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Not The New Lee Hendrie!

Oh God know, we don't need a new Lee Hendrie do we??!!

Martin O'Neill has compared the trickery of new signing Shaun Maloney with that of a 'young Lee Hendrie'. I must have missed that game! :o)

O'Neill said of the former Celtic player: 'He hasn't played much in recent weeks and he's not the tallest in the world, but he'll be fine. Obviously because he's so small, he has to have good control, and I think he's got that. I think he's got a bit of trickery and he'll be an interesting signing.'

'You know the way Lee Hendrie used to play here, coming in off the left hand side? He's like a young Hendrie. He's that type of player, but it will be interesting to see what other people think in a couple of weeks' time.'

Lets hope Maloney is so so so much more than the wasted potential of Lee Hendrie? Lil Lee in spasms showed what a good player he was then he'd just disappear for a month or so. He never built on his England career and rarely built on his Villa one. He'll always remain one of the 'what ifs' in my mind because IF he had produced what he could produce consistently, he'd have been a Villa great. But he didn't and he isn't!

As for Maloney, the signs are good. Reading the comments on the Vital Celtic site, not to mention a few on our message board, it looks like we've signed a cracker.

As Hoops fan pictishjohn said on our message board: 'You got a great deal there!!!! Fast, creative attacking player who loves to run at defenders, scores and creates goals and is a TEAM player. As a Hoops fan, it is sad to see the wee man go but fair play to him - hopefully he will quickly make his mark at Villa and help pull Petrov back up to the true player he is.'

Another told Beefy: 'Along with Larsson, Maloney was the best Celtic player I've seen since Dalglish and I'd even say the best Scottish player since Dalglish. It's a shame that O'Neill left as he bought out the best in him and knew what made him perform. A class, class act'

Sounds good to me!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 6 2007

Time: 4:47PM

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MON loves the word "think," doesn't he...! And whoever made the comment that MON brought out the best in Maloney must be having a joke with you - it wasn't until MON left that Shaun got his chance and he had his one good, injury-free (nearly) season last year under Strachan. Should be interesting to see how he does, I think, I think, I think...
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06/02/2007 16:58:00

Maloney the best scottish footballer since Daglish? Please stop this nonsense, Maloney is a great wee player no doubt about that but he could hardly get a game and was nowhere near the first 11 for Celtic. He was good last season but has done ***** all this season...
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06/02/2007 17:22:00

He nearly got a place in the Glasgow panto of Snow White, though...
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06/02/2007 17:27:00

Its not a difficult decision when a manager of MON class is after you, especially if your manager is a ginger gonk!
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06/02/2007 17:48:00

For now, I'd just like to see him play. we can't make a proper judgement until we see him playing stronger opposition than anything we've seen in his highlights so far. When do we think he will play? Come on a s sub or to start? McCann has a bad foot - how about dropping Petrov back and playing Maloney in an attacking Midfield role? Just a rest for Gav.
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06/02/2007 17:50:00

Surely he should start - given the other teams know little about him, there will be an element of surprise to starting with him. Personally, I think he plays better from the start as he needs a few touches to build up his confidene. Though I'd recommend giving him a good bit of freedom, drifting in from either wing so you'll need someone who can cover his movement well.
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06/02/2007 18:11:00

Hey Sean84, don't ***** on our parade, would be great for us to have a real 'next big thing' as opposed to those that come and go quicker than something that comes and goes really quickly!!!
The Fear
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06/02/2007 18:12:00

Could bring Barry into the centre then, and put Shaun out wide? We could then tout Barry for a Central Midfield role with England, and McClaren can ignore him for that as well.
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06/02/2007 18:18:00

Surely you would have to paint him orange before comparing him to Hendrie??!! Then get him to sh&g OPH's daughter!! allegedly!!
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06/02/2007 18:21:00

Fear - Paddy Ashdown fits your description if you remember the tabloid tales before the 1992 General Election ;)
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06/02/2007 18:34:00

If Marty thinks so much of Lee why not play him?
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06/02/2007 19:01:00

