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Salifou Arrives at Villa

There’s no more need to ask “where’s Salifou” as the ‘Togolese Zidane’ joined up with his Villa team-mates this morning.

The international midfielder has been training with his old club for some time as problems with his work permit meant he was unable to enter the United Kingdom. Now that minor issue is sorted, he is at Bodymoor Heath raring to go if his agent is to be believed.

A somewhat surprising dead-line day deal from Martin O’Neill, who had first spotted Moustapha whilst he was working for the BBC at the World Cup in 2006 (O’Neill that is, not Salifou) and since the announcement of the signing, has always been quick to ensure that we are aware that it is a “gamble.”

The Villa boss looks set to hand Salifou his Villa debut in the reserves match against Chelsea next Monday, and reckons that Togo’s version of Zinadine Zidane will be wanting to make up for the time he lost waiting for his work permit. “I'd think very, very definitely he'd be involved,” O’Neill told avfc.co.uk. “He's arriving with no pressure on him - he's on a year's contract - but it is nice to see him!”

'There's a real hunger from him to play, certainly from the convoluted conversations I've had with the agent - he was really dead keen to come.'




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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 18 2007

Time: 1:30PM

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Good luck Mustapha.
Adam Deuce
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18/10/2007 13:40:00

... Oh and welcome to The Mighty Aston Villa FC.
Adam Deuce
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18/10/2007 13:41:00

i am really intwerested in this player, i doubt he realises the massive interest his arrival has created. be interesting to see him.
Stig
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18/10/2007 13:52:00

I like the no pressure comment, he's just be likened to one of the greatest footballers of all time.!!
weller77
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18/10/2007 14:03:00

Think it will be a while before we see him in the first team, plenty of training then reserve football to get up to speed first I'd guess. Be a massive boost if this player works out, there must be a few hidden gems, lets hope he is one of them. If it doesn't work out then nothing ventured nothing gained!
The Fear
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18/10/2007 14:14:00

Yes, he has just been likened to one of the greatest footballers of all time, by a 'pal' at Arsenal (thanks Ade). And the media picked that up and splashed it around. And lo and behold the Villa fans have seen it and gone 'wow, this guy must be absolutely amazing'. No prizes for guessing what the comments will be if he fails to impress in the first five minutes: "I thought this guy was supposed to be amazing", and "he was sh**e", and "I thought MON said this guy was the next Zidane", and -- well you get the picture ...
BobTheBuilder
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18/10/2007 14:15:00

Bob, i don't think for one minute anyone believes this guy is as good as Zidane. I for one don't believe it, but if i go with the opinion this guy is ***** then things can only get better.
*Holte*End*Star*
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18/10/2007 14:37:00

he will take at least a year to get used to the english game...
industrial_musical
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18/10/2007 15:32:00

Sounds an absolute world beater, if we listen to, and believe the hype. Good luck to him. He'll need time to get acclimatized, then we can take it from there. If he works out great, if he doesn't, nothing lost.
glensider
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18/10/2007 16:07:00

He had trouble getting into the country and he is an international player for Togo?? I thought this useless government had opened the floodgates to everyone. Anyway enough politics, and he has got to be better than Harewood, good luck to him UTV
Villan444
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18/10/2007 16:55:00

That chelsea reserve game suddenly seems quite inviting, think i might make the trip down to villa park for that one seeing as it is the school hols.
villabikes29
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18/10/2007 17:23:00

Cant lose out if he is only on a years contract, plays brilliantly we are in plays craap hes out win win situation for the Villa.
col8
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19/10/2007 00:18:00

well it kinda works col8. but if it takes him a year to settle then he'll be gone before hes had time too settle. so we might never get to see the new Zidane.
gappy65
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19/10/2007 08:41:00

I hope he's as good as matthieu berson!
johnnyuk
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19/10/2007 09:07:00

 

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