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'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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 3 2008

Time: 5:02PM

Your Comments

Finally someone sees things clearly outside of the midlands...I like Jamie, always thought he speaks sense on SS...proved even more now
I like Louise
Villan Of The North
talks sense even faster than john barnes
Yeah and you can understand him. John Barnes (although being an excellent player) is officially the worst pundit ever (and manager while I'm at it .)
Haha, John Barnes...that guy really wasn't made for presenting. always liked that Redknapp fellow though, talks a lot of sense :)
total B*****! but good luck trying. IMO Spurs have more quality than any team outside the top4 but i will admit we lack balance
i love my mommy
I always liked Jamie, but I do think he underestimated Man City greatly. I am a Spurs fan and I know I will be bias but Spurs do have a good team and with Sulkatov gone, we might have that togetherness Jamie was on about as we wouldn't rely on our 'superstar'
A good first 11 but IMO your main problem is a lack of strength in depth (particularly in attack) a few key injuries and you could struggle badly, although that could be said about any team I believe it's more applicable to Villa then most. Having said that if you can keep the likes of Young, Barry, Laursen, Carew and Freidel fit all season you'll probably finish top 6
I really like the fella - I have always fancied his bird and growing up thought I would love to be him - go hand a transfer request in, move to the Villa and go home and sh*g Louise!!! Also liked how they put both Laursen and Young in his team of 07/08!!
Spurs have as much quality as Villa only a fool would say otherwise. on paper Spurs are the best of the rest but things dont work like that. to break the top 4 I pesonally think Man City are best Equipped, but hey this is football anything can happen
spurs have more quality than any team outside the top4 but as has been suggested that doesnt always get you where you want to go, the key is to have quality mixed together with steel and work horses. I like villas squad aswell but they do lack depth, but in my opinion spurs have quality in abundance and in depth but the key thing spurs lack are true work horses and a proper hardman, if this is looked at then i think the sky is the limit for spurs.
I've posted earlier today that there are only three truely big clubs outside the top4 and this is measured in major trophy wins, and those teams are Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton. In fact these 3 clubs have more major trophy wins than Chelsea, FACT!
Makes a very welcome change to hear this from one of Sky's pundits. Let's hope we can "walk-the-walk" after this. The eight teams that we must collect more points from are LPool, Arsenal, Chelsea, ManU, Everton, Spurs and Pompey. We shortly play the same fixtures again. Last season, we collected only 4 points from the same, respective home or away fixtures (away draws against Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Spurs and no points against the others which were all at home!) 12 points from these 8 “A” fixtures by the time we have played Arsenal at home on Boxing Day, together with 7 wins from the other 11 “B” fixtures will give us 33 points and will almost certainly put us in a 5th, 4th or better half-way position. Who thinks this is achievable?
Jamie talks lots of sense, not something spurs fans do on our site very often!
welshyido - can I suggest that you bore the Spurs fans with your words of wisdom - we're not particularly interested in hearing from the fans clubs who considtently sell their best player leaving them with rubbish.
leaving them with rubbish????, what rubbish like bentley who villa tried to sign? or dos santos who could of gone to man u or chavski or inter....have alook at our 1st squad before u start waffling a whole load os *****e, villacross! line up our summer signings next to yours, and you will see the vast difference in quality
Bentleys overrated mate
I've got to say I think Villa have a top squad of players and your midfield in particular is looking very strong (and all Brits too impressive) I think you will do better than Spurs this season, you have had less change in personnel (7 changes for us), you still have the same forwards that scored a glut of goals for you last season (we don't), young hung onto your most influencial player (we didnt). Most important thing teams like you, us (spurs) city and everton need to do is get results against the big 4, that should bring the whole league closer together. Good luck to you though, you play some decent attacking football (which is odd for Oneill) and you have some quality players.
p.s. should be a good match next saturday, probably a 2-2 or something like that
Turn up next Saturday and all you'll be watching is grass grow!! The match is on Monday night mate....nice to hear off the hardcore, regular spuds supporters..isn't it??
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.
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?
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.
Better on Paper? I don't read the paper...I watch the footie and the tables. They speak a lot louder for some reason!
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
State the obvious Jamie.
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.
Very intersting read, he (Jamie Redknapp) has made some very well thought out observations. Top Man.
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.
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.

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