Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa's Zidane Close To Start

Villa's Zidane Close To Start

Martin O'Neill has spoken about our Togolese international signing Moustapha Salifou and says at some stage he does want to give him a first team start.

He told the official site,

'He came on at Old Trafford, but it's hard to make an assessment based on that. The pitch was really sodden by the time he came on so a couple of his passes went astray, which is unusual for him. He's a really nice footballer and it's a pity in many aspects that we didn't have him pre-season. He's always been fighting against players who were in front of him - either because we've been winning a few games and they've been doing alright or players whose fitness was ahead of him.'

Adding, 'But he's improving in that aspect and at some stage or another I'd like to start him in a game. But it's a fine balancing act. His attitude from day one has been excellent.'

He certainly seems to get rave reviews from those who follow the reserves so hopefully he'll get his chance and prove a canny signing. Always was going to be a no risk signing anyway, he hardly cost the earth, if he doesn't work out no one will really bat an eyelid but if he does break into the full team MON will have pulled off a right cheeky move!



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday April 11 2008
Time: 11:13AM

Comments

0
Salifou interests me in that does it REALLY take an entire season to get match fit?... somehow I think not else the fitness coaches are doing a poor job or the player is being lazy, i think 2-3 months tops to get you upto scratch is fine... Why is he the Togalese Zidane is he a creative flair player? can he do the attacking midfield role better than say Petrov?
shortshadyuk
11/04/2008 11:39:00
0
Togolesse Zidane is a bit of stretch (obvious I know). From what I've seen at the reserve games he can pick a pass and isn't afraid to have a shot (stopped this recently :-(.) he looks comfy on the ball and is strong, don't know if he'd be a step up from Petrov, depends which Petrov turns up I guess!
neilav182
11/04/2008 11:43:00
0
Give the boy a game Mart. Lets see what he's made of. I have reservations based on what I've seen at reserve team level, but I'd be happy to be proved wrong (again).
glensider
11/04/2008 16:04:00
0
Unless he gets a start we'll never really be able to judge his credentials. Brief ten minute appearances here and there aren't going to help the guy.
glensider
15/04/2008 02:34:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Elphick's Superstitions To Continue

New centre half Tommy Elphick has insisted his pre match ritual of attacking the goal posts instead of having a team photo will continue following his move to Aston Villa.

No Sinclair To Celtic - But Crespo Off

It's being reported that Aston Villa have rejected a £2million offer from Celtic for Scott Sinclair, but Jose Angel Crespo wants the 'PAOK' option to bring an end to his time with us.

Petrov To Resume Villa Training

Aston Villa have confirmed that Stiliyan Petrov will join up with the boys for pre season training, and he's been invited by new manager Roberto Di Matteo to join...

Elphick Relishing Promotion Pressure

New signing, and Roberto Di Matteo's first capture from Bournemouth, Tommy Elphick has said he's relishing the pressure of helping Aston Villa return...

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Elphick?
Suggested By: JP Fear
Great, solid signing82%
Ok signing5%
Meh signing13%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Sainz expected to stay with Red Bull stable
Latest Vital Boxing News
Liam Smith Next up for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear365
2.BodyButter153
3.sirdennis152
4.Fulford135
5.JuanPabloAngel112
6.kefkat100
7.DeanoVilla89
8.glensider82
9.Melon Donkey71
10.Silhillvilla70
The Vital Football Members League