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Liam Ridgewell for Small Heath?

Liam Ridgewell for Small Heath?

Reports in the Birmingham Mail suggest that Steve Bruce is keen to revive his interest in Villa defender Liam Ridgewell, with a bid of about £2 million expected?

Apparently he does not think the cross city divide will be a problem and the story also suggests that Ridgewell would not be to worried about the move, if he isn't going to be a regular at Villa Park.

Personally I have no problem if he goes there, providing he is replaced first. He has always given his all to the Villa and I actually think he is a potential leader and captain, not at the top level, but at a less ambitious or glamorous club.

I do have an issue over the price though. We have no need to sell. Small Heath are in desperate need of centre half's and proven premiership defenders are few and far between. Players worth £2 million a couple of years ago are now worth 3 times that. If they are serious, let them start the bidding at £7 million. Ridgewell is at least the equal of the 28 year old, injury prone Upson they sold to West Sham for £7 million.

Please Villa do not start releasing our Academy developed players for peanuts in this day and age of megabucks TV money. It is a sellers market.

Article submitted by voiceoftheholte



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday June 15 2007
Time: 2:40PM

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Assuming we are going to buy another CB - is an extra £2m or a 5th choice CB more valuable to us. I believed in the 2 players for each position guideline and we have stuck to that for a long time. But after seeing how Chelsea and Man Utd suffered when losing two centrebacks I think that you need two for every position EXCEPT centreback where 5 players vying for 2 spots is necessary. Therefore I would like us to have 5 (Mellberg, Laursen, Cahill, Ridgewell and the likes of Curtis Davies) - especially with Laursen being injury-prone and Cahill and Ridgewell still young. I say keep him - unless we sell him and buy another 2 (but that could be very expensive). Do we have any other defenders coming through the ranks?? I know of O'Halloran but he is a left-back primarily.
deano.avfc
15/06/2007 14:53:00
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I'd be sorry to see Ridge depart. And the poor kid would have the trauma of championship footy to look forward to in 08-09 if he moved to the Sty. Can't we convert him into a right-back ?
pongogidman
15/06/2007 14:57:00
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I thought his performances last season were brilliant.
Pking
15/06/2007 14:58:00
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I'm another one who doesnt want Liam to go, especially not to THEM. He was unlucky to lose his place last season and didn't do a lot wrong. He is 4th in line though, but the only naturally left footed central defender we have although I think O'Halloran has played left sided centre back. I don't think central defence is a problem area for us if we keep what we have got. By the way, wasn't Ashley superb against the Italians. a snip at £8-10 million I say.
krfeskivilla
15/06/2007 15:05:00
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I have, for a while now, been posting on the site about keeping our young players and giving them an extended run in the side as I believe that we have the makings of a very good side already. This is why I am against Bellamy amongst others, as well as the negative aspects of him as a person, more importantly I think we should have the confidence to give Gabby and Luke a go. Ridge hasn't done badly when picked, apart from THAT run of penalties, and with a bit more experience of playing with the likes of Olly and Laurson I think he'd be o.k. It's sods law that we have the money to invest when we have a good crop of home grown talent coming through. I guess that to push on to the next level some of these guys will want more first team football and will then ask to move on, but I can't help feeling they will come back to haunt us one day.
Jon.H
15/06/2007 15:09:00
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krfeskivilla, my point exactly. I think that Young may be worth £25 million in just a few months. We also know that if the Dildo Salesmen buy Ridgewell for £2 million they will try and sell him for £10 million when they are relegated at the end of the season. If he goes there, they can blinkin well pay for the privelidge. I would be gutted to see them make a fortune on someone we have developed.
voiceoftheholte
15/06/2007 15:11:00
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Must admit, having been a regular reserve game goer at the time, I saw Ridgewell 'grow up' and was impressed when he progressed to the first team and carried on organising, motivating, being vocal etc. Thought we'd a future Villa captain. I'd be sorry to see him go, unless he thinks he has no chance of breaking through, if Laursen was super fit and was likely to be able to play all the games (lets hope, as I think he would be amongst the top 5 defenders in the prem?) then maybe he is right to leave to get regular first team football, just a shame as I am sure he is good enough.
The Fear
15/06/2007 15:12:00
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I think he has a great attitude I hope we dont sell him,were only gonna end up in a situation where we'll have to buy loads of players to make up numbers.
Pking
15/06/2007 15:14:00
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Anyway when the worlds 5th richest man buys them they'll set their sights elsewhere.
Pking
15/06/2007 15:17:00
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If we do sell him on (to anyone - not just Brum) we should put a MAJOR sell-on clause at least 30% of anything they receive over what they bought him for. That goes for Steve Davis and anyone else. Ipswich are going to get at least £3m when Bent moves on and they only sold him for £2.5m!!! If we had that written into Peter Crouch's sale to Southampton we would be getting (quick maths time!!) sold for £2m then £7m leaves £5m - 30% of £5m is £1.5m!!! Basic business - im sure Randy will know what to do!!!
deano.avfc
15/06/2007 15:21:00
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