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Steven Davis Departs Villa

Aston Villa academy graduate Steven Davis has signed for Fulham it was announced today. The former player of the year had an indifferent season under Martin O`Neill and will now join team-mate Aaron Hughes, and former international manager Lawrie Sanchez. As of yet no information regarding a fee, or contract length has been released.

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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 5 2007

Time: 12:54PM

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Really disappointed to see him go. Understand why MON has sold him though, if he wasn't impressed with form or attitude... I'm most disappointed he didn't wish to up his game and win his place back.
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05/07/2007 12:58:00

*****,*****,*****! 1st bad move from martin this definately is,cannot believe it honestly! *****!
Belfast Villain
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05/07/2007 13:00:00

MON has really got to get his finger out now and sign 5 or 6 players that are better than what has left ..!
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05/07/2007 13:00:00

starting to get nervous now, that was a quality player we just let go. He must have some big ones line up. Im so nervous I have a big one of my own lined up. Also I hope the fee reflected his ability - if NRC is 8.5m he must be worth at least 5m.
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05/07/2007 13:05:00

F*** now am really angry O'Neil said he would let ppl leave who didn't want to stay but I didn't know it included everyone god Martin please stop letting everyone leave If Carew leaves am really gonna flip because at the moment we have only brought 1 player in and Pre season has already started which means if we do get anyone else they might not be ready for the new campaign
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05/07/2007 13:10:00

We better be signing a top quality replacement,I dont see what we have to gain by letting good players go.
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05/07/2007 13:11:00

I think this reflects how much the mentality of the club has changed. Instead of being a club that has to do what it can to keep its better players, we are now obviously looking to try and improve upon them. Also did SD ask for a transfer?? as i don't recall it being made public
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05/07/2007 13:17:00

I have this in transfer thread - but what the hell it needs to be said: We have just sold a real gem of a player he cleaned up as player and young player of the year season before last. Would Villa fans be happy is MON sold Barry or Agbonlahor next summer if they have a poor season. Actually let me rephrase that - if they have as good (or slightly better) season than others in their position (Berger or Moore) - I have said this because he was no worse than the player keeping him out of the team i.e. Petrov. One so-so season when your opportunities are limited doesnt make you a bad player. Gardner or Osbourne coming in and playing well in half a dozen games does not make them better than Davis who has 20+ international caps for a team which has jumped 100 places in the rankings and beat Spain, Sweden and England in recent years. Is anyone else thinking along the same lines or is it just us Ulstermen!!!???!!! The stuff about him kicking up a fuss I find hard to believe - I am mates with his old schoolmate who catches up with him when Davis is back in Co. Antrim (genuine - this isnt the usual bull with my sisters cousins mate etc) and he has spoken of how he doesnt want to leave Villa and gets on great with MON.
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05/07/2007 13:30:00

What a damn shame. O'Neill better step up the revolution, cos he needs alot of players to fill in for the ones hes let go. Still, Davis was actin like he didnt even want to put up any sort of fight like he expected to be in the first team every week. Either way, hope he does good for himself, but i think we'll be doing better
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05/07/2007 13:32:00

Steven Davis gone, a mistake?? not at all, nice one MON, get rid of the players who are not willing to up their games, who have no fighting spirit, who expect a massive paycheck and an automatic first team place, so what if we have to build from the ground up, I would rather that, then put up with massive egos who don't perform well unless they feel like it, it is about time managers stopped putting up with it. this is ASTON VILLA they should be proud to play for us and fight tooth and nail to wear the claret and blue.
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05/07/2007 13:33:00

steff the money that is in the game today means that this kind of player you talk about is now a dying breed..!
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05/07/2007 13:37:00

4 million isn't a bad return for a squad player who came through the ranks, although it is always disappointing see one of 'your own' leave. With the way transfer fees are going I do hope the club have put in adequate 'sell on' clauses in to the contract. Time will tell if M'ON has made a mistake or if Davis is another Graham Fenton. I would think that after working with him for a year M'ON would have more of an understanding of his potential than any of us fans. I hope he does well and that he doesn't haunt us on the second home game of the season. I will be giving him a good reception, same goes for Hughes.
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05/07/2007 13:42:00

