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Villa To Do The Hokey-Cokey For Huddlestone?!

James Nursery has an interesting article in The Mirror today.

The report is claiming Villa are going to do the Hokey-Cokey and use Nigel Hokey-Cokey as part of a swap deal for Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

This swap deal I can believe, NRC hasn't really impressed that much since moving from West Ham for over 7million in 2007 and has fallen down the pecking order and even been used as a stand in right-back, a position I've heard he hates playing in.

The report goes on to suggest that Ashley Young still isn't a happy bunny and is also thinking about his future following the departure of Villa captain Gareth Barry and repeats the link to Spurs with Harry Redknapp being prepared to use a combination of two players out of David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas or Huddlestone in part of the deal.

I don't think there can be any thoughts of letting Young go but as said, I could believe that NRC might want a change and so a swap might be on the cards?

One source said in The Mirror Sport that the managers are 'playing tennis, bouncing ideas off each other'.

Hmmm, wonder who'll win that particular game then! Bent for Heskey 15 - love..! Salifou for Jermaine Jenas 30- love, Hokey Cokey for Huddlestone .. first service... oh you get the idea, why not play yourselves, it is all the rage!!!

Villa have however confirmed that no approaches have been made for Ashley Young, long may that situation continue, although interest from Chelsea is also being indicated.

Meanwhile, Steven Defour's agent, Paul Stefani, has confirmed there have been on bids for the 21-year-old Belgian and Standard Liege midfielder despite press links to both Villa and Liverpool. agent has confirmed that there is yet to be any bids lodged for his charge. The agent told Neiuwsblad, probably the first publication I read each morning on waking to my caviar and boiled egg breakfast: 'There has been a lot of interest, but Standard have yet to receive any official bids. Aston Villa and Liverpool are great clubs where Steven would certainly enjoy playing. Would Standard let him go? Everything depends on the offer. Manchester United said Cristiano would not be sold.'




