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Big Game For James Milner

Big Game For James Milner

Without wishing to rip off the article that appeared in The Times on Tuesday. I would just like to talk a little about James Milner and what a big game he has this Sunday.

Many regular users of this site will know I have been negative about the season as a whole. I have complained about tactics, substitutions and player performances as much, if not more than most. However the one player I have never had the slightest doubt about this season, is James Milner. When he arrived in the summer, some fans criticised his lack of pace, his price tag etc, but what we have got for the reported £12million fee is a very special player indeed.

I think most would agree that Milner was one of the few highlights in what was to be our last season under both David O`Leary and Doug Ellis. Yet, when he returned to Newcastle he was never really seen as a first team player. They did not seem to be aware of the talented youngster that they possessed.

On his return to Villa Park, a place he obviously enjoyed playing from his previous spell at the club, he soon became an integral part of Martin O`Neill`s team. Now as far as wingers go, he may not have the pace of someone like Ashley Young, however what he lacks in pace he more than makes up for in work rate. Milner can often be seen offering support to the defence one minute then getting involved in an attack the next.

While he was undervalued at Newcastle, a team that finds it self in the relegation zone with a game to go, he now is a key part of O`Neill`s plans for the future of a club at the right end of the table. How fitting it then is that Milner would be part of the team that could very well send the Magpies down!

Imagine if Milner added to his 3 league goals this season and be the man responsible for relegating the team that never really appreciated him.

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Writer:Dan Jones
Date:Thursday May 21 2009
Time: 11:56AM

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wise words Dan, totally agree, Milner is a special player and is still very young so will improve also. I do firmly believe if not for Barry we'd have been relegated in the final DOL season and the only other player I'd add to that would be Milner who despite being on loan was one of the very few who looked interested that season and always put in the effort.
The Fear
21/05/2009 11:59:00
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wise words Dan, totally agree, Milner is a special player and is still very young so will improve also. I do firmly believe if not for Barry we'd have been relegated in the final DOL season and the only other player I'd add to that would be Milner who despite being on loan was one of the very few who looked interested that season and always put in the effort.
The Fear
21/05/2009 11:59:00
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Here i am again questioning my sanity. Average at best and as many bad games as good. Was a better player the first time round IMO but Greed took him back to Newcastle. When he goes on the right and stays there he can influance a game but when he attempts other stuff he just goes out of the game completely. IMO
meyouldy
21/05/2009 12:53:00
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Here i am again questioning my sanity. Average at best and as many bad games as good. Was a better player the first time round IMO but Greed took him back to Newcastle. When he goes on the right and stays there he can influance a game but when he attempts other stuff he just goes out of the game completely. IMO
meyouldy
21/05/2009 12:53:00
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football is amazing isn't it meyouldy? We see the same games and love the same team but see games totally differently at times!
The Fear
21/05/2009 12:54:00
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football is amazing isn't it meyouldy? We see the same games and love the same team but see games totally differently at times!
The Fear
21/05/2009 12:54:00
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Agreed Fear, I think last season was more excited than this, others don't. As for Milner, absolutely love his workrate and commitment to the cause. If only our other young stars like Ashley and Gabby played with the same level of urgency, then we could be top4 right now.
young_jonah
21/05/2009 13:25:00
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Agreed Fear, I think last season was more excited than this, others don't. As for Milner, absolutely love his workrate and commitment to the cause. If only our other young stars like Ashley and Gabby played with the same level of urgency, then we could be top4 right now.
young_jonah
21/05/2009 13:25:00
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two footed, powerful shot, engine that goes all day and a work rate that puts the energizer bunny to shame. Couple taht with an eye for goal and an ability to take free kicks and all you need is a scouse accent to give you Gerrard. I'd love to see Milner doing a role through the middle going box to box or sitting behind the front. With his pace Gabby is imo a much more effective winger but gives us much less through the centre.
AVbornandbred
21/05/2009 15:07:00
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two footed, powerful shot, engine that goes all day and a work rate that puts the energizer bunny to shame. Couple taht with an eye for goal and an ability to take free kicks and all you need is a scouse accent to give you Gerrard. I'd love to see Milner doing a role through the middle going box to box or sitting behind the front. With his pace Gabby is imo a much more effective winger but gives us much less through the centre.
AVbornandbred
21/05/2009 15:07:00
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