Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
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.
Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
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