Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday May 19 2008
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 www.chelsea.vitalfootball.co.uk
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?
Date:Monday May 19 2008
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