Writer: Mike Field
Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
Well that's the statement made by former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp.
Speaking to AVTV whilst at Villa Park for the Liverpool coverage, Redknapp said that he believes the future is bright at Villa Park and out of the chasing pack for a top spot, we are the best bet to achieve this season.
Redknapp also had a lot of praise for manager Martin O'Neill for the type of squad he was building at Villa Park.
'I like the look of Villa. I think they are improving all the time.
'I like what Martin O'Neill is doing at Villa Park. He's buying predominantly British and also the modern day requires pace and Martin appreciates that. He's got pace in abundance throughout the side.
'If I was a Villa fan, I would be excited. If you look at the teams that are looking to jump into the top four, Villa are the best equipped.'
We all know Everton seen to have started with a mare this season and a bad transfer window. Man City you can assume won't really be challenging this season, especially if they splash the cash in January, it will take time for players to gel. Pompey are in with a shout admittedly but you have to wonder if they can continue their form without suffering a major blip.
That really only leaves Spurs, Redknapp's own club and his own belief is simply:
'Tottenham have a good team on paper but I don't think they've got the togetherness that Villa have.'
Redknapp has been to Villa Park a number of times as both a player and a pundit and he's been impressed with what he has seen from our stadium.
'Myself and Andy Gray sit in the box before each Sky game and we look out on the Villa Park pitch and I've got to say it's a magnificent stadium and a wonderful pitch. It's got that tradition and hasn't lost its identity.
'I like the side Martin has assembled here too. I am impressed with the latest signing James Milner - he's a young, hungry lad.
'John Carew has done a really good job and Ashley Young has impressed me immensely playing on the left wing with his pace.
'Gabby Agbonlahor has started the season on fire too with his hat-trick at Manchester City and the main thing if you're a claret and blue fan is that Villa have match winners in the side.
'Gareth Barry has been the subject of a lot of speculation this season and I think it's a big thing that he's staying at Villa. I have played against him a few times and what came across was his fantastic attitude. I think he is a massive influence on the side.'
So that's that then, for a bloke that can pull Louise he certainly knows what he's on about.
Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
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