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Do Villa Lack Inspiration?

Do Villa Lack Inspiration?

There's a lot of talent in the current Villa side, but what we appear to lack is a player with that touch of class which separates the best from the rest. An impact player who can create something from nothing, change a game - or win it - with that little bit of magic.

Portsmouth had such a player in Sully Muntari - a player was single-handedly able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and deliver with two moments of brilliance which were more than enough to take the points back to Fratton Park. In a tough game, he proved to be the real difference between the two teams.

A number of Premiership teams down the years have had such a player - Eric Cantona, David Ginola, Dennis Bergkamp, Paulo Di Canio were all talismanic players in their time, set apart from the rest by providing moments of sheer genius which live in the memory long after the game, or even their career. Modern equivalents would be Fabregas, Ronaldo, Arteta and their ilk, and the closest English players would probably be Rooney and Gerrard - even when their team is not playing at their best, these players are potential match winners.

And a player like that appears to be something we lack.

There's a lot of talented young players at Villa Park at the moment. Can't fault them for effort, but how many of them have the arrogance, the self belief, the genius to risk trying something different, to think outside the box, to unlock our opposition's defence with a moment of magic when we need it? When was the last time we had such a player? Paul Merson's quality was plain to see, but he was past his best when he joined us. Benni Carbone was a little trickster who was also unfortunately a little short on long-term commitment (to say he liked a regular signing on fee would be an understatement, especially from Bradford's point of view). Dwight Yorke was the hero of Brian Little's reign.. and the villain of John Gregory's tenure. But in recent years we haven't had a player with their intelligence, touch, creativity or vision. And they're not easy to come by either.

But that's what set us apart from Portsmouth today - they had a player who could seize the initative and the three points; we had an honest bunch of lads.

Date:Sunday December 9 2007
Time: 12:12PM


we don't have a magic merson at the moment, so we might lack inspiration, but at least our lads do now battle and don't lack in persperation. Just need that missing link now but don't most teams? I'd still bang on about Anelka, he would bring so much quality to the Villa!
The Fear
09/12/2007 12:14:00
We are desperate for some creation in the midfield area of the Merson mould. Till we get that person we will be dropping points regularly.
09/12/2007 12:20:00
Dare i say petrov on recent form could have been that player for us yesterday if he had been fit and continued that form? Hard to say in hindsight but i'd be interested to have seen the result replayed with him in the side.
09/12/2007 12:26:00
Or is it hokey cokey let loose? At present he is held back - could he be the one? I don't think he has been given that chance yet. There again there is Salifou - maybe?
09/12/2007 13:20:00
The only reason we lost is because we didn't put our chances away in the first half, if we had done I'm sure we would have cruised through the 2nd half and Petrov's absence would have gone unnoticed.
09/12/2007 13:24:00
Nigel Reo Coker you are having a laugh surely! Can't tackle, can't pass ,can't shoot and spends 75% of the time trying to win the ball back off the bloke he has just given it to! £8.5m for a digger! Know I expect a reasoned response to exactly why anyone thinks this guy is the answer !
09/12/2007 14:06:00
Villan57 - i agree with that. Reo Coker is little more than an undisciplined clogger. West Ham fans must still be laughing about the amount we paid for a player they didn't want, and actually went out of their way to hate! Sure, he can tackle, but then can't make the easiest of two-yard passes. And that's just the tackles he tries to win the ball, not the man, on!
09/12/2007 14:31:00
I know he's past his best a la Merson but Berger was looking like that player back end of last season. I saw comments yesterday doubting his commitment/attitude now he has his contract extension. I think this is a little harsh considering he has only just come back from injury. He played a beautiful ball through to (I think it was) Gabby in the second half yesterday which created a great chance which was unfortunately not taken. I know he's not the answer long term but he could be the answer this season if given the chance.
Adam Deuce
09/12/2007 14:53:00
Reo Coker was our best player yesterday. Saying he can't tackle is just plain stupid. He does a lot of tracking back and always gets stuck in.
09/12/2007 14:57:00
Barry is our creative player,however there have been a few games this season where he hasn't been in the game and Coker is having too much to do like yesterday.
09/12/2007 15:00:00
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