Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa's Hughes & Angel Praised

Villa's Hughes & Angel Praised

Martin O'Neill has praised Juan Pablo Angel and Aaron Hughes for remaining professional whilst being dropped from the team.

In some ways I really agree, in others I can't help but think that Angel is on around £40 000 a week and Hughes must be on £15 000 or so I'd have thought? Now, if someone wants to employ me and not use me, I promise never to moan and always to be tip top in my behaviour. Hey, I'll even take a pay cut and take just £5000 a week.

The Villa boss said of the Columbian striker: 'It's a long season and he started it and did very well. The system seemed to suit him with Luke Moore and Gabriel Agbonlahor on either side and we scored a few goals. But it's hard to keep that momentum going. He looked a bit tired recently. Confidence is crucial with strikers, but I have to say he's been absolutely terrific around the club - he comes in and wants to do his training and he's never moaned for one moment about anything at all. I've had absolutely not a minute's concern with him and he knows that between now and the end of the season, I'm sure he'll get back in the fold and I'm sure he's got the mentality and ability to fight back.'

Adding: 'In fairness to him, there was a period of time when he didn't have a great deal of help either. Competition for places never does anyone any harm - I don't care what people say about it - it's good. When you've got two months of the same team - where it's picking itself and struggling to fill the bench - I'm telling you, it's really good to have competition for places. It's a fantastic array of options up front - now we could do with trying to stop them at the other end! We have to try to get it right at both ends.'

And on Aaron Hughes, who was linked to a move back to Newcastle United during the transfer window, O'Neill said:

'What has happened is we started off in August and the side, after a week or two, was effectively picking itself. We didn't have many choices and, during the last two months when we were running out of steam, we were at our weakest and even filling the substitutes' bench was a problem. Now we've added a couple of players in January and those players with longer-term injuries like Martin Laursen and Luke Moore are coming back. We have had a cleaner bill of health than for a long time and there is competition for places which is no bad thing to have.'

'But Aaron Hughes' attitude has been fantastic. That fantastic attitude has stood him in good stead throughout his career, never mind anything else. Nothing fazes him. We had words in the sense of he would like to play a bit better than recently. At the start of the season, I thought Aaron was terrific, but it's a long, long season for any player to keep a consistency going. But those are the things you are looking for, if you are going to try and improve.'

Meanwhile some reports are linking Juan Pablo Angel to a summer move to Deportivo La Coruna. It would probably make sense for the player to seek a fresh challenge for next season, he is falling too far down the pecking order to remain happy not even making the bench surely?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday February 17 2007
Time: 10:58AM


For the amount they get paid they should be professional!
17/02/2007 19:56:00
Wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see both players move on this summer. Neither will be happy with limited first team appearances next season, and with more new faces likely to arrive in the summer, both will be pushed further and further into the background. Hughes has his international career to think of, while JPA could well be interested in obtaining a two or three year deal somewhere, as it seems unlikely he'll earn himself a new Villa Park deal.
18/02/2007 01:26:00
yeah but who else will go berger samuel hendrie DJDJ delaney angel hughes and and few others, Martin will be busy in the summer transfer window
18/02/2007 14:09:00
Both JPA and Aaron Hughes out on loan somewhere until seasons end? Both will no doubt be in demand from Championship clubs.
01/03/2007 14:15:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (549)

If they were to win again, I will be totally thunderstruck.

Agbonlahor - Still Unfit To Work & Still They Pander To Him

Baffling, chance number 30001 for Gabby Agbonlahor...

Match Day Officials v Fulham (22/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Fulham this Saturday.

A Call To The 12th Man? 1/2 Season Tickets On Sale

Information on half season tickets to see Steve Bruce shoot us up into the promotion chase!

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Fulham will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 13 9 1 3 28 16
2 Norwich 13 8 3 2 27 8
3 Brighton 13 7 4 2 25 8
4 Huddersfield 13 8 1 4 25 3
5 Birmingham 13 6 5 2 23 5
6 Sheff Wed 13 6 3 4 21 0
7 Bristol City 13 6 2 5 20 5
8 Brentford 13 5 4 4 19 7
9 Q.P.R. 13 5 4 4 19 -2
10 Reading 13 5 4 4 19 -4
11 Fulham 13 4 6 3 18 -1
12 Ipswich 13 4 5 4 17 1
13 Preston 13 5 2 6 17 0
14 Leeds Utd 13 5 2 6 17 -2
15 Barnsley 13 5 1 7 16 1
16 Wolves 13 4 4 5 16 0
17 Forest 13 4 3 6 15 -2
18 Aston Villa 13 2 8 3 14 -1
19 Burton 13 3 5 5 14 -2
20 Derby County 13 3 5 5 14 -3
21 Blackburn 13 3 3 7 12 -7
22 Cardiff 13 3 3 7 12 -10
23 Wigan 13 2 5 6 11 -2
24 Rotherham 13 1 3 9 6 -18
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Life will move on for Hamilton
Latest Vital Boxing News
It’s Parker v Ruiz Jnr for the WBO Title
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear458
7.Stephen Jay Hawkings131
Vital Football Comment