If Anyone Can, McCann Can
Villa boss Martin O'Neill has said Gavin McCann is far more than the 'bread and butter' player that David O'Leary labelled him as and says he has been 'terrific' this season.
'He's been absolutely terrific. Other than the occasional game, he's been really good since the start of the season. I don't think it's fair to say he's just a 'bread and butter' type of player. I think that McCann has got much more than that. If 'bread and butter' means underrated, fair enough. Some people can go around and be more showy, but he's there all the time.'
Adding, on the official site: 'If he was just doing a holding role for us, getting it and giving it to someone, I could understand saying he was a 'bread and butter' player. But he's actually trying to do more for us. He's actually trying to get us on the attack. He's doing a lot and he's been terrific.'
'He's like a Neil Lennon type. I think he's got the ability like Lennon to attract the ball. He doesn't have to worry about going looking for it, he's one of those players that will attract it and he can use it. That's the great thing about him. He's wanting to do everything for us at the moment, whereas if we can get a bit more help in, he might have a wee bit less to do.
'What I'm trying to do is help players like McCann. These are the players who deserve it. They've been here a while now and need help. It's not just for the players. I want it for us and for the football club.'