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Villa Youngsters Join Tour Squad

Villa Youngsters Join Tour Squad

With squad numbers at what must be near to an all time low, Martin O`Neill has drafted in 6 young players into his pre-season Swiss tour squad.

Villa currently have one first team goalkeeper, and no right-back, even make-shift ones are hard to come by, and O`Neill, ahead of his 'significant additions` will rely on youth / give the youngsters a chance (delete, depending on how you see it) as Villa jet off to the Euro 2008 host nation of Switzerland.

The 'Young Lions` called up to the squad include a second goalkeeper, as only Stuart Taylor remains from the 3 senior stoppers that the club started the 2007/08 season with. First team squad trainee Nathan Delfouneso is joined by fellow academy stars am Williams, Marc Albrighton, Elliott Parish, Nathan Baker and Zoltan Stieber.

Villa face FC Wil 1900 (Moustapha Salifou`s old club) on Thursday, before facing FC Zurich two days later.

Villans on Tour: Taylor, Laursen, Knight, Davies, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Young, Agbonlahor, Carew, Harewood, Salifou, Routledge, Osbourne, Maloney, Delfouneso, Williams, Albrighton, Parish, Baker, Stieber.

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Writer:Murph
Date:Tuesday July 8 2008
Time: 10:06AM

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As that picture suggests, Stuart Taylor may well be right to feel somewhat baffled at such a squad.
murph
08/07/2008 10:11:00
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a 21 man - and boy - party. As a matter of interest, who is the other keeper? Surprised that Clarke is not included - is he away with an England team? Also Forrester and Bannan. Would have thought they would be there too instead of some of the others who I have not heard of.
Gordonsleftboot
08/07/2008 10:15:00
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shocked that bannan an especially forrester are not flying out, has MOn done his scouting within his own club yet? I was looking forward to hearing of forrester getting a hat trick from midfield
shortshadyuk
08/07/2008 10:23:00
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There is nothing like getting a team prepared for preseason, and this is nothing like being prepared.
BKKVILLA
08/07/2008 10:23:00
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Stiebler & Williams are older than the others that were mentioned. Bannan & Forrester are still like 16/17. Parish is the goalkeeper, seen him a few time and he looks well frankly rubbish. Albrighton & Baker I'm not sure about Baker was good from what I saw of him, Albrighton is a hug the line right winger, that's about all I know.
neilav182
08/07/2008 10:27:00
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Has MON gone on tour, or is he staying at home to tie up 'numerous' transfer dealings?
krfeskivilla
08/07/2008 10:35:00
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15 first team (excluding Davies and including Bouma) players is scary.
son_of_cher
08/07/2008 10:36:00
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SOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mister Mick
08/07/2008 10:40:00
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You win nothing with kids... no I really mean it we'll win nothing! Lets hope we stay injury free at least until we replace the players we have (and will) lose this year.
Hoss The Villain
08/07/2008 10:47:00
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i think the young players that are involved are from positions where we don't have anyone, bannan isn't involved because he is a left or attacking midfielder when we already have a few in the squad, and steiber is a bit older and has that bit of experiance that bannan doesn't have
liamo1981
08/07/2008 11:29:00
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