Who says he has no fighting spirit or that he wanted an automatic first team place???? The only quotes are that he wanted to have a chat with O'Neill to see if he was still in his plans - this 'chat' was to happen Wednesday (yesterday) so it is very likely that O'Neill has said no - you are not in my plans it would be best to move on. How the **** can people say he doesnt want to play for the shirt?? What proof do you have at all!!! When Man Utd were rumoured to be in for him did he come out and say he wanted a move - NO he was happy to remain a Villan. Dont slag the guy when you have not got a quote to go on. When he does quote it will probably be to say that he is 'disappointed but excited by the challenge' just like Aaron Hughes. He has a massive ego - what a lot of s**te!!! He is the nicest guy from a quiet town who has been very gratedul for being a regular international and playing in the Premiership!! Ego - compared to who we have just signed. Dont go critisising players with ridiculous statements. Find me a quote saying that he wants to leave, will not fight for a place in the team, or wants money and I will believe you. Until then stop talking s***e!!!
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05/07/2007 13:43:00

Cant help but agree that a big mistake has been made here, but I feel that it is a mistake on the part of the player, not MON. I guess I'm in something of a minority, but I'm not too upset about Davis leaving. If he hadn't got it in him to give it at least another twelve months giving his all, in a determined effort to win a place back in the starting line up, then its definitely best for the club that he's outa here. A decision by young Steven that shows a complete lack of balls. Good luck to him at Fulham, but somehow I think he'll live to regret his decision.
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05/07/2007 13:44:00

Graham Fenton???? Comparing an international, former player and young player of the year, once linked with a 8m move to Man Utd as a replacement for Roy Keane to Graham Fenton???
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05/07/2007 13:47:00

I agree it was made clear to him when Petrov took his position despite the fact Davis was player of the year and Petrov most of the time was ****e.We were not there at training eveyday how does any one know he wasn't prepared to fight for his place.
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05/07/2007 13:47:00

I just hope this sale doesn't come back to bite us on the rear. Good luck kid!
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05/07/2007 14:01:00

Yep - just as I thought - proper quote from the horses mouth - "So although it's sad to be leaving Villa, I know this is the right decision for me and my future". Sounds like a guy who has been told that he wont get much of a chance next season!! Rather than an ego-tistical, money grabber who is not up for a fight for a first team place. Only 4m for him - thats a joke!!
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05/07/2007 14:09:00

Petrov just clouds this issue. MON believes rightly or wrongly that contracts & rewards have to be earnt. He obviously had a disagreement about where he should be playing and MON feels Gardner is a better prospect. I'm sure he'll get asked this question at the NRC press conference and we'll get a direct answer. I'm not worried, other than getting in some class. Koumas etc are no better than Davo.
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05/07/2007 14:14:00

ABSOLUTELY GUTTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a sad sad day to be a Villa fan...unbelievable! i can't fathom why on earth MON has sold one of our best young players!! actually i can, its because he loves petrov like a son. bloody hell, i thought we had a gradual plan to break the top 4 - we've sold a player who was linked with man utd, a player who a lot of utd fans would have liked to see join them. he has an average spell of form and he's out the door. shocking decision. lets hope there are no more.
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05/07/2007 14:16:00

If Manure wanted SD then I'm sure he would have been playing for them now.
Hoss The Villain
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05/07/2007 14:17:00

The name Peter Crouch keeps popping up in my mind.
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05/07/2007 14:23:00

I think its a shame yes, but im not sad to see him go, more excited to see who is coming to fill the gaps. If Davis wanted to stay, im sure he would of stayed, and in any of the games he did play in last season, he didnt look like he wanted to play. Goodbye, Good Luck
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05/07/2007 14:26:00

