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Villa After 20 Season A Season Man

Villa After 20 Season A Season Man

Martin O'Neill has given his biggest indication yet that he is on the hunt for a true and full bloodied 20 goal a season striker.

Speaking to the Evening Mail whilst praising the spread of goals through the team this season, O'Neill commented quite obviously that he was looking for somebody to stand out amongst the goalscoring pack and with neither Carew or Gabby really known for being larger goalscorers it seems obvious O'Neill will be looking for an addition.

'Generally speaking we have shared the goals around a bit.

'Now, wouldn't it be phenomenal having somebody stand out? Somebody scoring 20-odd league goals a season, especially this year where people like Fernando Torres and Ronaldo have scored a lot of goals.'

It has been over 20 years since Villa last had a player who scored over 20 goals in the league, if my memory is serving the only ones close since have either been Yorke or Saunders but Peter Withe and that beautiful shin was the last one to actually achieve it.

This season so far we've hit 62 goals. Two ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea, and only two less than Arsenal. Carew sits proud on top, with Gabby (9), Barry (8), Laursen (6), Young and Harewood (5).

O'Neill continued: 'Deep down I think that the better statistic to look at is the number of goals we have scored. We are up there with the Arsenals and Liverpools.

'If you are scoring, I don't think you tend to worry too much about it.

'If you aren't, then of course you are on the look-out for somebody who can break the 20-goal mark.

'I think that all top-quality sides have a goalscoring mid-field player and a centre-forward who is getting over 20-a-season in the league.'

The spread of goals is impressive and it's good to see we can hit the net from a variety of sources and aren't just reliant on one man. But the downside to that is when you look at the points that we have lost, the chances that have been wasted that could've gone in had they been taken by a clinical finisher.

A player who can hit 20 plus on their own would be a big part of the jigsaw if we intend on improving further next season.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday April 17 2008
Time: 3:36PM


Good to see us scoring from everywhere means we arent running for the hills when the top scorer is missing from injury... i think we should send out the reserves against Man Utd and liverpool and get them to break ronaldo and torres' legs... where would the pool be without him or gerrard...
17/04/2008 15:39:00
What's a 20 season a season man?
17/04/2008 15:48:00
How many did Angel get that year he got 23 didnt he across all competitions.
17/04/2008 16:05:00
yeah but not 20 goals in the league! Is 20 too much to ask for?
The Usual Suspect
17/04/2008 16:07:00
LMAO nice headline!
17/04/2008 16:19:00
Its going to be a tough one to get a twenty goal a season man, only adebayor torres and Ronaldo have managed this in the league so far. However if we do get this type of player we could easily finish within the top four.
17/04/2008 16:29:00
Yeah but considering we never make Europe anymore and we get knocked out in the 3rd round of the FA Cup every year 23 is not bad going!!
17/04/2008 16:29:00
If we want a 20 (season) goal a season striker than we have to take a gamble on a player like ...diego forlan or adriano because the reality is a striker who guarantees around 20 goals a season wont come to villa!!!! i think adriano would be a good gamble hes out of favour at the mo,hes a bit lazy but his shot is so strong and if hes on song can be unplayable!! so the choice is yours...either bid for strikers we have no chance for or go for a gamble!!!
17/04/2008 16:51:00
Good call DanielMonks i wouldnt mind us going for Adriano although I hear he had a problem at the brazilian club he's loaned out to... he needs a brummie girl to sort him out :-P
17/04/2008 17:20:00
Whats the Vagner Love like?
17/04/2008 18:22:00
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