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Home Sick Blues Or Green & Whites

Oh no! Shaun Maloney has admitted that he hasn't settled and that he is struggling with homesickness.

Maloney, the scorer of the winning goal against Fulham yesterday, came to Villa for £1million in January when Celtic decided to off-load the striker as he wouldn't sign a new contract and could have left this summer on a free. The move by Maloney seemed to put a good few noses out of joint after Celtic fans felt their club had developed him only for him to walk away for next to nothing.

However since the move there has been loads of talk about him being unsettled and wanting to move back North of the border to the Scottish giants.

He said: 'What is the situation with my own future? I have struggled to settle. I have spoken to the manager and he seems to be all right with me at the moment. There is nothing really to say at the moment. Am I going to be here until at least January? Am I going to Celtic this week? I can't say at the moment. Homesickness has affected my form. I haven't played well enough to play in the team and I think that has shown so hopefully now things can change.'

Apparently he still spends a great deal of time commuting, he continued, 'I haven't found a place to live yet down here. I haven't done myself any favours with the travelling I've ended up doing up to Glasgow and things. Hopefully things will get sorted out one way or the other and I can start playing well. I haven't done that since I came here to Villa. Are talks planned with the manager? No, nothing like that. I spoke to the manager a few weeks ago and he is quite sound with me. I don't need to see the manager.'

Homesickness. Hmmm, ok not nice BUT this is a lad old enough to stand on his own two feet, he is very well paid and at a great club where he is getting plenty of support. All he has to do is train and be ready for 90 minutes of football once or twice a week. I'd point to the young lads being shipped off to Iraq and Afghanistan. They have every right to be homesick and upset, not sure a pampered footballer does. I know where my sympathies lie anyway. In life, sometimes, you just have to grow a pair and grow up.

As I said in my match report, I really hope he settles as it looks like we have a bargain. If he does return to Celtic, I wonder if he could do us a huge favour and take Stiliyan Petrov back with him!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 26 2007
Time: 3:54PM


How difficult can it be buying a house when you earn £10-£20,000 a week? ffs try doing it on a normal wage, have some deep fried Mars Bars, get your family or friends down here and get stuck in or go back.
26/08/2007 18:12:00
Seems like a much of a muchness to me. He'll be ok, I reckon.
Sheriff Kimbo
26/08/2007 18:19:00
Imagine if he goes and no one is brought in
26/08/2007 18:27:00
So much for all those who reckoned its all paper talk rubbish !! What are Villa doing that they can't sort a young kid from Scotland out. No wonder O'Neill doesn't want to buy foreign players we can't hope to cope with them. The more professional Premiership sides seem to manage, all 19 of them why can't Villa, especially as we have the ebst man motivator in the league, or do we.....
26/08/2007 18:45:00
I don't think we need to start slating SM for saying what he feels. He's a good little player and we could do with supporting him when he needs it, rather than kicking him when he's down. Of course he's old enough to leave home and cope - he didn't say he was cutting his wrists or that he wants anybody to feel sorry for him - just that he feels homesick. And even those on 50K a week have feelings. Let's hope he can get he sticks with it and becomes a Villa legend. We could do with his creativity and talent.
26/08/2007 18:47:00
Keep him.
26/08/2007 18:54:00
he needs to get up the arcadian or broad sreet and find himself a nice brummie bird to settle down with and get his feet on the ground......he could allways come out with me and my mates and join our dominoes team..........Keep the Faith.....AVFC for life....
26/08/2007 20:02:00
Happy to see you also got your share of whinging players, I for one have a hard time pitying anyone who earns more than 10 times more than me a week.
Blue is the colour
26/08/2007 20:34:00
Maybe after that goal he might stay
26/08/2007 21:05:00
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