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Villa Team Changes Possible v Portsmouth

Martin O'Neill has hinted that former Rangers star Carlos Cuellar and ex Newcastle winger James Milner's times may have come as he looks forward to next Saturday's important Premiership game against Portsmouth.

With both Milner and Cuellar coming on as subs in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea, it seems they might well have forced their way into contention with the Villa boss saying:

'My thinking has not changed. I`ve made my views clear on the two lads, I think they are excellent, they are great acquisitions and it was difficult to change a winning side before. They appreciated that. James and Carlos are quality players.'

And on the Pompey game he added, 'I hope that frigging bell ringer doesn't come as I'd like to stick that bell where the sun don't shine'.... on no, hang on, that is me, MON said:

'Portsmouth is absolutely vital. It is a really, really big game. They have won a couple themselves and will be feeling a lot better than they did at the start of the season. Now they have a bit of momentum going. They can score goals, they are strong and I think it will be a great game. They did brilliantly last season by winning the FA Cup. Harry has done a fantastic job.'

And warning, 'Crouch and Defoe are really good players. I think they`ve proved that before - Crouch with Villa and Liverpool.' Hmmm, makes you wonder, being good players and all, why they aren't possibly lining up IN the claret and blue, Defoe I think might have been the difference between 4th and 6th last season. Then again, what do I know (please don't answer that, I have a very fragile ego!)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 11 2008

Time: 2:42PM

Your Comments

your possibly right about crouch/defoe making the diffeence between 4th/6th - however I doubt it. Although the pair are fantastic, your own pairing of agbonlahor and carew arn't exactly bad, particualy with ashley young suppling them... in fact, your front three or ours... I wouldnt like to choose between them!
pompeycarpet
I personally would go Carew, Defoe and Young as the perfect strike force, all three are very different but the thing is they would compliment each other, Young as the provider, Carew the power to hold the play and Defoe as the predator. Those three would get 40 goals a season for any team.
col8
Yup, Defoe will always be the one who got away in my opinion...Carew and Defoe would've been devastating. Still, MON must've had his reasons.
olafthegreat
it will be interesting to see if Cuellar and milner get into the team, i would like to see them given a go, even if it just to see how they go. I think it would be a little harsh on NRC or curtis davies if they were dropped though, davies has been one of our best players so far this season and NRC has been good too. on NRC, i think his defensive qualities are as good as anyones in the premier league. he is so strong in the tackle and i think we would miss it.
liamo1981
On NRC, i think MO'N plays him so we are a little narrow in the midfield and better defensively as a result. But because of this Young has basically been our only creative force going forward and because of this we have sometimes struggled to break teams down in open play, especially when we play at home when teams come to villa park and sit back and defend and try to mark young out of the game. so i think milner will start to get more of a run, especially when we play at home, which will give us more options going forward so young dosn't have to get all of the attention. now that we have a few more options, MO'N will probably start to change our team up a little based on who we are playing against and where we are playing as the top 4 have been doing for years. its good to see, but we may struggle to adapt a bit at the start hopefully we don't and just hammer Pompy
liamo1981
What he means is, nothing is going to change, but he wants everyone to think that he's thought about it.
Worst propaganda, ever!
murph
'm excited about Milner getting a run for a few games and giving us some more flair and pace down the flanks - he was awesome for Newcastle and got man of the match in has last game for them before his transfer. Once he gets into the swing of things he could be another decent provider to Carew and Gabby. AVFC4ME
AVFC4ME
The difference is that a lot of players at Pompey want to play for Harry. It's our luck we have Harry & the chairman, for now, pays the wages. Otherwise we would buggered. A lot of respect for Villa & we wish you well for the season, after the match of course.
storagematt
We've got a decent looking squad at long last (not perfect but very definitely getting there), so why not use it? Both Milner and Cuellat must surely be chomping at the bit for an opportunity, lets let them loose.
glensider
Like mamy other Villans, I too would have loved to see Defoe at Villa Park. He would have been an ideal signing, and certainly would have complemented our current strike force.
glensider
 

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