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MON Key In Routledge Decision

MON Key In Routledge Decision

Wayne Routledge had admitted that the main reason for his switch to Villa Park was Martin O'Neill.

It's not the first time we've heard such things, we know for a lot of players Martin O'Neill is highly regarded and well respected so it shouldn't be a surprise.

After the Defoe and Boateng will he, won't he debacle some are a little disappointed that our trips to White Heart Lane were for a serially underperforming right winger, but we have to remember how highly rated Routledge once was. Yes he's never pushed on and fulfilled the potential that people believed he had, but how many players have gone on to reach their potential whilst playing under MON.

Speaking on the official site, Routledge admitted as much in saying:

'I am ecstatic. I can't wait to start my Aston Villa career, it is a massive club and Martin O'Neill is a fantastic manager and he has done great things here already.

'The manager's record at bringing players through is amazing. If he can do the same with me, it will be good for Aston Villa.

'To even be linked with a club like Villa and to be here signed is a massive privilege.

'I am honoured. I just want to prove myself now. It is a forward step for me. When I heard about Villa's interest, there was only one club I wanted to sign for.'

That will upset some, Villa bigger than Spurs!

'The training ground is an amazing place. I have been shown around - it's remarkable. It's exciting times for the club.

'Villa Park is a massive stadium, with great fans and superb atmosphere. I can't wait to play there again.

'Everyone has seen how well Villa have done this season. Martin has signed some good players in his time here and he has bought the best out of his team. I hope he can do that with me.

'We have some exciting months ahead. Now, the hard work begins. I want to do well for Martin for showing faith in me and for the supporters.'

After all that enthusiasm I can't resist, wonder if he can play right back?

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday January 31 2008
Time: 3:30PM


Let's hope he becomes as good a right winger as AY has developed on the left, under O'Neill. Welcome aboard son.
31/01/2008 15:36:00
That's exactly what we want to hear, a player who is exstatic at joining the Villa. Another hungry player with something to prove, which is again what we wany. UTV!
31/01/2008 15:45:00
I hope he meant what he said and will act as such rather then just say that as he feels he has to show a high regard for the club like so many others do. If he plays half as well as young has been then he will be a top signing hope he is
Tallaght Villan
31/01/2008 16:26:00
Everyone on Villa WANTS to be here. They love Villa. And that's why we are doing well - even if we don't get defoe (who I really do what) it's probably because MON doesn't think he really wants to be here and therefore why should we want someone who isn't fully commited? Wayne just won me over with his support - so let's support him and make his transition as smooth as possible. Viva la villans!
31/01/2008 17:51:00
Are we really going to get excited about Wayne Routledge? Were we that desperate to sign somebody/anybody? I don't mean to sound pessimistic, I'm excited about our place in the table and our prospects for the future, but we could have done better than this. I hope Wayne proves me wrong.
Scot Dutch
31/01/2008 19:50:00
I hope he does well for you. He's been one of those players that it failed to work out for at Spurs. Lennon was always going to be ahead of him.
01/02/2008 03:26:00
Oh, and by the way, I think he could prove you wrong Scot Dutch. Give MON a little time to work with him and he could well suprise you. I hope so. Good luck Wayne!
01/02/2008 03:29:00
Well done bruv. Show them what you got. I know you'll do it. U know who this is.. NOW GO GET EM'!!!
01/02/2008 22:47:00
Good luck to the lad. He's been presented with a great opportunity, now its down to him. He may well have to bide his time, as did Curtis Davies, but hopefully when MON gives him the call, he's ready and prepared, and can well and truly resurrect his career. I'm more than happy with his signing. You dont lose talent, and he certainly had it in abundance in the early stages of his career. Go Get 'Em Wayne!
02/02/2008 21:28:00
A few decent reserve team outings and hopefully we'll at least see him on the bench for a game or two. I'm looking forward to seeing him. When we signed Tony Morley way back when, he was in and out of the Burnley line up, and look what a move to VP did for him.
14/02/2008 17:41:00
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