Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
A 'Sir MON' from The Mount
Hello Vital Villains,
This post can be deemed as a bit of fun, with all the transfer activity going on and the tedious courting of Barry, I thought it would be a pleasant change!
Whilst spending the weekend with my Villa-enthused family we started discussing an article in a certain red-top.
This was about the fact that we can now field an all English 11 with a few English subs to top it off. Although the chances of it happening during a premier league game this season would be slim (and would mean we'd have to be plagued with a few injuries for it to occur) it would still be possible. please note that even though we could play this as a 4-4-2, I have opted for a 3-5-2 as this would consign Zat Knight to the bench, which I'm sure you would all agree, is for the best.
Stuart Taylor, Nicky Shorey, Luke Young, Curtis Davies, Gareth Barry, Steve Sidwell, Nigel Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Craig Gardener, Gabby Agbonlahor, Marlon Harewood. Subs - Zat Knight, Wayne Routledge, Isaiah Osbourne.
Now I know that this is common news to the majority of Villa fans, but this was only the warm up to the actual point. The fact that Martin O'Neill has broken the premiership trend of flooding a squad with foreigners has given us a certain kudos amongst the elite, along with the Acorns promotion (this is not a sponsorship!), it has earnt us a respect with football fans across the country and also the media. If there was a survey into which other club a fan respected the most, Villa would probably pip it.
Now some would think this next bit is a bit of a stretch, but there is a valid point within it.
A few years ago, Alex Ferguson was knighted for 'services rendered to English football', by winning alot of trophies with a squad containing young English players - Beckham, Scholes, The Neville Bros etc. Now I know that Villa are yet to pick up any silver wear under MON, but surely the fact that he is setting a precedent with this squad should count, he is putting the 'English back into the 'English premiership'. The premiership is made up of roughly 60+% of foreign players, where by contrast Serie A has about 60+% of players who qualify for the National Squad. If there is ever a cap on the amount of foreign players allowed, Villa would be in a mighty position.
I think that woman who lives in London (you know who I mean, the one with the shiny hat) should maybe think about putting MON on her 'to be knighted' list as, unless I'm mistaken, MON's exploits constitute 'services rendered to English football'.
So, will the team have to refer to MON as 'Sir' in January? or is this just the ramblings of someone who is bored at work?
At the very least, Fabio Capello must be saving a lot of money in petrol as he only needs to visit Villa park to watch half of his potential squad.
Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
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