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A Class Act Leaving Villa Soon?

A Class Act Leaving Villa Soon?

A Class Act leaving soon ?

As he showed against Spurs Gareth Barry remains the one consistent class act in the Villa side.

Yes I appreciate Davies is nearly a legend according to some and young Ashley has been consistently good and deserving of an England call up, but our Gareth remains the one regular England International in the side and is generally far above the rest.

So why should it be contemplated that he should leave for pastures new come January or July. Randy did a superb job in keeping him at Villa I'm sure the General was most impressed with his tactical acumen, and after the Liverpool game was out of the way, Barry has taken superbly to his new role in the team.

Yes I appreciate some wish him to leave still, for having the temerity to want to better himself by joining a club with Champions League qualification, but I assure you we wouldn't even be in the mix for a top spot this early in the season without his input no matter how well Davies plays.

So what comes next for our best player, is it possible to retain his magic in midfield, or are the Legend builders (well some of them) correct in the assumption Sidwell will does his job well enough. He won't now or ever, he's not the talent, he's not a replacement.

Marts biggest test, one thankfully not needed, was to find an equivalent replacement. Don't believe me, re read his statement after he first thought Barry was staying. He wouldn't have, he really wouldn't.

So will he in January, will he in the summer window. I'd doubt it, because unless Villa gain a CL qualification and with our present squad we won't, no one of that quality will join, they'll be off to Man City or one of the top 4.

Hang on. What did I just say. By now most are writing their insults and have stopped reading so its worth reiterating, with our present squad its going to be an almighty freak run of events for us to gain a top 5 place and that's what's needed.

Bit like last year really when we finished 6th with the squad we had then.

Makes me think that maybe with some careful and large expenditure come January it might be on. Daft isn't it ?

Well no its not. One of the main reasons O'Neill will not ever take us to being a top 4 side is the simple fact potential Legends like Davies, Ashley, Gabby, will be off just as quick as Barry nearly was if we don't offer them more than a PL game every week. Top class players want top class football, and big games every week in which they know their team will do well.

The old maxim success breeds success holds very true in this situation, the better Villa do the greater the need for better players, bigger fees, bigger salaries, better league positions.

Maybe if Mart can achieve a decent league finish, the rest is immaterial and just a use of resources, nice that a Wembley appearance would be, and show in January he means serious business Barry and the rest might just be Villa players next season too.

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Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
Time: 7:20PM


Sort of on topic - How do you guys rate Davies? From what I've seen since he made the short distance down the road he looks to be getting better and better and I often hear high praise from some of you Claret & Blue.
Alex Humpage
17/09/2008 19:36:00
I think if he leaves he'll flop. No club wiil appreciate him more than villa. No other fans will either. The grass is always greener on the other side but if we double his wages he might just realise that it isnt. He aint getting any younger though so maybe he needs to get the CL out of his system and then make a dramatic return when it doesnt work out! Id welcome him back all day long
17/09/2008 19:41:00
Alex - Davies looks like a younger Rio Ferdinand. He had a shocking debut, but apart from that, he has been nothing short of excellent. He's got height, pace, strength, composure, good in the tackle and marking. Just needs to work on his distribution sometimes, he's the next England centre half and will win a few caps.
17/09/2008 19:42:00
He won't go to Man City, Arsenal won't pay the cash, Man U have players like him, Chelsea can buy better, Liverpool have Mascarono, Alonso and Lucas who are all showing great form so on a case of him leaving it may be will anyone want him ? Saying that if he doesn't sign a contract will MON accept a cut price bid next summer ? I don't think he will and I don't think Barry will go and whine to the papers again especially as the World cup starts in 2010 and I reckon he would trade in a Champs League chance for a guarentee of playing in the World Cup.
17/09/2008 19:47:00
I agree. Davies is defo a future england full back. He's got everything but experience but at the rate he's improving it wont be an issue. There was me thinking carlos was the better option. Davies all the way.
17/09/2008 19:48:00
Why can't we achieve a top 5 finish? Our squad now is much stronger than last season, and with the addition of just a striker and a cover right back in January we'll have no discernable weakness in depth, to go with the quality we already have.
17/09/2008 20:00:00
when thinking about the top 5, you should think "who are your main rivals?" - obviously spurs, probably everton, and pompey, possibly west ham, newcastle and sunderland. Then look at spur's start to the season - already 6 points behind! Evrton's squad looks much weaker than before, and they no-longer have "fortress goodison" (not after we visited anyway...). My personal feeling, is that pompey NEED to get into europe next year, to keep our best players (mainly diara...) - however I think that your team is better than ours, more settled than ours, and (up untill two games ago - but now i'm not sure) more likely to get the results you need. can you finish 5th? Icertainly wouldnt rule it out... and personaly, I think you are most likely to do so of any club (depending on man cities spending in january)
17/09/2008 21:14:00
p.s. Glen Johnson has EVERYTHING as an england full back, and quite frankly, why cappelo insists on playing an average centre back in right back when you have one of the best (he was the top right back in the actim stats last year!) fullbacks in the league at your disposal... still...
17/09/2008 21:19:00
pompey carpet are you having a **** laugh, glen johnson is ****, he looks good because he playing along side judas and kaboul, bloody lennon could look that good playing alongside them two liabilities. im sorry villa, but i don't think you can finish 5th, with mancity having unlimited cash, and i can honestly see wigan pushing the top lot, that zaki guy is quality. use will finish 6/7 man city will be the team to break the top 4 lol
17/09/2008 21:37:00
I,d sell him and Harewood in the window and use the money and add 10mil to try and bring a top striker in, we ain't short of midfielders that's for sure if we had top striker on against spuds we would have had five! UpTheVilla
chris the villan
17/09/2008 21:51:00
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