There's a few knee-jerk reactions here but the thing with Davo for me comes down to whether he could take his game up to the next level - he looked an outstanding prospect during the 2005/06 season (the best of a very sorry bunch) but far from the finished article. And whilst I was frustrated that Petrov was not dropped when he lost form through long stages of last season in favour of Davis, I couldn't seriously see a first team place for him as we look to challenge for Europe. He has good touch, an excellent eye for a pass and even chipped in with a few goals - but he was also lightweight and unable to adapt to wider positions when required. I believe we'll be playing 4-4-2 this season, most likely with two in the centre and two down the flanks (hence the links to SWP) and I simply don't believe Davis has the strength to compete in the middle. And more importantly, I don't think MO'N does. What we've signed in Reo-Coker is a player with solid technical ability and outstanding energy - a player that will make it harder for the opposition to play and allow us to get the best out of our flair players. Davis would often look good going forward but opposing teams had little trouble playing through him the other way. I believe one of the reasons Petrov continued to be preferred and Craig Gardner overtook him is the extra mettle they seem to be able to bring to their game. But I still don't think it has truly penetrated the extent to which MO'N is here to get results and not merely make up the numbers. In order to do this, he will have to be ruthless on occasion. In this instance, we're reluctantly saying goodbye to a player a lot of us rated - a good player that perhaps wasn't going to make the step up to greatness. That's the standard we need now and that's why he has been allowed to leave. I for one believe Reo-Coker has the ability to make that step up and that's why the market values him at almost double the fee Fulham have paid for Davis. Nonetheless, I wish Davo all the best - like McCann, I think he always gave his all for the cause whatever his limitations, but in time we could well come to see that the way we are moving forward as a club may be more accurately reflected in the players we feel we can let go as much as those we are looking to bring in. Just over twelve months ago, maybe Davis was as good as we could hope for - now we're looking at a higher standard altogether.
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05/07/2007 14:35:00

Couldn't agree more Alec. Well said.
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05/07/2007 14:50:00

Thats a fair point Alec, just our replacements are up to that standard.I think O Neill was a little hasty to get rid of him.At least Gardner looks a great prospect,Coker is a good signing.
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05/07/2007 14:53:00

The minute Sanchez was established at Fulham it became clear he would be after Davis. This is a loss toAVFC, but Davis broke through under O'Leary and deservedly won yuong player and player of the year in a below average side. He had (supposedly) an opportunity under O'Neil and did not grab it being superceded by both Gardner and Osbourne as well as Petrov being brought in and GB playing centrally. Good luck to the guy, some managers rate you others don't just the same for us as fans. I do hope we have negotiated a sell on clause to compensate the club for developing him originally, that with our track record I somehow doubt!!!!
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05/07/2007 14:55:00

No more needs to be said Alec is right. Our fans are trying to rationalise other purchases on a player who was likely to be a bench warmer next season. Now if we got Koumas and other mediocre players, that's a different matter.
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05/07/2007 15:19:00

Deano you are obviously a Davis fan. Fulham is obviously a step backwards but a near certainty for a guaranteed first team place. Davis could have done what Defoe has and said 'I don't care who the club gets in, I am going to fight for my place'. The fact that he didn't I think speaks volumes. You are right in saying that some people are using quotes that have never been made but I think that what hasn't been said is actually making more noise than what has.
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05/07/2007 16:01:00

Also wages will have played a part too. Defoe is on wads!
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05/07/2007 16:30:00

Sorry to see him go...but it was clearly in the offing!
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05/07/2007 17:08:00

Lets not be too despondent that Davis has gone, as VOTH says, if he stated that he would like to stay and fight for his place, we would have given him credit for that. And currently, the competition for a central midfield berth isn't that strong, Petrov/NRC/Gardner/Osbourne. This concerns me - but MON isn't daft, and looking at that quartet he'll instantly realise that we still require strengthening in this department - I wouldn't be surprised if another centre midfielder was to join otherwise we'll be in a position by were Barry or Berger fill in. Good luck to Davo - You have certainly been an inspiration to youth academy players who have aspired to emulate your 1st team achievements.... We move on, and in Martin we trust, keep your belief fellow fans, the men in charge know what they are doing and whom they want.... and so does Steven Davis - this could be a signal for a big name player to fill the void left by our 3 departing centre midfielders!??
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05/07/2007 17:09:00

First prem season, can't fault him. Made far too many mistakes when he did play last season. I see this as a step forward for both the player and the club.
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05/07/2007 17:18:00

