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Tough Choice For Maloney

Tough Choice For Maloney

Looks like Shaun Maloney had a really tough choice to make before leaving Celtic.

The 24-year-old Scottish international had the choice between Aston Villa and.................... Fulham.

Hmmm, lets think about it, Aston Villa or Fulham?

Tough one.

Obviously Maloney would have had to think that conundrum over for at least 1 minute before completing a £1million move to Villa Park.

He said: 'Once January came around I could talk to clubs and I did speak to people at Fulham. But after speaking to Martin O'Neill I had a decision to make. Obviously there are links with Martin and me and I think I did the right thing. I'm really happy to be here now. I know Martin joined Villa in August, but back then I was content at Celtic and hoping that my new contract would get sorted. The closer I came to January though, the prospect of leaving came into my head. Villa was the offer that really swayed me.'

'It was my own decision to sign for Villa. Once I'd decided I wanted to come to Villa, I wasn't going to wait until the summer. But if things had not been sorted between me and Villa before the window closed, it would have been very difficult for me to go back.'

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday February 4 2007
Time: 1:36PM


Very pleased he's here but it does beg the question, if he is so great, why no other teams came in for him?
04/02/2007 13:46:00
I think the real answer is that he is not so great. A good prospect yes, but far to early to believe he is anything other than good. He is also very injury prone.
04/02/2007 14:04:00
Not very injury prone, he has had some injuries recently, but id say hes far from injury prone - Martin Laursen is very injury prone, Shaun is a long way away from that.
04/02/2007 14:40:00
i'll give him 5 years
04/02/2007 14:42:00
I would like to ask a question for you guys.It has been previously stated that Aston Villa in a near future, will contend for champions league spots.What team in the top 4 do you think is the weakest link?
04/02/2007 15:06:00
liverpool.Benitez is losing the plot.if they get their 150mil or whatever maybe chelski.
04/02/2007 15:15:00
I say Chelsea if they all keep falling out with each other
04/02/2007 15:24:00
Got to be Liverpool but we''start challenging Bolton, Tottenham, Everton next season and then the season after I can really see us making an impact. Benitez fall from grace will revolve around his striker selection, mark my words. Arsenal are very strong and expect them to snatch the Premisership next season. UP THE VILLA.
04/02/2007 15:25:00
I know we have only seen "highlight reels" of this guy, but one man knows him better than any of us. and if that man thinks he is worth a punt than I would give him the benefit of the doubt, and lets see how he performs and what he brings to the party before we pass judgement.
04/02/2007 15:47:00
Well said Steff. From some of the comments on this board when we buy new players, you could almost believe that some would like our new signings to fail so they can say 'told you so'. Isn't it about time we got behind our players and had a bit more 'innocent until proved guilty'? I constantly see references to players coming from the SPL and other leagues and how they 'won't cut it in the Premiership'. That would be like Roy Keane and his ilk from Irish football, etc. I guess you're right though - look how badly they did in the Prem ... :o)
04/02/2007 16:10:00
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