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Wayne Routledge On His Massive Season Ahead

Wayne Routledge On His Massive Season Ahead

Wayne Routledge, who scored for Villa in their pre-season friendly against FC Wil 1900 the other night, says he is looking to make an impact this season at Villa Park in order to earn himself a new contract.

Following on from comments by his former Chairman, Simon 'the tanned big mouth' Jordan at Crystal Palace who claimed the wingers career had gone downhill since he moved to Spurs and subsequently Villa, the 23-year-old says he is happy with his move and that he is at a big club and has much to do to prove himself.

'This is a massive season for me, and the team. I have got a lot to prove. While the team finished sixth last year, we feel we can do better so hopefully we can push on. I’ve got one year left on my contract. I am looking to play and hopefully get myself a new contract here because I want to crack on with my career. I would not have come here if I didn’t think I could get involved in the team.'

Adding, 'I aim to prove I am good enough to play for the team and to try and improve the team. I feel I can do that. I feel I am part of the set-up here. It helps knowing a few of the boys from England under-21s and I also knew Zat Knight and Nigel Reo-Coker from a while back. That has helped me settle in and now I want to push on.'

Looking forward to seeing Routledge fully up to speed and bombing down the wings, I'm sure Martin O'Neill and the coaches here can get the best of him, could prove a very worthwhile million pound investment!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday July 12 2008
Time: 2:52PM


Well, the boy has speed & trickery. Young on the left and WR on the right does make one rub his hands in anticipation. It was hard at times for him when he joined at the back end of the season as MON already had ideas of how he wanted the team to play with the team he had from the start of the year. Wayne now has the chance get the ball rolling from the start of the campaign, and I really, really think this kid is quality. He just needs a chance and GAMES! Pre-season shouldnt benefit anyone more than the boy from South London! Good luck Wayne!
12/07/2008 15:17:00
Wayne was really unlucky with injuries at spurs and I think he felt unwanted at spurs in the last 12 mths at the club which badly affected his performance. in his pre-seasons at spurs he looked really sharp even impressing at RB which could even be a surprising option for you guys next season, especially if you retain the 433 formation he would offer great pace and natural width on the right..
12/07/2008 15:54:00
Dunno bout playin right back in any formation. A FAT ZERO for any defensive ability, but certainly very good in an offensive minded team. He's got good delivery aswell!
12/07/2008 15:59:00
Look at this.. Check the link.Bags the winner against leicester in fa cup game season before last! Good individual ability from the lad! More of this PLEASE!!!
12/07/2008 16:18:00
I remeber seeing him play for palace, a very promising young player. MON will give him a chance, no question, just hope he can recognise the opportunity and most importantly, take it.
12/07/2008 19:05:00
He looks like he means business from that photo (perhaps he's trying to compete with Gardner the axe murderer) but might be too late for him to make a decent career. Spuz played him at RB no wonder that their defence is so shocking.
12/07/2008 21:01:00
Although I quite like the bloke, I want to see him on the bench as back-up for Bentley!!
14/07/2008 09:37:00
It is a big season ahead for Wayne, and hopefully he'll come up to the plate and stake a claim for a first team starting role. Few would deny that he has the natural ability, but of course it takes a lot more than merely having the ball skills. Good luck to him. He should certainly get the opportunities, particularly if we enjoy extended runs in the UEFA Cup and the domestic trophies.
14/07/2008 19:26:00
Bet he'll want to prove a certain Mr Simon Jordan wrong too.
14/07/2008 19:26:00
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