Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday April 23 2007
The paper reports are suggesting that Steven Davis will be put up for sale in the summer. Davis has had a rougher season this year following the last term where he was a virtual ever present and won Villa's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
But you have to ask, does this from the Villa boss Martin O'Neill sound like he plans to sell the Northern Ireland international?
'Steven had a really good season last year. He's found it a bit more difficult this year, but I can see him roaring back next season and taking games by the scruff of the neck. Steven's preferred position is central midfield. He doesn't feel comfortable playing out wide. When you're playing 4-4-2, unless you've got a sitting midfielder who doesn't do anything, then it's difficult.'
'I played all my time for Nottingham Forest wide right but I really wanted to play in the centre. I'd have liked to have played centre all the time. That's where I played for Northern Ireland, but Clough said: 'I'm not going to be leaving out Archie Gemmill and that's the position where I feel you are best equipped to help the team.'
Adding on the official site: 'All the young players want to play in the side - it's the time of their lives when they want to enjoy it. I want to build up a squad where I have lots of choices. There's going to be a stage now when some of the younger players in the side, who are not playing regularly, will either have to battle to get into the side or say: 'I've battled as hard as I can and I'm still not in the team - I might look elsewhere.''
Hits the nail on the head when he says 'I want to build a squad'. Yes, get rid of some fringe players, get rid of players with less talent or of an age where they need to find pastures new, but no way will we or should be looking at selling prospects like Davis!
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Date:Monday April 23 2007
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