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Chelsea Fan's Opinion On Villa's Sidwell Link

Chelsea Fan's Opinion On Villa's Sidwell Link

With Steve Sidwell being linked in a £7million move to Villa, I thought I'd ask you Chelsea guys a few questions.

1) What did he cost Chelsea from Reading and were you surprised that sort of player was brought in?

We got him on a free, his contract was up so we took advantage of the rules to use him to bolster the squad with a view to playing him whilst the Africans were away at the African Cup of Nations!

2) He doesn't seem to have had much of a chance at Chelsea, is that because of his form or just down to competition for places?

He's only started seven times I believe. He wasn't able to push aside the established stars and even when Essien and Mikel were away in Africa, he didn't shine as much as Shaun Wright-Phillips did in a central midfield role.

3) How highly (or low) do you rate Sidwell?

It's hard to say, we've not seen enough of him, I'd say fair to middle as a guide!

4) Would you be sorry to see him go?

Not really, our midfield is overflowing with world class performers!

5) Do you think he'd be a decent addition for Villa, seems a bit on the pricey side to me I must admit?!

£7 million, yes please considering he cost us nowt! However, he's the sort of player Martin O'Neill can work with and get the best out, I think he was a little overawed at Chelsea!

With thanks to Merlin at

And there lies the problem with the link. I have to confess, I don't know a great deal about Sidwell, I remember us trying for him before and him being rated whilst at Reading but (and remember this is just press talk at the moment) £7m for a player who started only 7 times? A player that cost Chelsea nothing? Surely they'd be taking the St Michael and we'd be falling for it?

Would this sort of player take us to the much talked about next level?

It is up to the manager to decide obviously but if we want to break into the top four, we surely need to compete - as much as we can, I realise it isn't as simple doing it as it is saying it - for that level of player?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday May 19 2008
Time: 9:00AM


Well he's a site better than Reo-Grande and would work well in a 3 man MF with Barry and Petrov as long as either Barry or Petrov were given the main defencive responsibility.
Villan Of The North
18/05/2008 21:18:00
what a ***** story. typical arrogant cocky cockerney.. overawed at Chelski! Are you having a laf ..another 'fan' who came out of the woodwork probably from Slough or Reading somewhere like that! I hope Man Utd annihilate you in Moscow. To see the name of your football club engraved on the same trophy as Man Utd, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest would be a travesty for English Football in general as you have no class, no history and have brought your recent success.
19/05/2008 09:18:00
It never hurts to add a bit of gingerness to the middle of the park - the price seems £2m or £3m too much though
19/05/2008 09:19:00
nice to see a crowd pleasing flair signing with this shower of *****....
19/05/2008 09:24:00
To be fair, I think what he is saying is reasonable, he went from Reading with good decent hard working, but hardly world beating players into a team bought with zillions and full of world stars. And although he doesn't have to justify his time spent supporting Chelsea, or need me to defend him, he took his time to answer these for me on this site and he's a Chelsea man through and through. Even likes Villa so that makes him a gent if ever I saw one!!!
The Fear
19/05/2008 09:25:00
I honestly cant see why Sidwell or Ben Haim for that matter thought they were gonna get out of a move to Chelsea other than loadsa cash and a handful of starts. I am not sure this is the kind of player we need, we need players driven by success, not money. And at £7million, what a rip off!!
19/05/2008 09:36:00
Yeah leave Merlin alone Mr Jeff Beck. He is cool. Says a lot of nice things about us. Abramovich Chelsea are like the pantomime villans everyone loves to hate.
19/05/2008 10:36:00
oh and PS, YOUNGJONAH Sidwell went to Chelsea because he was a boyhood fan and it made his dads dreams come true. Not sure he went for the cash.
19/05/2008 10:38:00
When we played Reading away last year Sidwell destroyed us on his own he outplayed Gareth and Stan and without him Reading have been a poor side. I always think of MON as being the Viagra of football management in that he adds 20% to a players performance on that basis S
19/05/2008 10:39:00
Viagra management, love it! As long as the players don't get too stiff after training I suppose.... I'll get me coat.
The Fear
19/05/2008 10:41:00
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