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The Wayne Escape

Martin O'Neill has said that Wayne Routledge now has an opportunity to get his career back on track - it's it's entirely down to him.

A nominal, no risk fee of 1.5 million has brought us a player who many believed would light up the top league in the Country for years to come when he was a starlet at Crystal Palace.

Things didn't entirely go his way, well not least in playing and potential terms, but I doubt his bank account has suffered much over the period.

Not even a loan spell at Fulham managed to create much interest in him nor remind Spurs why they signed him to begin with, so Wayne is desperate to get back on track and become the player he should already be.

This desire and hunger was what impressed O'Neill, and has already been said, this is a typical and classic O'Neill signing.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neil said:

'This gives Wayne a chance to kick-start his career, he has been frozen out at Tottenham. At Crystal Palace he looked a world-beater but he lost his way.

'This is an opportunity for him. He admitted himself that he was stagnating at Spurs. I hope he comes in and does brilliantly.

'No promises have been made to him. He has to battle and try and get in the side.

'I have seen in him a good desire. He could have gone elsewhere; he could have earnt more money somewhere else.

'But he wanted to come here - that is pleasing and good luck to him.

'He is genuinely hungry and that impressed me more than anything else.

'He has seen that other players, at a similar age to himself, have surpassed him while he has been hanging around. It's now up to him but he has desire.'

If it doesn't work, we've lost absolutely nothing. If it does work, well - could be the second best market move since signing Young.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 1 2008

Time: 4:27PM

Your Comments

welcolme routledge. saying all the right things for me, nice to have a right winger here again. i will never forget how he crucified us home and away when he was at palace, he just seemed to skip past our defence. more of the same please wayne.
Stig
Its not a surprise he never got a look in at Spurs with 10 midfielders under Martin Joll the only way they could all get a game was if he played a 1-10-1 formation.
col8
i am quite exited about seeing him actually! i wish we were playing on saturday though i don't like traveling on a sunday!!!!!! */* -
villavillavilla
1-10-1 col? Thought it was only 11 a side. ;)
Villain83
And cols recent run of form comes to an end. Pity. Hoping for everyones sake that Wayne can pull it out, he could be great for the club. All he has to do is create enough hassle to spread the play though really. Good luck
Carlosio
Very good luck to him. He's been provided with an excellent opportunity to put his WHL nightmare behind him, and get his highly promising career back on track. Could prove to be a very useful acquisition.
glensider
Our right side, both in midfield and up front, imo has definitely been our major weakness ever since O'Neill arrived for the 2006/7 season. Gabby is wasted there, so let's hope this move does the trick allowing us to get behind defences on both flanks.
villacross
I take it he's not going to get into the squad by default, so we won't see him in the Fulham game ? Or will we see him start from the bench maybe ? Must say I'm keen to see him do well. If he and Young are both in form we've got the potential to be a nightmare for any opposition's defence. Bring 'em on!
ExpatVillaShirt
Watch him score on sunday!
-Phoenix-
Typical MON signing, young, pacey, British and has a point to prove. Lets hope he gets more of a chance than Maloney. Great bit of business for 1.5m.
son_of_cher
When was our last 1st team player named Wayne?
silkie villain
Anyone reckon he'll be starting today? I'd imagine if he has proved his match fitness in training he will start.
DeanoVilla
I look to see him on the bench at least against Newcastle United next weekend, particularly after yesterdays impotent offering. We need creativity and ideas, he might just offer that.
glensider
 

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