Martin O'Neill on Craig Gardner
Martin O'Neill has 'a lot of time' for 20-year-old Villa midfielder Craig Gardner whose future he says is bright AND at Villa! 'My own view is that Craig has been a bit unlucky this season. He got into the side and then he got injured but he, most definitely, has a future here at Villa. Most definitely.'
'He is somebody that I would think, with this season gone, is a strong lad and I have a lot of time for him both as a person and as a player as well. I know that sounds crazy when he has not been in the side recently but mark my words, he has got a chance of being a proper Premiership player.'
He is certainly combatative and doesn't seem to get phased by the 'stars' as he goes in tough tackling anyone. Nice to know another of the Villa youth players are rated and have a chance of building a Villa future.
Can't remember the last really tough midfielder we had, maybe Andy Townsend who was always a 100% player and didn't mind getting stuck in.