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Cuellar Edges Closer

Carlos Cuellar can't wait for his full first team debut and after recovering from injury he's been very impressive in reserve outings.

The Spanish centre half is feeling fine after 180 minutes of reserve action and feels he is close to giving Martin O'Neill a defensive selection headache.

Speaking on the official site, the summer signing said:

'I am very happy because I am able to play now after recovering from the injury. I feel better and everything is looking good.

'It's been fantastic to get two wins in my two reserve games. And I'm obviously delighted that I'm fit and that I did well. I didn't feel any problems.

'I am getting closer to being available to the manager. Every day in training, I feel better and everything is moving in the right direction.

'I feel great and I'm looking forward to the competition with Martin, Curtis and Zat for a first team spot.'

Cuellar doesn't just want to challenge for a first team place, he's looking forward to the atmosphere of a competative Premiership fixture.

'Villa Park is a really great ground and the atmosphere, even in the reserve game, was fantastic.

'I am looking forward to walking out for a first team match to see what that is like when it's full.'

If Cuellar performs as well as his reputation and price tag suggests and as well as we've seen from the reserves, I certainly think he'll taste a full on Villa Park atmosphere sooner rather than later.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 10 2008

Time: 3:27PM

Your Comments

I think he'll blow curtis and zat out the water. He's got a point to prove, both to spain and MON. Just hope he can adjust to the pace quickly. He's not in the mickey mouse league now
medzy
Looking forward to seeing Cuellar in action...a scary no-nonsense centre half. He'll make mincemeat of pretty-boy Ronaldo!
pongogidman
Id like to see him player in a sweeper role - back 5 as follows : Shorey, Davis, Cuellar, Laursen, Luke. Midfield: Ashley, Barry, Petrov, Milner. And then Carew on his own upfront 1st half, with Gabby coming on to replace him second half andd use his pace when the other team are knackered.... imagine the supply from the wing backs if the didnt need to track back so much and the support to ashley and milner. I really think both Carew and Gabby would reap the rewards
tvrwhitey
Medzy....hope you are right cos he would have to go some to blow Curtis out of the water as I reckon he is on the way to becoming really really top class and I hope he is at VP for many a year to come.
fatloser
I agree with that fatloser...Davies is turning into a brilliant centre half and I'd say it's more likely Cuellar will replace Laursen before he replaces Davies!
Villa4Europe
Im not doubting curtis's ability, he's going to be the next rio. I just think carlos has the experience we're going to need in europe but i could be wrong. Until i see him play a top game for us im unsure
medzy
No way will he blow Curtis Davies out of the water medzy. That will not happen. Have you been watching the very same Curtis Davies as the rest of us?
glensider
You know, I think we all might be getting a little carried away here. I saw Carlos in action for the very first time the other evening, against Tottenham, in the reserve game at Villa Park. While he was adequate, didn't make any errors that I can recall, handled pretty much everything thrown his way, you could hardly describe his performance as 'very impressive'. He was far from our top performer, and while I'm certainly not knocking him, or having a dig, I hope that he's not being built up into this colossus of a central defender that will take VP and the premiership by storm. That will be very unfair on the player himself. Lets just take five here, and cut back on the superlatives until he's played a few games.
glensider
I think Curtis Davies is our most exciting prospect. He looks class and composed. He reads the game so well considering he's so young. Cueller will have to put in some performance to hold a first team place down. I have a feeling we might see Cueller and Davies side by side in the Uefa next week with old Lionheart Laursen given a rest.
PBAVFC
I saw carlos for gers last year and he was an absolute rock for them, hence my earlier comments. Without doubt curtis is a quality young prospect, but i just feel carlos is ahead of him experience-wise, UEFA cup final and wot-not. I feel we need that kind of experience. Curtis has certainly come on since the "pub player" performance against the foxes which i had the joy of seeing.
medzy
 

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