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Maloney To Kick On

Maloney To Kick On

Maloney has struggled to settle with constant links surrounding a return to Celtic, hardly helped I must admit by his own comments to the press at points!

O'Neill has remained confident throughout the period that Maloney had the skill and temperment to make a success of himself at Villa and it's seemed that when his head has been right he has slowly been introduced more, and looked quite tasty in appearances to boot.

Speaking after the match, O'Neill said:

"It was a blinding free kick and he made a big contribution because he turned the game for us. It was absolutely exquisite but he is capable of doing that.

"He has done it in training this week but you have to do it on the big stage and he produced today. That was magnificent.

"That will give him a big lift in confidence.

"There have been lots of rumours talking about him being homesick and I can understand that.

"He has not really been away from home properly, out of Scotland. But if he settles down, he can do that."

I think it's quite clear that if wee Maloney wants to make a name for himself in the Premiership then it's entirely down to him to continue to prove so.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday December 17 2007
Time: 8:53AM


Even if Celtic do come in for him I think his valuation increased by a bit more after Saturday.
17/12/2007 10:32:00
Maloney is a good player and I would like to see him get a few more starts. I would prefer him to Gardner in midfield any day.
17/12/2007 11:47:00
Give him a chance MON!
17/12/2007 12:44:00
Maybe its time to give him a place in the starting lineup, let him have his head and see what he can do, I wont be surprised if playing a bit part for Villa is getting him down. Give the lad a chance to get in amongst the action for a couple of games.
17/12/2007 12:44:00
He's quoted on the BBC he'd like to stay. That's great, I'd take him over Luke any day. MON must try and give Maloney and Harewood a chance in the team (like he did with Petrov).
17/12/2007 14:20:00
Truthfully, I really like Maloney coming off the bench. He is a great sparkplug, adding instant energy to the team whenever he comes on. That's exactly what you want out of a substitute.
17/12/2007 14:55:00
Why does he have to be a sub? I reckon he should get a couple of starts ajd the chance to show what he can do - either in midfield or alongside Big John as one of 2 supporting strikers.
17/12/2007 15:55:00
No, Maloney has never been away from Scotland. Being born in Malaysia doesn't count!!!
17/12/2007 15:57:00
glad to hear. i hope to see more of him.
17/12/2007 16:18:00
He should get a chance to start, instead of being brought on when we are chasing games. MON does appear to have double standards, he stuck with Petrov throughout his ropey patch (rightfully so) and has given Luke Moore more than of his fair share of starts. Why not give Davies, Maloney and Harewood a few full games in this busy period?
17/12/2007 16:46:00
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