The Fear
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06/02/2007 19:16:00

Let.s hope he'll play for the Reserves against Fulham tomorrow. K.O. 7.00 pm at VP. Free admission for STH's.
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06/02/2007 19:56:00

Sean84 you know Barry Ferguson is the best player in Scotland now, he's pure class. Can't believe we've robbed the Ginger Gonk of he's two best players!
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06/02/2007 20:55:00

MON has not to date made a wong move in the transfer market, Sutton although not everyones favourite played his part before cracking his egg, the signings of Young and Carew have been inspiring in the last two games, Bardsley looks the deal and although he is only a loan player who knows what will happen at the end of the season when he has the choice of playing first team football at Villa or returning to the stiffs at Manyoo, maybe he will want to make his move permanant. Maloney may be the bargain of the transfer window.
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06/02/2007 20:57:00

To be completely honest what has happened is that a squad player with one club has become a squad player with another club. And you really should be thankful Bobo Balde broke his leg...
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06/02/2007 20:58:00

Villa look superb going forward, if mon thinks Maloney will add to that then fine, unfortunate comparison to Lee Hendrie but no point getting wound up about it. UTV. Thanks for you comments Foreverhoop
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06/02/2007 21:01:00

Another Lee thank you!
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06/02/2007 22:02:00

tarzan - your one stupid little ****! Barry Fergusson is crap even the huns wouldn't mind if he left a month ago after the bust up with Polly Gwen. The best player in the SPL is without a doubt Nakamura followed by JVoH. Petrov sure was a good player but MON punted up £8 m and thats not to bad. Maloney is a money grabbing little dwarf but he'll soon find out that even though the EPL is better then the SPL, it doesn't mean that Villa is better then Celtic, and they really aren't either...
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06/02/2007 23:32:00

Welcome aboard Shaun Maloney. You've certainly upset our 'visiting experts' from north of the border by leaving the sub-standard Scottish Premier to chance your arm in the considerably higher standard of THE Premier League. You'll do o.k. Shaun my boy, as long as you can rise above being compared to lil Lee.
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07/02/2007 00:40:00

I get a whiff of a lot of bitter and twisted Smelly Socks?
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07/02/2007 07:55:00

Sorry, forgot about Hendrie (easily done). Never had a problem with his football ability but I could never figure out what was between his ears. To top it all, he's a typical short ar**se, starts the scrap and then scarpers! Nobody ever notice how he got injured or suspended before the games at Small Heath? Either scared or a Nose?
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07/02/2007 08:00:00

What do you see bad on MON´s "Hendrie comparison"? MON mentioned that Shaun was like YOUNG Lee, so when Lee was YOUNG like Shaun is right now, he had a great deal of potential and he was hot prospect for the future. MON said nothing about mental abillities to compare both of them, I think that MON compared their potential and style of play. So let´s hope that Shaun will progress (and fullfill his potential) like Lee had to (what Lee never done).
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07/02/2007 09:35:00

Excellent - tarzan, shall we start a campaign to get Fergusen voted player of the year north of the border? Sean obviously needs a chill pill. Typical sweaty - all show and no substance. Fergusen is head and shoulders above anyone else. One lucky 30 yards goal againsy Man U and Nakamura is suddenly world class. We had a young kid called Hitzlsperger who did it all the time.
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07/02/2007 10:31:00

ryt to start off maloney has been compared to him so that wen every1 does c him they c hes a lot batter than hendrie and every1 thinks it is a brilliant signing. to be fair maloney is a good wee attacking player who will do good for u, but the second he is offerd a penny more from another club he will move. also clvilla u have been on our forum slaughtering the spl but the truth is u prob have nevr seen any game naka has playd in so u wood nt have a clue even if he was a 1 hit wonder. you have had signed good players in maloney and petrov and MON will bring out the best of them.
davie bhoy
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07/02/2007 12:00:00

Hopefully he'll be an answer to our wide right problem, leaving Agbonlahor to fight it out for a starting role as a central striker. Slowly but surely its coming together.
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