Villa fans for the Villa v Newcastle United match

What A Bizarre Match - Aston Villa v Newcastle Utd

What a bizarre match!

Audio - Di Matteo Credits Villa Fightback

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has been giving his thoughts following today's draw with fellow relegated Newcastle United.

Stats: Aston Villa v Newcastle United

All the stats from Aston Villa (1) vs (1) Newcastle United, Villa Park, 24/9/16 Att: 32,062

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)

Newcastle MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gollini13%
Chester0%
Elphick3%
Baker0%
Adomah0%
Westwood3%
Jedinak1%
Amavi1%
Bacuna1%
Kodjia36%
Ayew28%
Sub - Tshibola13%
Sub - Gestede0%
Sub - Hepburn-Murphy1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
2 Huddersfield 9 6 1 2 19 4
3 Brighton 9 5 2 2 17 6
4 Reading 9 5 2 2 17 0
5 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
6 Birmingham 9 4 4 1 16 4
7 Barnsley 9 5 0 4 15 6
8 Wolves 9 4 3 2 15 3
9 Brentford 9 4 2 3 14 6
10 Bristol City 9 4 2 3 14 5
11 Sheff Wed 9 4 2 3 14 -1
12 Leeds Utd 9 4 1 4 13 -1
13 Fulham 9 3 4 2 13 -2
14 Ipswich 9 3 3 3 12 0
15 Forest 9 3 2 4 11 -2
16 Q.P.R. 9 3 2 4 11 -4
17 Aston Villa 9 1 6 2 9 0
18 Burton 9 2 3 4 9 -2
19 Preston 9 3 0 6 9 -4
20 Blackburn 9 2 2 5 8 -6
21 Cardiff 9 2 2 5 8 -7
22 Derby County 9 1 3 5 6 -6
23 Rotherham 9 1 3 5 6 -12
24 Wigan 9 1 2 6 5 -3
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Gutierrez considering options away from Haas
Latest Vital Boxing News
Crolla v Linares – Running Order
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Sep 27 2016 7:45PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 15 2016 5:30PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 8:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear517
2.glensider327
3.sirdennis299
4.Fulford263
5.Silhillvilla212
6.Melon Donkey184
7.kefkat158
8.JuanPabloAngel133
9.villasince67121
10.DeanoVilla115
The Vital Football Members League