Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

What Happens To Olof Mellberg

What Happens To Olof Mellberg

If we get a right back, where would Olof play?

Even though Olof Mellberg has done very well whilst playing at right-back this season, I was wondering where he would play if we were to sign a real right-back in the transfer window?

I believe that the major downfall to playing Melly at RB is that he often lacks the killer instinct and can not cross to save his life. Against Tottenham there was so much space down the right hand side that we could have taken advantage of is we had a natural right back.

If Curtis Davies continues to play like this then it is very unlikely that he will be dropped for Melberg to go back into a position that he hasn't played in for 6 months. And in my opinion Zat Knight will need some type of miracle in order to become a first team regular once more.

To be honest I don't think that I would be too bothered to see him leave. He is thirty now and is obviously not 100% committed to the club as he has done nothing but do nothing to silence the persistent speculation linking him with a move to Juventus. I would definitely be much much more upset if it emerged that Martin Laursen were to leave the club.

Bosingwa seems almost 100% certain not to be plying his trade at Villa Park next season and other links such as Seville's highly rated RB, Crespo are also unlikely has he has just signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2011, which has a 10m release clause. Valencia's Portuguese RB Miguel has also been linked.

My personal favourite would be Justin Hoyte, fast, strong and can attack well plus the fact that he ha been trained all his life with the magician that is Arsene Wenger.

villavillavilla

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:villavillavilla
Date:Monday January 7 2008
Time: 9:45AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I'd say Melly is pretty safe as even if we do sign a right back it will no doubt be a panic buy now and probably as cover for Mellberg. :(
DeanoVilla
07/01/2008 09:48:00
0
Well MON said back in the summer that he couldn't get his target until the winter and it was almost a done deal but God knows who it will be if anyone. Mellberg has been our captain and an excellent servant but is nothing more than a solid centre back and can't cross or take players on down the wing etc. and you can't teach a 30 year old new tricks. MON must be planning for life without him.
Villan444
07/01/2008 10:28:00
0
I wish Olly all the best in the future, he's been a great servant for the Villa, but it's clear that his days are numbered in birmingham. The thing is, with a real top class club like Juve, a team that's clearly at the level up from where we are, can you see him having the skills on the ball to be able to make the grade?
lorenzo
07/01/2008 13:30:00
0
I asked the same thing on the forum last week, and I still haven't got the answer. Despite MON's hopes that he'll be able to persuade Olof to pen a new deal, in reality that doesn't look likely, so I guess that this month could really see the beginning of the parting of the ways. If, and I still think that its a big if, we sign a specialist right full back this month, no doubt he and Olof will compete for the starting position, while the latter will also be in contention for a central defensive role. All very sad, but time stands still for no one, and we all have to move on.
glensider
08/01/2008 06:44:00
0
As a central defender the writing is probably on the wall for Olof, so who knows, maybe this season at right full back has inadvertently extended his Villa Park career by a season.
glensider
10/01/2008 20:16:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

HK - Abdo & McKirdy Talk Soccer 7's Trophy

Khalid Abdo and Harry McKirdy have both been giving their thoughts on Aston Villa's Hong Kong Soccer Sevens success last weekend.

Grealish Bags Brace On Full England U21 Debut

Youngster Jack Grealish made his England Under 21 debut in their last game against Portugal, and tonight he went one better on his full debut against Guinea.

Clark Linked To West Brom - Okore On The Future

Republic of Ireland centre half Ciaran Clark is again being linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion, and Jores Okore has been speaking about his future.

HK - Petty Delighted With Soccer Sevens Win

Coach Ben Petty has hailed the attitude of the youngsters who lifted the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens at the weekend.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

David Moyes would be:
Suggested By: JP Fear
A great appointment75%
A good appointment but I'd prefer a.n.other10%
Average appointment1%
No thanks appointment14%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
F1 teams cover good mileage in test
Latest Vital Boxing News
Makabu Threatens to Knock Bellew Out
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions758
2.The Fear415
3.kefkat300
4.sirdennis270
5.Lerner Out!245
6.Fulford225
7.glensider205
8.JuanPabloAngel177
9.DeanoVilla152
10.Thomas Holte144
Vital Football Comment