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Goodbye JP Angel - And Good Luck

Goodbye JP Angel - And Good Luck

Looks like Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel is on his way to the US of A!

Reports today are suggesting the Columbian will be moving to the New York Red Bulls

Angel moved to Villa for a record fee of £9.5million from River Plate in January 2001 during John Gregory's reign in what became one of the most drawn out transfers in our history due to problems with an agent 'owning' part of the player....!

Apparently he is now close to signing a two year contract to play in the Major League Soccer although Villa have yet to comment.

The Red Bulls won't have to pay a fee but will have to take over the last year of the 31-year-olds contract which is said to be worth around £40 000 a week.

Angel has fallen totally behind in the pecking order of Villa, he managed 7 goals before Christmas but has hardly even made the bench in recent months.

There is no doubt Angel has struggled to repeat his 23 goals in 2003/4 when he partnered up with Darius Vassell but to be fair to the striker, who of the rest of our strikers also hasn't struggled to score in the last 5 years? It isn't all down to the front men, the service has been diabolical, something I'm sure Martin O'Neill will now be able to address as the club now have realistic funding to take us back up the league.

I loved watching an on-form Angel play and still say with the right service he would have continued banging them in for Villa.

If he does go, and lets face it as he isn't even on the bench these days he will, I wish him nothing but good luck. I hope he is a star in America, he so nearly was for us and will always 'feel' like ours because he was brought in around the time of major pressure on Ellis with the £ sign protests.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday April 17 2007
Time: 8:46AM


Good luck Angel if you do go. He's been one of the few players in the last few years to have shown true fight for the Villa. Given the nightmare first year he suffered for us, it's a wonder he stuck it out for 6 years, but I'll never forget his one wonder season. Did you see the Sky Sports headline? "Red Bull to give Angel Wings"... very good
17/04/2007 08:52:00
Best of luck to JPA! Hope we can give him a bit of a send-off before the game on Sunday.
17/04/2007 09:09:00
Wish him all the best. Always worked hard - even when things weren't going for him - and never complained. Had the right attitude but couldn't find the consistency. Think he'll be remembered with a great deal more fondness than a number of our other departed strikers over the last ten years.
17/04/2007 09:09:00
Good luck to the guy, he was a great player a few years ago but he was never the quickest and I think his legs have just desserted him now. Should still bang them in in the States tho.
17/04/2007 09:14:00
On his day a great striker, but most of all seemed like a genuine nice bloke, who showed true passion and commitment to the Villa cause - something that can't be said of too many people over recent times! Goodbye and Good Luck JPA! This may be my only reason for keeping an eye out for whats happening in MLS though.
17/04/2007 09:17:00
Good luck JPA. I really hope MON gives him the opportunity to say goodbye to Villa against SU
17/04/2007 09:33:00
Yes, there's every reason to wish JPA 'bon voyage'. He didn't seem to quite have the 'bite' in the last couple of years - possibly due to injury in 2004 - but knows his football and will entertain wherever he goes.
17/04/2007 09:47:00
I wish him all the best - Ill always remember his screamer against Chelsea at VP!
17/04/2007 10:06:00
I would have liked to see how he'd play with carew.But I hope him and his family do well.
17/04/2007 10:54:00
Thank you JPA for all you did for us, I would like him to stay but if he goes the very best of luck to him and his.
irish villa
17/04/2007 11:30:00
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