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The Villa Times - 17/01/2007

The Villa Times - 17/01/2007

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The Times are saying that Aston Villa and Fulham are slugging it out for the signature of 25-year-old Poland striker Radoslaw Matusiak of GKS Belchatow for around £2.3 million.

The club Crest Consultation survey has had 2,100 fans already voting. The survey will run until Friday January 26. New Chief Executive Richard FitzGerald said: 'This is a fresh start for the club and the chairman and board are keen to liase with supporters on as many key decisions as possible. We want to hear from as many supporters as possible on this issue.' Full article: Click Here

According to The Sun, Watford will allow 21-year-old Ashley Young leave but only if the £9.65million bid that West Ham put in is matched. Reports suggest that Young would like a move to Spurs but has also been linked to Aston Villa with Martin O'Neill in desperate need of re-enforcements following a spell of 12 games with no wins. Full article: Click Here

Martin O'Neill says the door is still open for former Czech Republic international midfielder Patrik Berger. The 33-year-old former Liverpool and Portsmouth player reminded the club he was back following a loan spell at Stoke by scoring an outstanding goal in the reserves game last night. Full quotes: Click Here

On-loan right back Phil Bardsley played the full 90 minutes for the reserves (2-2 v Pompey) last night and now has his eyes on stirring up a hornets nest on Saturday: 'It was good to get 90 minutes under my belt. I've not played for a while, so it was a useful run-out for me. It was a decent game overall and we could have won it right at the death - should have done really. Hopefully now I've done enough to be involved on Saturday. There's a big difference between Villa Park with just a handful of fans and Villa Park with 35,000 fans filling the stands. It's a massive game for us and we have to stand up and be counted. We've not won for a while now and we need to put that right against Watford.'

Villa captain Gareth Barry has challenged young Gabriel Agbonlahor to score 10 goals for Villa this season. Following 14 games without a goal, Gabby got on the scoresheet v Manchester United and Barry said: 'Gabby is off and running again after chipping in another goal at Old Trafford. That will give a lift to his confidence. If he can get to double figures, it will be a great first season for him. He's half-way there now and it is a realistic target for him to try and achieve.'

Gareth Barry says of the weekends game against Watford: 'It's a chance to get our confidence back - with no disrespect to Watford - and a game we're expected to win.'

Thomas Sorensen says this weekends game is a must win as Villa look to return to early season form. Full article: Click Here

Aston Villa's reserve game v Spurs has been moved to Villa Park and will be played on Wednesday 11 April, kick-off 7pm.

Sky Sports say that Real Betis and St Etienne have joined the race to sign Aston Villa striker Milan Baros. With other reports linking him to Chelsea, Lyon, Werder Bremen, Levante and Villarreal Sky say Betis have now become front runners. Sky claim 'They are rumoured to have offered Baros a lucrative deal, and are looking to capture his signature within the next few days. According to reports in France, St Etienne are also determined to snap up Baros, with coach Ivan Hajek confident of persuading his Czech compatriot to sign.' No way can we sell a striker now, not even if we bring another one in should quality like this be allowed to leave, not until the end of the season at the very least.

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by thegreatdando, what you thought, in a half time report, of Martin O'Neill and Randy Lerner. 76% said 'they'll sort the Villa'.
15% said it was too early to make a judgement. 7% said the wheels are beginning to fall off. 2% think it is another false dawn.

Stuart Pearce says Man City have been priced out of the market for Shaun Wright-Phillips and also claims he is for sale and not available on loan... Full article: Click Here

According to our resident Gretna mafia man Neil Baker Radio Clyde are claiming that Stiliyan Petrov wants to move back to Celtic. With all the reports it might be good to get a denial story out now if it isn't true! Full article: Click Here

Article on the transfer window and the lack of activity being exactly the same last season with only 38% of transfers done at any club in the first 17 days: Click Here

Thought for the day: Cats have nine lives. Which makes them ideal for experimentation.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday January 17 2007
Time: 12:39PM


I wory about our optimism against Watford - it is must win - but it aint always that easy.
17/01/2007 14:44:00
does anyone know how bardsley and laursen played last night.
17/01/2007 16:42:00
I like how Bardsley makes it sound like he is making himself part of the dismal run, even though it was nothing to do with him ;-) At least it sounds like he is committed to the cause!
Sheriff Kimbo
17/01/2007 17:14:00
good call sheriff i also noticed all the "we" comments.
17/01/2007 19:40:00
He (Bardsley) doesnt shirk from tackles, that soon became pretty obvious during Tuesday evenings reserve team encounter. Looked o.k., as did Laursen on his return from injury. Even Berger caught the eye, what with his stunning goal, and some very nice touches.
18/01/2007 05:29:00
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