Although Davis had a bad season it was too premature to release him and the same goes for anyone else in the squad, until every position is covered by at least two quality players. I'm therefore just beginning to become a little concerned with the haste ay which we're letting good players go befpre we have better replacements. At present we hardly have 16 fit players to make a squad. Today, 26 players are listed on the AV website (inc, Coker) and these include Angel, Davis, Taylor, (all transferred), Ridgewell (almost gone), Sutton (retired), DJ X 2 (on loan), Bardsley (gone). So we now appear to have a senior squad of just 17 which includes 2 "rookies" who are still to to pull on a first team shirt (Williams and O'Halloran). But perhaps the the 5 essential quality additions are in the pipe-line. Even if they are, a squad of 22 will be the smallest squad I can ever remember; and MON said his priority next season was "strength in depth"! Some strength, some depth!!!
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05/07/2007 17:20:00

deano.avfc, so sorry chap, didn't intend to upset you, is he a relative? friend? I wondered for a moment where I got that opinion from, so I searched and came up with just a bit to back up my opinion, which is just MY OPINION that I am entitled to, you asked for the following "Find me a quote saying that he wants to leave, will not fight for a place in the team, or wants money and I will believe you. Until then stop talking s***e!!!" my, quite an aggresive chap arn't we, well here you go... "Under the new regime, midfielder Davis has gone from Villa headline-grabbing hero to almost zero in double quick time and it hurts. "If I have to move on to get playing regularly, then that's what I have to do, and if it's not going to be at Villa, it'll be somewhere else," admitted Davis earlier this week. "Last season was a tough one because I didn't get the chance to start many matches. "I'll have a chat with Martin O'Neill when I go back. Obviously I'll wait to see what he's got to say. If I'm wanted, then I'll have a decision to make and if I'm not, then I'm going to have to move on." MON has offered him another season to prove himself, but Davis isn't up to the challenge and wants to move. So, like I said...............................
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05/07/2007 17:32:00

gutted the lads gone. he could end up being the bargain of the season
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05/07/2007 19:10:00

Lightweight, doesnt score enough goals, can only play in one position and most importantly MON feels he isnt in his plans. FFS move on, most of you bleating on here probably wanted that waster Hendrie to stay as well.
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05/07/2007 19:34:00

Everybody makes quotes to fit in with the situation they find themselves in, so what SD says in just the last few days doesn't mean he has had a bad attitude in the past. I can therefore totally understand Deano and also the reasoned view put forward by Alec. For me I thought Davis was the new Roy Keane and then I was disappointed that after really breaking through he didn't seem to quite grab the opportunity by the throat but took a step back - and saved some great performances for N Ireland. The jury was therefore out for me, but it might have been just a dip and he might have come again. I am equally not totally convinced after the way Petrov kept his place that MON can be fully relied on to give all the youth the chance they deserve. For Luke Moore the jury is out too - but only because we are still waiting for thim to be given a decent run up front alongside Carew, not out wide. I just hope he gets a proper chance this season. Gardner I thought looks great but it is early days for him. He should be left in the team though until he proves he can't hack it - none of this biding time and protecting youngsters stuff. Lpool, Man Utd and Arsenal play players if they are good enogh not old enough and we did that with Gabby last season, and Gardner over McCann at the end. For me Moore and Gardner are the top youngsters that I'd be gutted to see leave. Gabby has done brilliantly, but been somewhat over-hyped. It's down to him to see if he can bring a bit more to his game and be more dominant (as he started the season). Ridgewell we should keep too - if he continues to improve he could be a class act. At present he is not quite there but too much of a risk to let him go. As for oldsters, pity JPA never recovered his 3 year ago form, but to let him go for nowt seemed generous. Still that's what footballs all about different opinions and I share everyones confidence in MON and look forward to a European Challenge.
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05/07/2007 19:39:00

Stennyvilla you do talk some ******. Not convinced about MON and Ridgewell could become a class act!!
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05/07/2007 19:59:00

Tarzan's b As I said I share everyone's confidence in MON I just didn't like the way Petrov kept his place last season for so long - and that's what I criticised him for. Not even MON is perfect. I agree Ridgewell has the equal potential to fade away and continue to be error-prone for ever. But he reads the game well and is comfortable for a defender with the ball rather than hoofing it into row Z. He could go either way That said, I know I talk ***** sometimes! Are your opinions beyond question?
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05/07/2007 20:14:00