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Date:Thursday June 18 2009

Time: 9:46AM

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Pls let Coker go - if ever i wud dislike a villa player it would be him
Pablo1978
Pls let Coker go - if ever i wud dislike a villa player it would be him
Pablo1978
SIGN DEFOUR IMMEDIATELY.
Mancuni-villa
SIGN DEFOUR IMMEDIATELY.
Mancuni-villa
Yes yes yes just what Spurs need the silky skills of NRC who would make that Zakora fella look like Maradona ! Please MON make my summer !
Villan57
Yes yes yes just what Spurs need the silky skills of NRC who would make that Zakora fella look like Maradona ! Please MON make my summer !
Villan57
cant pass cant tackle but hey he does take good care of his hair
Pablo1978
cant pass cant tackle but hey he does take good care of his hair
Pablo1978
when he signed i had high hopes but as many say his passing in poor and he seems to run into trouble alot wound be sad to see him go if it was a swap for jenas still a shame though cos he has got potential but hasnt really improved over the last few years
clarkamus
when he signed i had high hopes but as many say his passing in poor and he seems to run into trouble alot wound be sad to see him go if it was a swap for jenas still a shame though cos he has got potential but hasnt really improved over the last few years
clarkamus
have you lot been to VP last season. NRC might not be a maestro on the ball but he's got more fire, passion and grit than the rest put together with the exception of Milner. We would have picked up more points in the second half of the season with NRC adding some spine in place of the feeble partnership of Barry and Petrov. NRC has always given 100% even when played out of position at RB and is the only natural leader at the club now we've lost the great dane. Huddlestone is c**p, overweight, lazy not good enough for any team in the top half of the prem and I wouldn't want him in a villa shirt if spuds gave him away and he played for free.
AVbornandbred
have you lot been to VP last season. NRC might not be a maestro on the ball but he's got more fire, passion and grit than the rest put together with the exception of Milner. We would have picked up more points in the second half of the season with NRC adding some spine in place of the feeble partnership of Barry and Petrov. NRC has always given 100% even when played out of position at RB and is the only natural leader at the club now we've lost the great dane. Huddlestone is c**p, overweight, lazy not good enough for any team in the top half of the prem and I wouldn't want him in a villa shirt if spuds gave him away and he played for free.
AVbornandbred
Huddlestone has more ability in his left toe than Reo Coker has with either foot. Hes useless, never have i seen a player at the Villa who has such lack of skill, passing ablitity and intelligence - Gabby isnt far off. The guy isnt capable of making a 30yard cross field pass ffs, hes never done it in his career. I have more skill than NRC, ive played against loads of players more skilled than NRC, the guy is useless - and not exactly a Spurs type signing. Even there DMs should be able to have ability on the ball.
Mickey_Villa
Huddlestone has more ability in his left toe than Reo Coker has with either foot. Hes useless, never have i seen a player at the Villa who has such lack of skill, passing ablitity and intelligence - Gabby isnt far off. The guy isnt capable of making a 30yard cross field pass ffs, hes never done it in his career. I have more skill than NRC, ive played against loads of players more skilled than NRC, the guy is useless - and not exactly a Spurs type signing. Even there DMs should be able to have ability on the ball.
Mickey_Villa
Have to agree with AVbornandbred. NRC attitude and effort, especially considering he has been played out of position eversince he came to Villa. He was a box to box attacking MF at West Spam. I don't understand why he wasn't given a chance to try that at Villa. Why did Sidwell get the chance to do what NRC has been waiting to do for years? Bring Jenas and Bentley from Spuds, but don't let NRC go in the other direction. And I also agree about Huddlestone, sounds like a bigger, fatter and slower Routledge to me!
villa_de
Have to agree with AVbornandbred. NRC attitude and effort, especially considering he has been played out of position eversince he came to Villa. He was a box to box attacking MF at West Spam. I don't understand why he wasn't given a chance to try that at Villa. Why did Sidwell get the chance to do what NRC has been waiting to do for years? Bring Jenas and Bentley from Spuds, but don't let NRC go in the other direction. And I also agree about Huddlestone, sounds like a bigger, fatter and slower Routledge to me!
villa_de
AVbornandbred - Well said mate - makes me wonder about some "fans".
nazvfc
hahahah NRC for Huddlestone. no way hahahahhahahahhahahah. Do you guys have any idea how talented Hudd is? i would say that Jenas, Palacios, modric, Zokora, Huddlestone and may be even ohara are all better than NRC. so why would we be intrested in bringing in a average midfielder who is not good enough for villa?
Yid_from_India
AVbornandbred - Well said mate - makes me wonder about some "fans".
nazvfc
hahahah NRC for Huddlestone. no way hahahahhahahahhahahah. Do you guys have any idea how talented Hudd is? i would say that Jenas, Palacios, modric, Zokora, Huddlestone and may be even ohara are all better than NRC. so why would we be intrested in bringing in a average midfielder who is not good enough for villa?
Yid_from_India
Sign up Mickey_Villa - he seems to be the answer to our midfield problem - the guys played at the highest parks level there is. You've not been a fan for long then cos I've seen alot worse in the last 45 years or so.
nazvfc
Sign up Mickey_Villa - he seems to be the answer to our midfield problem - the guys played at the highest parks level there is. You've not been a fan for long then cos I've seen alot worse in the last 45 years or so.
nazvfc
