Writer: J P Fear
Date:Saturday March 8 2008
I must admit - and I'm not trying to be grumpy honest - that I'm getting a bit fed up of these articles and repeated quotes either from the man himself or others at the club.
Surely silence is golden and talking should be done on the pitch? Maybe a bit harsh but....
Stiliyan Petrov has again said he will find his form and do the business for Villa.
He has been left out recently for his own good as the player has been devoid of confidence and form leaving Villa playing with ten men when he is on the pitch.
This has happened so often with this player who joined us the summer before last for £6.5million from Celtic that surely at some point you have to question if he will ever settle into the style of play in the Premiership and if not, whether he needs to be moved on?
It wasn't that long ago that he started to show signs that he was getting there, a few games he showed those teasing glimpses of the Petrov that we all expected. It has been said a million times but the fact remains his best game for us was his debut at Upton Park v West Ham. Since then, at best he has been in mixed form and to many he has been well below average.
I think that some of the fans see him as a scapegoat and he has been targeted by the few boo boys we have BUT the fact remains, he hasn't on a regular basis delivered for us. Do we give him another season to prove himself? Should he come back into the team now? Or would it be better for him and us if he found a league that is better suited to his style? Either that or is Martin O'Neill playing him in the wrong way? He has after all been used to playing as an attacking midfielder and yet at Villa he is more often than not asked to play in the holding role, something he has clearly not been able to do.
Petrov admitted 'I haven’t produced my best form for Villa but I haven’t been complaining, I just get on with it and the manager picks the team. Sometimes it doesn’t go well for you but you still do your best for your team-mates and that’s the way I’ll carry on. I’ll never give up. I will be back playing for Villa. To be honest, a few people have asked what I want to do. But I’m not a quitter and I’m not thinking about a transfer.'
He also argues that he is as suited to the Premier League as anywhere else explaining: 'Football is the same everywhere you go I’ve played Champions League, internationals and European Championship games, so I don’t find this any different.'
Date:Saturday March 8 2008
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