Davis was great in 1st season and crap in 2nd season,MON has obviously made his mind up after watching him and would have probably kept him if he was willing to play 2nd fiddle at start of season and fight for chance,Fulham have been after him because of the Sanchez link so the inevitable happened.In my humble opinion i couldn`t shed a tear for any player we`ve sold under MON and i personally don`t think he`s signed 1 bad player,NRC,Petrov,Barry and Gardner are ahead of Davis in pecking order.....makes sense both ways.....Good luck Steve,they`ll love ya
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05/07/2007 20:38:00

Davis is probably premiership class, but not good enough if we are looking at top 6. Think it says something that Fulham were the only team after him!
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05/07/2007 21:21:00

I would be extremely surprised if we hadn't got all sorts of sell on clauses. We have a new board who seem to have their heads screwed on.
Adam Deuce
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05/07/2007 21:34:00

I mentioned before that true premiership class is marked by consistency.Davo was excellent in his first season but looked tired at the start of the season just gone and was in dire need of a break.He has great ability and I really hope he goes on to achieve great things.Several points were well made by Alec, and I also believe the quality of players we are looking to have in the first team squad, will be off a better quality than what we currently have.Personally I would have preferred a loan for a season to see if the start of last year was just a blip!But once Sanchez was in at Fulham he would have been on the case after the international lads.Good luck Davo,you'll always be a Villa lad to us.
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05/07/2007 22:13:00

It's always sad to see 'home' grown players leave but quite frankly we'll get over it. Davis was quite often caught out of position or went 'missing'. What should concern everyone is we have now rid ourselves of 4 (including Bardsley) first teamers including Macann, Hughes and now Davis - By my reckoning we now need at least 8 players to be able to cover for next season. The Carew thing is 'Pish' as our hoops cousins would say. it's taken how long? to get coco pops. This is the reall worrying aspect of this summer. At the mo I'm 60% worried/frustrated and 40% excited. Time to reverse the selling bit.
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05/07/2007 22:34:00

Working on the basis of two players for every position, which everybody seems to be saying would be good strength in depth this is what we currently have. 2 keepers. 1 injured rb and 1 lb. 4 central defenders. So from that we need 1 or 2 rb's. We will need lb cover unless M'ON sees O'Halloran as good enough for that role. Unless Ridgewell is sold we have enough players for central defence. Sorenson also needs better competition than Taylor. In midfield we have 8 players for 4 positions. Maloney, Berger, Osbourne, Gardner, Barry, Petrov, NRC and Young. Up front we have Moore, Gabi and Big John. So without any more players going out, and to have two players for every position we need 1 keeper, 1or 2 rb's and maybe a lb. We have a full compliment in the middle but need another striker. That is 4 or 5 players. Personally and realistically I would like Micah Richards for RB and Alan Smith as competition for big John. I would like to see SWP for some balance on right mid. I am unsure about lb but think Foster would be great competiton for Sorenson. Richards 10 million. SWP 10 million. Smith 3 million. Foster on loan. That is 23 million + an estimated 3 million for a lb. Total spend, inc the 8.5 for NRC, of 35 million or thereabouts. We have generated 6 million from McCann, Davis and Hughes. Net spend of 29 million which is less than the reported 30 million budget and gives us a squad of 2 players for every position. This management lark it a piece of cake.
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06/07/2007 00:07:00

VOTH to take over from MON !!!
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06/07/2007 08:41:00

I know we will see more movement in the coming weeks, in all honesty this should be the start of the floodgates opening.All the UK football clubs are back at work now with internationals back by the mid July .And European football shortly after.Randy is over to support and work with Martin on acquisitions.MON has a master plan...fear yee not!
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06/07/2007 08:48:00

Wonder why the official fee is 'undisclosed'?
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08/07/2007 07:09:00

sorry to see him go, thought a season long loan might have been an option, I hope they at least have a sell on clause. When we played Northern Ireland and they beat England, he was the best player on the pitch. :( When will Villa stop selling?!
The Fear
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08/07/2007 20:24:00


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