we cant get rid of any more players or we'll have the we've done well considering we've got one of the smallest squads in the league quotes from Jan onwards. NRC should be the legs for petrov and huddlestone should we sign him otherwise our midfield will be ten yards off the pace again all season.
themightyatom
we cant get rid of any more players or we'll have the we've done well considering we've got one of the smallest squads in the league quotes from Jan onwards. NRC should be the legs for petrov and huddlestone should we sign him otherwise our midfield will be ten yards off the pace again all season.
themightyatom
would rather NRC than Huddlestone, not a massively strong feelign either way but I do think the Hokey Cokey comes in for some unfarily strong criticism. Then again, I'm not that sure some of the players get on wtih him, the reaction of Young a couple of times to missplaced passes have looked a little over the top so to speak. Who knows!? Who cares?!?
The Fear
would rather NRC than Huddlestone, not a massively strong feelign either way but I do think the Hokey Cokey comes in for some unfarily strong criticism. Then again, I'm not that sure some of the players get on wtih him, the reaction of Young a couple of times to missplaced passes have looked a little over the top so to speak. Who knows!? Who cares?!?
The Fear
ok jokes aside guys - if u think NRC is that great than by all means we shud keep him. but my humble opinion is u can run all u want but if u cant put in decent passes and give away stupid fouls thorough silly tackles then u just not good enough. before u choose to berate me think of how many times he as given the ball away in the stupidiest positions where teams have then scored the resulting opportunities or freekicks against us. when he came on against Man U he was just crap. i wont make any excuses for him - he is just not good enough.
Pablo1978
ok jokes aside guys - if u think NRC is that great than by all means we shud keep him. but my humble opinion is u can run all u want but if u cant put in decent passes and give away stupid fouls thorough silly tackles then u just not good enough. before u choose to berate me think of how many times he as given the ball away in the stupidiest positions where teams have then scored the resulting opportunities or freekicks against us. when he came on against Man U he was just crap. i wont make any excuses for him - he is just not good enough.
Pablo1978
and no i am not referring to just one perfomance from him - i am talking about watch him play collectively ove rmany matches
Pablo1978
and no i am not referring to just one perfomance from him - i am talking about watch him play collectively ove rmany matches
Pablo1978
Almost everyone on here is right BUT if we want to make it into the top 4 or even top 6 regularly then the lack of skill is the problem. You can have all the grit and determination in the world but if you can't do the basics then there is a big problem. I would also like to agree with Mickey_Villa by saying that I have played with players 10 times better than Nige and think that 90 % of the population can pass better than him. He should be a marathon runner, not a footballer!!
Villan444
Almost everyone on here is right BUT if we want to make it into the top 4 or even top 6 regularly then the lack of skill is the problem. You can have all the grit and determination in the world but if you can't do the basics then there is a big problem. I would also like to agree with Mickey_Villa by saying that I have played with players 10 times better than Nige and think that 90 % of the population can pass better than him. He should be a marathon runner, not a footballer!!
Villan444
Just read that Everton are interested in NRC - Moyes must be a c***p manager wanting NRC - according to some NRC's total s***te as a player. Funny all these players that some have played against must be awesome and have been snapped up by some premiership/league team - no? Real madrid then - No? conference No? thought not. I don't profess to be an expert at football (having also played Sunday league back in the 70's/80's) but you don't all half talk a load of ******. when you spout of things like that.
nazvfc
Just read that Everton are interested in NRC - Moyes must be a c***p manager wanting NRC - according to some NRC's total s***te as a player. Funny all these players that some have played against must be awesome and have been snapped up by some premiership/league team - no? Real madrid then - No? conference No? thought not. I don't profess to be an expert at football (having also played Sunday league back in the 70's/80's) but you don't all half talk a load of ******. when you spout of things like that.
nazvfc
Pablo1978, if you want to talk about NRC against ManU, what about when he played RB and had the world number one player, Ronaldo in his pocket? Everyone can have a bad game. I can only remember one howler from him, and that was away at NUFC, when he let someone past (think it was Femi-Martens) and they scored the winner. But otherwise, he had also some great matches!
villa_de
Pablo1978, if you want to talk about NRC against ManU, what about when he played RB and had the world number one player, Ronaldo in his pocket? Everyone can have a bad game. I can only remember one howler from him, and that was away at NUFC, when he let someone past (think it was Femi-Martens) and they scored the winner. But otherwise, he had also some great matches!
villa_de
again though Naz, do you not have opinions on players and managers? I know you, so know you do. Some don't like NRC, that is their opinion, it is valid when they back it up with why they don't like him. That is what football is all about.
The Fear
again though Naz, do you not have opinions on players and managers? I know you, so know you do. Some don't like NRC, that is their opinion, it is valid when they back it up with why they don't like him. That is what football is all about.
The Fear
Coker is the worst footballer in the Villa squad by a mile makes Saifou look like Steve G. I'd pay Spurs to take him , He's a self promoting , nasty piece of work and the sooner he is back in London the better!
