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'Top Four, Villa Are The Best Equipped'

'Top Four, Villa Are The Best Equipped'

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.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
Time: 5:02PM


Well we've certainly got the best manager at the helm, out of those clubs who can seriously be classed as top four contenders, so we have to have a decent chance. Lot of competition though.
28/09/2008 08:07:00
He makes a very sensible comment about the Tottenham lot. Good to see he doesn't fall into the Tottenham love fest that the majority of the media seem to.
08/09/2008 22:26:00
Very intersting read, he (Jamie Redknapp) has made some very well thought out observations. Top Man.
08/09/2008 22:24:00
wow. spurs fan fest in here! spurs have some great players i must admit, but i would not swap their squad for villa's. i used to think they had the best attackers in the league but now they have sold two fantastic players. last season i thought they would finish above us but not this season.
04/09/2008 23:29:00
State the obvious Jamie.
04/09/2008 12:44:00
agree on paper we have some excitin playerS but at end of the day villa are well organised, strong, team spirts play to there strenghts an have a great manager in mon
04/09/2008 00:37:00
Better on Paper? I don't read the paper...I watch the footie and the tables. They speak a lot louder for some reason!
04/09/2008 00:21:00
Why have a pop at the spuds fans who are speaking a bit of sense? There isn't much difference between us. Spuds have some cracking players and play some lovely football but will they gell? MON moulds a team of excellent, good and average players who compliment each other. With Man City presumably surpassing Chelski soon, we should be sticking together with the likes of Spuds who are trying to break into the top 4.
03/09/2008 23:30:00
TheQ you knew what I meant, so stop being so fecking pedantic, not sure why I bother sometimes, try to make an objective post and some goon quibbles over the fricking correct match day *sighs* maybe I should do like the other fans do, ok back to mindless chest thumping then "were better than you, were bigger than you, my penis is bigger than yours blah blah blah *snoores* is that more to your taste TheQ?
03/09/2008 22:33:00
There shouldn't really be any argument from Villa fans that we are better than them on paper. But like I always say, the game ain't played on paper. You play terrific flowing football and you've got a great manager.
03/09/2008 21:48:00
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