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Routledge Future In His Hands

Martin O'Neill has explained that the club have a verbal agreement to look at extending Routledge's contract in the summer if he impresses.

The player only had 18 months left on his deal at Spurs, so Villa have offered the same but have already agreed to revisit the issue in the summer if he impresses in games.

Speaking on the official site, Martin O'Neill explained:

'Wayne had got 18 months to run of his deal at Tottenham and, while I think he is very capable, at the same time I just didn't really want to imprison him here.

'He feels himself that 18 months is sufficient for him. We have come to a mutual agreement amongst ourselves and it is up to him.

'All he is looking for is a proper chance and I genuinely hope he gets it.

'If people keep him out of the team for months and he is starved of football, it might mean we are doing pretty well and that is the way I hope it would be.

'But effectively there is an opportunity here for Wayne and, if he is doing well, I will be the first one in the summer to look at the situation again and say 'I'd love you here for the next three years'.

'It is a challenge but Wayne is really up for it. He has been pretty adamant about it and that is what I was looking for.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 4 2008

Time: 5:03PM

Your Comments

Give the lad a start on Saturday.Petrov is woeful out wide and only helps congest the midfield, instead of giving us the width we need to stretch teams.We all need to stay focussed on the job in hand -Europe, as yesterday was a joke!UTV
OneloveVilla
All the best Wayne. I think he will give the manager an added dimension to our play. Allowing us to have Ashley down the left wing Wayne down theright wing , with either Carew or Gabby down the middle , we can then have 3 centre midfield players, Barry, Reo and Petrov playing behind the striker, if Petrov does not work then we could try salfou
MotoPhil
Well, I think the lad needs time 2bed in.. get settled in the area and take off. He hasn't played competitive football for some time. We need 2b patient with him. We can't apply too much pressure & 2be expecting miracles instantly. Wayne will be fine because he has all the elements around him to be a success here.. Something he didnt have at spurs because even when he had a chance, Spurs weren't willing to let him grow. He played ok against derby in the 1 game he played for spurs this year, and then jol froze him out again. A run of games is the key to wayne's success here.. He has the potential to be another Ashley Young.. No doubts in my mind about that!!
notaspur
strange signing, even when he was at Fulham he was on the periphery of things!
merlin
When we played palace a couple of years ago he destroyed us on his own. If he can recover anything like that form he will do well. I agree he could be another Ashley Young and if so we will be a real threat to any team. If Barry and NRC have options when they get te ball they will look better, at the moment sometimes particulary yesterday they don't have an option. Agree we need to be patient it takes time.
daveldvilla
According to the official site he scored a wonder goal tonight and set up another for the reserves.
daveldvilla
Like the agreement. Could be the way forward. The lad has something to prove, and I for one hope he gets that opportunity sooner rather than later.
glensider
He's a good little player is our wayne (despite his name) I surprised Pompey didn't come back in for him ... Hope he serves you well and takes the chance to make a name for himself... he always seemed keen when he was on loan to us...
Chix
Scored a screamer last night apparently. Hopefully gives MON a choice to make Saturday.
DeanoVilla
if it is in his hands does that mean he can play when he wants too
ozanne park rangers
 

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