Villan57
Coker is the worst footballer in the Villa squad by a mile makes Saifou look like Steve G. I'd pay Spurs to take him , He's a self promoting , nasty piece of work and the sooner he is back in London the better!
Villan57
I now know where I've been going wrong all these years, here's me thinking that keane, viera, petit, batty, etc were the steel that made great sides tick. Obviously an extra pretty passer was the missing ingredient that would have stopped so many teams cutting through our midfield like butter to expose the centre halves last season. Funny how other managers rate NRC and how he was U21 captain talked about as future full captain whilst at Wet Spam but now hes a pub league player...hmmmmm
AVbornandbred
I now know where I've been going wrong all these years, here's me thinking that keane, viera, petit, batty, etc were the steel that made great sides tick. Obviously an extra pretty passer was the missing ingredient that would have stopped so many teams cutting through our midfield like butter to expose the centre halves last season. Funny how other managers rate NRC and how he was U21 captain talked about as future full captain whilst at Wet Spam but now hes a pub league player...hmmmmm
AVbornandbred
The man does a half decent job of winning the ball then just runs like Forrest Gump until he gets tackled and gives the ball away without looking up once. I'm assuming those that are singing Nige's praise have seen him play recently on a regular basis and are all season ticket holders???? Well MON doesn't rate him and even if you are a season ticket holder, then you won't have seen much of him because he has not played much!! Managers rate him because of his work ethic and his energy etc. NOT I repeat NOT because of his amazing skills. For a team trying to get out of relegation and establish themselves in midtable he's perfect but thats as far as it goes. We aren't living in the 60s and 70s when balls were made out of pigs bladders Naz. Balls are also round these days and bounce evenly and players that can't put a decent pass in on the 21st century pitches which are now flat (I know its unbelievable) get shown up like Nige. His energy would be better put to use running a marathon.
Villan444
The man does a half decent job of winning the ball then just runs like Forrest Gump until he gets tackled and gives the ball away without looking up once. I'm assuming those that are singing Nige's praise have seen him play recently on a regular basis and are all season ticket holders???? Well MON doesn't rate him and even if you are a season ticket holder, then you won't have seen much of him because he has not played much!! Managers rate him because of his work ethic and his energy etc. NOT I repeat NOT because of his amazing skills. For a team trying to get out of relegation and establish themselves in midtable he's perfect but thats as far as it goes. We aren't living in the 60s and 70s when balls were made out of pigs bladders Naz. Balls are also round these days and bounce evenly and players that can't put a decent pass in on the 21st century pitches which are now flat (I know its unbelievable) get shown up like Nige. His energy would be better put to use running a marathon.
Villan444
I'm a season ticket holder. NRC? Alright by me, his strength last season was covering the back four from midfield - when he played there. No he isn't a rb, but he didn't complain either and did his best. Good squad player and why not give him a go where he used to captain the under 21s?
Gordonsleftboot
I'm a season ticket holder. NRC? Alright by me, his strength last season was covering the back four from midfield - when he played there. No he isn't a rb, but he didn't complain either and did his best. Good squad player and why not give him a go where he used to captain the under 21s?
Gordonsleftboot
How many times have we all said, "good tackle, get in there", only to be followed by "what the **** was that?"?
Beovilla
How many times have we all said, "good tackle, get in there", only to be followed by "what the **** was that?"?
Beovilla
Spurs are trying to get rid of Zokora why replace him with another headless chicken that would struggle to play pass the parcel.
TeddyLyon
Spurs are trying to get rid of Zokora why replace him with another headless chicken that would struggle to play pass the parcel.
TeddyLyon
Just to echo AVbornandbred & villa_de, as a season ticket holder I seriously rate NRC and am positive we would have picked up more points in the run in had he at least been brought on in some 2nd halves let alone started. He's the most natural leader we have, extremely vocal, Laursen and Barry were decent captains but lead by example which is only ok if you can get in the game. Pound for pound he has to be one of the strongest players in the game, he dominated Ronaldo 3 times and i could not believe he didnt start at Old Trafford. in the home game he did Ronaldo down the line at about 10 minutes and that was the end of CR7s game. From where i sit on halfway line in Doug Ellis, he often never got passes off were because he didnt have any options, he gave it to Mellberg playing rightback once who promptly miskicked and lost possession and never wanted to give it to him again. Petrov and Barry just stare at him rather than make any runs so he panics and boots it down the line, more often than not going out of play. I personally think that he should play in front of back 4 with a creative playmaker demanding the ball off his feet. I love MON but his underuse of some players is criminal and cost us over the course of the season. Saying that i dont expect MON to let him go unless player requests it, just give him more minutes!!
MOGVILLA
