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Luke Moore, Not A Forgotten Villan

Luke Moore, Not A Forgotten Villan

Martin O'Neill has told Luke Moore that he hasn't been forgotten.

Moore, who is back to scoring ways in the reserves following his return from his shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, is still very much in the managers plans.

O'Neill told the official site: 'You can't discount his goalscoring efforts for the reserves and some goals have been very good. So he's getting there. Now it's just a case of breaking into the team. I think just the fitness element of Luke's game is the one thing he could do with expediting. He's had no problems with the shoulder.'

Adding: 'Up until he got the shoulder injury at Chelsea he was a permanent fixture in the team, so I saw a lot of him then. You could say he was maybe playing out of position, on the left-hand side, with Juan Pablo Angel through the middle and Gabby on the right. He was doing fine, but he got injured and we have more strength in depth now. So it's up to him to force his way back in. Had he been fit by say late November, the chances would have been there because we didn't have the strength in depth.'

'Now we have more to choose from and Luke is one of those options. It's up to him to force his way in and take his chance.'

Moore isn't in tonight's reserve team squad so could feature for the full team against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday March 12 2007
Time: 11:50AM


Put him in the starting XI and drop Petrov for a game. Lets go back to the successful 4-3-3 which kept us undefeated so long. Sorensen - Bouma Mellberg Cahill Bardsley (or Hughes) - Barry McCann Davis - Moore (Left Wing) Young (Right Wing) - Carew (through middle) SUBS - Taylor, Ridgewell, Hughes (or Bardsley), Petrov and Agbonlahor
12/03/2007 12:54:00
Deano - I do like it but perhaps Barry or Berger on left (Maloney is out I think) and drop Luke to the bench. I'm all for playing players in recognised positions.
12/03/2007 16:29:00
Quite like the idea of going back to 4-3-3 as long as it IS attacking and doesn't become 5 across midfield.
The Fear
12/03/2007 17:30:00
Why has MON not tried the 4-3-3 again since Chelsea away ? Baffles me,especially once he`d bought Young.
12/03/2007 19:12:00
Luke has been in great form for the reseves, now is the time to put him in and let him run at the Arsenal defence, especially with Touro out. Moore, Young and Carew up front could be a scarey combination for a lot of defences.
12/03/2007 19:13:00
It's straight decision between him and Gabby I'm afraid. I think this should be a new poll! I'd give him a go if he's fit (only MON et al can asses that).
12/03/2007 21:45:00
Surely, with our strikers JC appart drawing a blank, it would make sense to let Luke have a run out. Also agree with Aspinall on the 4-3-3. Nice to see that with the quality we have now, dont seem to be able to work out our best team. Should pick itself on first and reserve team performances.
12/03/2007 21:54:00
Also on the Stan poll, there is one option missing. Under great potential needs more time, should be an option --- needs kick up the arse.
12/03/2007 21:57:00
Luke has his work cut out to re-establish himself as a first team regular. Times have changed, new faces have moved in. Luke will sink or swim, like a few others who are currently deemed 'fringe players'.
12/03/2007 22:10:00
He will come good but may have to accept he will be understudy to John Carew, although he played on the left wing pre-injury and kept telling people he was a striker I bet he would be happy now just to get a game.
13/03/2007 03:16:00
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