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It's All About Getting Moore

Martin O'Neill has admitted that it has been the form of Marlon Harewood that has paved the way for Luke Moore to head for newer pastures at the Boggies.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neill explained the details of the move and likened it to the deal we have with them for Curtis Davies, however in our case we have a recall after 28 days should our own problems dictate.

'One thing that made the decision a wee bit easier was Marlon Harewood, who still has not started a Premier League game but has had a major impact in matches now. That is great, and he feels much more part of it than ever before which is really terrific.

'We do get a recall after 28 days, that is part of the arrangement. Everything is in place- the permanency of it all, too. But if we get a number of problems here then we get a recall here after 28 days.

'The way things are going, if we stay clear of injuries then hopefully Luke can complete his time at West Brom.'

Comparing the deal to the one struck with them for Curtis Davies, O'Neill continued:

'West Brom want to take him to the end of the season, and then buy him at the end - a wee bit like the arrangement we have with Curtis Davies.

'They would like to take him on loan now, at this minute, and are trying to cover all bases really - making sure he is involved if they go through to the play-offs, that they cover those particular games.

'They have met the asking price. They have agreed the fee. I am not asking for a loan fee because I have a chance of getting him back at the end of 28 days. So you are not likely to ask someone for a fee is there is a possibility of a recall.'

Now most know I'll be sad to see Luke go, I don't think he's been given a proper run or played to suit his talents and that we've a strange over reliance on Carew and Gabby regardless of their given form. Most fans will think of his agents comments from a few months ago and although Luke still hasn't spoken about this directly himself, it appears he has made his concerns abundantly clear to MON though:

'Luke wants to go. He is pretty anxious to go.'

And that's about the end of it isn't it.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 21 2008

Time: 2:51PM

Your Comments

I say Good luck to him!
dazh
Not to fussed about him leaving. He could have been an exceptional talent but never seemed to really apply himself once it was clear that Gabby was clearly better than him!! Good luck to him at the Baggies though, i think he'll be awesome in the Championship!! Lets hope we sign some proper quality to replace him at the end of the season!
tdiddyo
Just paves the way for a top class striker in the squad. Luke's evolution has stopped like his brother's before him (although Luke has reached a higher standard) and I think that the Championship is where he belongs.
Villan444
Good luck to the lad, last season he looked good, but when given the opportunity on the pitch this season he has never taken his chance. Maybe its me but his body language and hunger this season has not been the same. If he ends up doing the same at WBA then he'll end up like his brother.
PaulG
Good luck to him. Hope he gets his act sorted. Plenty of talent, but is the drive there? Maybe he'll show us when we play the Baggies next season.
glensider
An out of touch, low on confidence, and cheesed off Luke Moore has now gone - and in those circumstances taking up the option and getting 3.5m for him is I suppose good business. But what are those circumstances? I for one think it is unfathomable why some some players have to do more for an extended run of full 90 minute matches than others. If he had been treated like Petrov he could well have returned to his end of season form last year or his form of 2 years ago. Gabby is another who has had the benefit of a long run - in his case richly deserved. Fact is though he is still over-hyped and has said himself he has much still to prove and improve. Luke Moore is under-hyped and I am very unsure who will go furthest. Good luck to them both and I fully expect to see Luke Moore back at Villa Park next year albeit with the oppposition. Steve Davis doesn't look like he will come back to haunt us, but Luke and Gary Cahill may well do so. Here's hoping our youths include a couple of even better gems - because all things been equal, if they are good enough it is home grown'uns most of us like best Best team for this weekend or any weekend come to that is the players in form. We were brilliant in the second 45 and should keep the same 11 with Gabby on the bench and Petrov nowhere. Olof v Gardner is a harder one given it is an away game - but I would stick with the guys who did the business.
stennyvilla
well said stenny.
los_angeles_villan
Stenny - to suggest that Luke hasn't been given a run in the side is inaccurate. He was involved at the tail end of last season and has started nine and come off the bench in nine games this year. Two goals is not enough - especially when you look at his record against the top teams. Half of his total number of goals at this level are against Middlesboro! Also, keep in mind that none of us see these players train on a regular basis, nor what they are like in the dressing room etc. My impressions of Luke over the past year or so have altered dramatically. For the first time in his career he's having to fight for a shirt and in my opinion, he's not up for it. He seems sulky and spoiled, jealous even, that Gabby has overtaken him. Instead of getting his head down and working for it, he's taking the easy road. Marlon Harewood is older and more experienced than Luke Moore, yet he's had far fewer chances; not sulked, instead he's shown humility and WORK ETHIC to get himself back in contention and it has paid off. I was a huge Luke Moore fan up until last year, now I'm glad to see the back of him to be honest.
gmvillan
He had a run at the end of last season. Played instinctively, scored goals and looked the part. This season he has not had a run of 90 minute games - he was always the one to be brought off, or wa on the bench. In several years at Villa he has been a prolific striker at youth and reserve level and looked like he can bridge the gap. This season he has become down hearted and disenchanted. We will now wait and see what happens.....
stennyvilla
 

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