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Villa Boosted by Right-Back-Ish Return

Villa Boosted by Right-Back-Ish Return

Possibly a bit cheeky calling him a right back, but Craig Gardner has won his fitness battle and undoubtedly looks set for full-back against Odense BK.

Gardner, who since the departure of Olof Mellberg must be wondering what midfield looks like these days, had sat out Villa`s disastrous 3-1 defeat at the hands of lowly Lincoln City with an injury to his groin. However Craig, who had a reasonable season last year, has joined up with the whopping 21-man squad, including just 16 players with Premier League experience, one of which has played 4 minutes in the league for Villa (here`s looking at you Rout!)

So, Villa`s squad containing no right back, one left back (youngster backup) and only 1 senior goalkeeper includes:

Taylor(GK), Parish(GK), Bouma, Sidwell, Laursen, Young, Harewood, Carew, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Knight, Salifou, Routledge, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Osbourne, Maloney, Stieber, Albrighton, Baker.



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Writer:Murph
Date:Friday July 18 2008
Time: 11:12AM

Comments

0
well, its better than having a gaping hole at RB... although I'm still tempted to give Routledge a run-out at RB. Maybe I'll give MON a call later to discuss it.
romanianvillain
18/07/2008 11:16:00
0
Could be the making of him. Thers's plenty of others who have moved from midfield into a defensive position and gone on to be top class.
Mister Mick
18/07/2008 11:26:00
0
Hmmm I am not convinced but at least he has some exoperience at RB. I rate Gardner he is a grafter hopefully he wont let us down even out of position. Does anyone look at our current squad and get an uneasy nervous feeling?! We have a long long way to go this summer even if we just want to match last season...
Tez86
18/07/2008 11:31:00
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Hmmm ... I agree that some have moved back and been excellent ... one Kenneth Swain springs to mind but Routledge looks a bit lightweight to me to be a full back. He's your archetypal tricky little winger not a no-holds barred tackler liker Freddie. I’d put NRC back there if Craig Gardener isn’t fit. That’s not ideal either but at least he can tackle.
Silver Fox
18/07/2008 11:32:00
0
Squads looking more than a little bit desperate now. Good experience for the youngsters though at least... Didn't the Rout play RB for Fulham at some point?
Mayo_12
18/07/2008 11:32:00
0
True Mick, Barry did that and made the england team, Southgate too
shortshadyuk
18/07/2008 11:34:00
0
As much as it might help Silver, I don't think a massive build is essential for a full-back, more speed and a half-decent ability to get your foot in. Take old J Lloyd Sam...wait, bad example...I mean Ashley Cole isn't exactly built like a brick s**thouse really is he? Not to mention the Leg-end that was Alan Wright :)
Mayo_12
18/07/2008 11:42:00
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I agree it's not essential but it sure helps. The smaller guys are the exception rather than the rule. I'm not a fan of Ashley Cole but you have to admit he's a good athlete. Maybe I'm being unfair on Routledge but I can see him getting shoved off the ball. Give him a try I guess and see how he gets on. He'd still be better than Bernie Gallagher ... perhaps the worst player ever to pull on a Villa shirt!
Silver Fox
18/07/2008 12:01:00
0
whats a right back?
Stig
18/07/2008 12:11:00
0
Don't think I'm happy about 'giving anything a try' when the game is as important as this one.
johnmurphy3112
18/07/2008 12:15:00
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