Just to echo AVbornandbred & villa_de, as a season ticket holder I seriously rate NRC and am positive we would have picked up more points in the run in had he at least been brought on in some 2nd halves let alone started. He's the most natural leader we have, extremely vocal, Laursen and Barry were decent captains but lead by example which is only ok if you can get in the game. Pound for pound he has to be one of the strongest players in the game, he dominated Ronaldo 3 times and i could not believe he didnt start at Old Trafford. in the home game he did Ronaldo down the line at about 10 minutes and that was the end of CR7s game. From where i sit on halfway line in Doug Ellis, he often never got passes off were because he didnt have any options, he gave it to Mellberg playing rightback once who promptly miskicked and lost possession and never wanted to give it to him again. Petrov and Barry just stare at him rather than make any runs so he panics and boots it down the line, more often than not going out of play. I personally think that he should play in front of back 4 with a creative playmaker demanding the ball off his feet. I love MON but his underuse of some players is criminal and cost us over the course of the season. Saying that i dont expect MON to let him go unless player requests it, just give him more minutes!!
MOGVILLA
MOGVILLA I sit in the Upper Holte (and yes am a season ticket holder Villain444) and its amazing we see the same game, maybe its somewhere else in the ground (or the sofa) that has restricted views. I have never claimed NRC is a silky ball player but good quality players would appreciate what he does and come short to recieve the ball. NRC should be the engine that allows the skills of others to flourish and stops giving our central defence a thankless task that makes them look crap.
AVbornandbred
MOGVILLA I sit in the Upper Holte (and yes am a season ticket holder Villain444) and its amazing we see the same game, maybe its somewhere else in the ground (or the sofa) that has restricted views. I have never claimed NRC is a silky ball player but good quality players would appreciate what he does and come short to recieve the ball. NRC should be the engine that allows the skills of others to flourish and stops giving our central defence a thankless task that makes them look crap.
AVbornandbred
Sorry guys, I wasn't trying to belittle those who don't have Season Tickets but just thought that those that see Nige every week should know how diabolical his distribution is or more likely don't see him every week because MON has worked out that there are much better players than him in his position. Good points about having Ronaldo in his pocket which was very true at home but he doesn't have a clue about playing a simple short ball to someone who can distribute or dribble better which is clearly what he should do, instead he thinks that he is capable of taking on the whole opposition team single handed. We were winning before he came on at Manure away this year though and both goals came from build up play on his side. Newcastle, last game of the season, he gave the magpies their best chance of the game by winning the ball and running into trouble and giving it back to them. MOGVILLA, Petrov or Barry never run into trouble and neither does anyone else on the team. Nige talks a good game but he doesn't walk the walk and most of the Westaaam fans blamed him for their demise when he was there. When he was a regular all he did (other than giving the ball away )was pass 50-60 yards back to the keeper regularly. Maybe he needs specs and can't see a simple pass and maybe his fitness is too high and its affecting his touch, I don't know. There are much better players than him around including in our team and bringing him back as a regular to feebly attempt to replace GB will be a travesty IMHO.
Villan444
Sorry guys, I wasn't trying to belittle those who don't have Season Tickets but just thought that those that see Nige every week should know how diabolical his distribution is or more likely don't see him every week because MON has worked out that there are much better players than him in his position. Good points about having Ronaldo in his pocket which was very true at home but he doesn't have a clue about playing a simple short ball to someone who can distribute or dribble better which is clearly what he should do, instead he thinks that he is capable of taking on the whole opposition team single handed. We were winning before he came on at Manure away this year though and both goals came from build up play on his side. Newcastle, last game of the season, he gave the magpies their best chance of the game by winning the ball and running into trouble and giving it back to them. MOGVILLA, Petrov or Barry never run into trouble and neither does anyone else on the team. Nige talks a good game but he doesn't walk the walk and most of the Westaaam fans blamed him for their demise when he was there. When he was a regular all he did (other than giving the ball away )was pass 50-60 yards back to the keeper regularly. Maybe he needs specs and can't see a simple pass and maybe his fitness is too high and its affecting his touch, I don't know. There are much better players than him around including in our team and bringing him back as a regular to feebly attempt to replace GB will be a travesty IMHO.
Villan444
And AVbornandbred, what are you on about? Keane, Viera, Petit are all world class and all scored goals or assisted other players regularly. Thats why they made their respective teams tick. How can you possibly compare the first 2 (probably if not definitely the best 2 all round midfielders the Prem has ever known) to our Nige???? Are you sure that you don't have a restricted view????
Villan444
And AVbornandbred, what are you on about? Keane, Viera, Petit are all world class and all scored goals or assisted other players regularly. Thats why they made their respective teams tick. How can you possibly compare the first 2 (probably if not definitely the best 2 all round midfielders the Prem has ever known) to our Nige???? Are you sure that you don't have a restricted view????
Villan444
Everone knows Vieira and Keane based there entire game on Nigel.
MOGVILLA
Everone knows Vieira and Keane based there entire game on Nigel.
MOGVILLA
 

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