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Justin Hoyte - Is He The Answer?

In recent weeks Aston Villa have been linked to Arsenal Right Back Justin Hoyte, 23. Speculation over a possible move for the former England Under 21 International has become more credible following Chelsea`s capture of Villa target Jose Bosingwa, who completed his 16.2million move from Porto.

So what do we know about Hoyte?

Hoyte made his league debut for Arsenal in May 2003 as an 89th minute substitute in Arsenal`s 6-1 victory over Southampton. Following early promise the following season he was restricted to appearances in the clubs League Cup campaign.

During the 2004/05 season, Hoyte made four starts. The first of which being at Carrow Road for Arsenals league match against Norwich City, he was a last minute selection following an injury to Pascal Cygan in the pre-game warm up, Justin played as centre back.

Hoyte spent the 2005/06 season on loan at Sunderland, despite interest from Ipswich Town, it was Arsene Wenger`s wish that he spent the season playing Premiership football as part of his development. During that season he made 31 appearances for the Black Cats even scoring a goal in a local derby game against Newcastle United.

Hoyte began the 2006-07 season as Arsenal`s Left back due to injuries to Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole. He reverted to his favoured Right back position following Clichy`s return to fitness, this time he was acting as cover for Emmanuel Eboue. On 2nd January 2007 he became the first Englishman to score for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium when he managed to put the ball past Charlton Athletic`s on loan keeper Scott Carson.

Justin had also been a regular in the England Under 21s making 18 appearances including all four of England`s games at the UEFA Under-21 Championships in 2007.

It was the summer of 2007 that papers started to link Hoyte with a possible move to Villa. With Aaron Hughes joining Fulham, Phil Bardsley returned to Man Utd following his 5 month loan and Villa favourite Mark Delaney forced to retire due to injury, it was obvious that Villa required a new Right back. For reasons unknown the deal was never struck.

Justin is held in high regard by Arsene Wenger but at 23, it would appear he is ready for some first team football. I reckon that Arsenal would value him at about 4million. As well as being able to play Right back, he would be able to provide cover for Bouma and the Centre backs. My suggestion to Martin O`Neill would be to sign a good young Right back and bring in Stephen Carr on a free as cover.

Is Justin Hoyte the answer to all of our problems? He has certainly spent many season`s with the potential tag, but there comes a time in every players career when they have to show what they are capable of, for Justin he seems to have all the attributes that Martin O`Neill likes in his players - young, English and full of potential, but can he do it week in week out in the best league in the world? Thankfully it`s a decision for MON to make and not mine!!






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Writer: Dan Jones  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 19 2008

Time: 10:59AM

Your Comments

I am not entirely sure how I feel about Hoyte, but he has played for an exciting team like Arsenal, I reckon he would be worth a punt.
young_jonah
Difficult one, hopefully the scouts have been watching them all closely though! Seen mixed feelings expressed about him in our forum's right-back thread.
The Fear
He certainly fits the Martin O'Neill spec, but hasnt played regularly since his Sunderland loan. And to be honest I dont remember much of him, be interesting to see what the Sunderland fans made of him.
young_jonah
Fear - it would be great to get an Arsenal fan's perspective on him similar to the one you lined up with Merlin on Sidwell. From what I have read on a couple of Gunners sites and blogs they'd be glad to see the back of him, and they appear to be laughing at the 4.5m price tag. Error prone and not making the grade seem to be the accusations levelled at him from those that have been watching him week in & week out. Also with the prices being quoted for Hoyte and Sidwell they do appear massively on the high side - especially for the Ginge.
YatesyVillain
Yeah i've seen him play a few times and shocking is the answer to his performances. I was very glad the Villa didnt sign him, dunno if MON could get anything better out of him. JLloyd Samuel category, Bolton need to sign this young upstart!
krisvilla
I don't tink he is a bad player at all, as for mistakes that can happen when you only get the odd start and never get a chance to settle in 4.5 million i dont know suppose we could also add Eboue?
Armory
4.5million is what the papers suggest, the reality of it is, if MON makes a move Arsenal will then make a decision on cost, that could be anything from 2-5mil.
young_jonah
he def. needs a good run of games to iron out those little mistakes
fran merida
I`m sure o`neill has seen him play more than a few games and if he signs hoyte then he must be a promising player at the least,people questioned him wen he signed young and now look,Just trust the man.
british84
you can have him plus 10m for GB
fran merida
Its hard to judge him as an Arsenal fan because he has played limited amounts of games for us. He has made mistakes, but i think he would benefit from playing week in week out. The other thing is, when Sagna was injured he played Kolo Toure out of position as right back rather than bring in Hoyte. Is this down to little faith in Hoyte or his trust in Toure? Overall i think him going would benefit all parties. Hoye will get his playing time for a decent team, we will get some cash for a player we dont need (due to sagna and Eboue) and you will get a decent right back who can join up with his Under 21 team mates Gabby & Young
paul_ownz
He is really bad. Believe me. I would rather Eboue over him.
Goofle
For me, Hoyte is the answer....as long as the question is 'which player reminds you of a right-sided verison of J'Loyd Samuel?'
GCR_villlan
Will see what I can do Yatesy
The Fear
Certainly some mixed reactions here, think I'll leave it to the manager decide...! This is like being the Paul Whitehouse character from the fast show. He's ***** 'yes I agree'. He is really good 'yes, that is what I was trying to say'!!!
The Fear
That character is one of my all time faves Fear, the sad part, I know a guy like that. "Bebartov is pants isnt he?", "agreed total pants", "I thought he was good today", "well yeah he was good today". Funny as!!!
young_jonah
The thing that I like about Hoyte is after his name its usually says ... Hoyte Right Back... Got to be better than having the Invisible man playing in that position. MON seems to be able to bring the best out of players, lets go for it.
col8
I'd rather we sold Eboue than let Justin Hoyte go. I'd be gutted to see him leave because he's a born and bred Gooner and we don't have enough of those. With regards to JH31's abilities - he's strong, fast and possesses the sort of technique you expect from an Arsenal graduate. With one season of regular first team football under his belt, he'd be knocking on Capello's door - no doubt about it. Do any of you Villa fans remember when we beat you 0-1 at VP in the 06/07 season? Hoyte played left back and was fantastic that night - totally pocketed both Gabby and Young when they found themselves up against him. I'd rather see the back of Ebouseless.
Lex touched me.
Im speachless :-[
Blitz
His signing wouldn't thrill me, but it has to be said that there are very few quality right full backs out there. He'd certainly be something of a gamble, but aren't the very vast majority of signings? Depends on the fee I think.
glensider
 

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