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River Plate Return For Angel?

River Plate Return For Angel?

According to the News of the World, River Plate will make a move for Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel in the summer and Villa won't stand in the Columbian international strikers way.

Villa bought Angel from River Plate in a long drawn out transfer when John Gregory was manager for a record fee of £9.5million.

He has scored 44 goals in 175 appearances, 23 of which came in the 2003/04 season.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday February 26 2007
Time: 1:26PM


I like Angel, he always seems to work pretty hard and has a good attitude, but has only ever had one good season and never looked like repeating it. I think if we can get a small fee for him, with Young and Carew now we should let him go. Maybe use the extra wages for a winger or two
26/02/2007 16:18:00
Agree with c+b82. Although Juan Pablo has never hit the heights here at B6 on a consistent, regular basis, I've certainly enjoyed watching him wearing the famous claret and blue, and he's always received my 100% full support. I rate him as a footballer, although I certainly dont believe that we've always played to his strengths, nor do I feel he has received the complete support and backing of a couple of our previous managers. I've liked his attitude both on and off the pitch, and I certainly dont subscribe to calling him a lazy player, a complaint that some have thrown at him. Nothing lasts forever, so perhaps now is the time for JPA to search out pastures new. New, younger faces will presumably be arriving during the summer months, and consequently Juan Pablo will only slip further down the pecking order. I for one dont wish to see him slide into oblivion at Villa Park, so good luck to him for wherever he decides to see out his playing days.
26/02/2007 19:03:00
JPA has always played as a number 9 for villa, he is no number 9 but he is a very good number 10. John Carew is the first decent number 9 since Jpa has been at villa. He deserves a chance of playing with JC. I hope we dont let this gem go too soon. Baros, good bye, hendrie good bye, not yet time to let Jpa go. UTV.
26/02/2007 21:24:00
I think we should try and find a place for him. JPA is skilled enough to do a job-we just need to find the right one for him.
26/02/2007 21:56:00
I thought I'd be in a minority, but I agree with the previous two comments, especially morky.
27/02/2007 04:16:00
I've loved JPA from day one. I saw his first ever game and I remember noticing his excellent heading ability in during that debut. Yes he took a while to settle in and I also remember being ashamed to be a Villa fan when I heard about the way he was treated by the club in those early days when both his wife and child were very ill. But that was then. Things have changed and Angel stuck with it at the Villa through the bad times. I too would love to see him get a chance now that the good times are not too far away. He deserves it. Although at the same time if he felt it was time to move on I would certainly respect that. I wouldn't want to see him play for another English team.
Adam Deuce
27/02/2007 17:29:00
Well put Adam, agree with everything you posted. Remember the goal he scored that put coventry city down, in a crowded area he pulled the ball down with his chest and volleyed home. From that moment it was obvious he had class. Would be great to see him play alongside JC. As you said after the way he was treated, his attitude has been an example to others. Good luck JPA.
27/02/2007 18:46:00
Well said Adam - very sensible comments
27/02/2007 20:14:00
great footballer, ordinary goalscorer
27/02/2007 20:27:00
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