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Yet Another Stiliyan Petrov Vow...?

Yet Another Stiliyan Petrov Vow...?

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.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday March 8 2008
Time: 2:50PM


How long does it take someone to "find their form"? It's obvious that he can't handle the premier league, so I think we should look to offload him ASAP. All these quotes are starting to annoy because all they are doing is trying to do is cover up the fact that he is completely *****e.
08/03/2008 14:57:00
The problem is with selling him would be, right now nobody would want him that would be willing to pay more than about 1.5 - 2 million. You may as well keep him as back up
08/03/2008 15:05:00
I still think he will come good and if he doesn`t then he is a really good quality squad player.From what i can see his fitness has let him down he sweats buckets after half an hour,sort that out and he will be fine i remember when he had a mini resurgance earlier in the season he put it down to extra fitness sessions he should get back to that.
08/03/2008 15:19:00
he's been given way too much time, to the detriment of villa, premier league is a competitive place, carrying him is disabling the team. Might as well play with ten men, have we in the past couple of games missed him in any way? are we yearning for him to come back in cos he gives us that edge? and the answer is NO
08/03/2008 15:32:00
Truth is we would all love him to be the player the lucky few saw on his debut. Sadly, he has only reproduced that form in flashes. For me, it's hunger he lacks, and pride, without these, he can always shrug off critics, by saying he tried his best but was unlucky, or it just didn't work out for him. I'd be more impressed if he started giving his wages back until he felt he'd earned them.
08/03/2008 22:31:00
I quite liked the guy but my patience broke about 2 months ago. I just don't think he was ever that good I think others made him look good at celtic and he has well and truly been found wanting in the premier league.
08/03/2008 23:09:00
i have long defended Petrov, and i still want to, but find myself unable to make a constructive comment in his defence at the moment. More than ever he needs to prove his fitness and his hunger to earn even a place on the villa bench. Our unfortunate position is that we are now beginning to pick up a couple of injuries. He may end up on the bench whether he deserves it or not.
The Usual Suspect
08/03/2008 23:40:00
well if he is as busy on the field as with his off field vows then he shuld be a good player (Hee Hee)
ozanne park rangers
09/03/2008 05:06:00
lazy lazy lazy!! team lacks width with him in the team! i think he is a good squad player but has not shown anything like the class that he showed in his debut!!
09/03/2008 18:11:00
I dont doubt that the guy has all the best intentions in the world, he certainly comes across as a genuine guy. The talent is there, but for some reason, whatever that may be, he's just not doing the business.
10/03/2008 01:26:00
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