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MON Not Ruling Out Owen But Has Faith In Gabby

According to The Mirror Martin O'Neill hasn't gone for Michael Owen because he thinks that Gabby Agbonlahor will be England's World Cup striker of choice.

The report by Ralp Ellis repeats the claim that Villa were one of the clubs sent the 'come and get me' brochure on the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker. The report also suggests that MON might be tempted if Owen will take a reduction in his 50 000 a week wage demands and take a more appearance/goal scoring based deal.

The report also quotes ... wait for it... a source. Something that I'm sure you'll agree, is always very exciting...! :o)

The HP says:

'The door isn't closed on Owen because the club will monitor the situation, but the priority for the manager is to strengthen in midfield and defence and he has great faith in Gabby's potential. He has all the attributes of a young Michael Owen.'

Our debate rumbles on in the forum, it is now 38 pages long...Michael Owen Thread - Click Here ... what do you think, a good signing or a waste of time?

Gabby's proflie and goalscoring record on the official site: Click Here

League Goals:

2006/2007 - 37 starts (1 sub appearance) = 9 goals
2007/2008 - 37 starts (0 sub appearance) = 11 goals
2008/2009 - 35 starts (1 sub appearance) = 12 goals

Gabby does seem to fade in and out through a season and goes on very long dry runs goalscoring wise but then again, the lad isn't even 23 until October this year... So what do you think, do you have the same faith in Gabby that MON seems to have?

Our latest poll asks what you think of Gabby v Owen!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 28 2009

Time: 10:53AM

Your Comments

I said yesterday that getting Owen could work out a stroke of genius or a fools folley, suppose none of us will know until it happens!
The Fear
I said yesterday that getting Owen could work out a stroke of genius or a fools folley, suppose none of us will know until it happens!
The Fear
I don't think having faith in Gabby (which I do) is relevant to whether or not we need another striker (which we do). But then the papers have to fill their pages with some drivel I suppose!
Sheriff Kimbo
I don't think having faith in Gabby (which I do) is relevant to whether or not we need another striker (which we do). But then the papers have to fill their pages with some drivel I suppose!
Sheriff Kimbo
We need Owen and perhaps OWEN can help out Agbonlahor to be more consistant and give him the tips he needs......Having Owen as well would also mean Gabby wouldn't get burnt out, We can also have a Combo of Owen and Heskey, Owen and Carew and even Owen, Agbonlahor with Young and Bentley sprinting down either side as well in a counter attack move against teams like Arsenal :P
Villa 4 Ever
We need Owen and perhaps OWEN can help out Agbonlahor to be more consistant and give him the tips he needs......Having Owen as well would also mean Gabby wouldn't get burnt out, We can also have a Combo of Owen and Heskey, Owen and Carew and even Owen, Agbonlahor with Young and Bentley sprinting down either side as well in a counter attack move against teams like Arsenal :P
Villa 4 Ever
One thing is for sure. Gabby needs pressing for his place to keep him on his toes. At the moment there is no-one really pushing him for a starting position and I think his performances in the second half of the season reflected that.
VillaYamYam
One thing is for sure. Gabby needs pressing for his place to keep him on his toes. At the moment there is no-one really pushing him for a starting position and I think his performances in the second half of the season reflected that.
VillaYamYam
i also have faith in gabby but am sure that owen pushing him for his place is exactly what we need to improve consistency up front
clarkamus
i also have faith in gabby but am sure that owen pushing him for his place is exactly what we need to improve consistency up front
clarkamus
agree YamYam, competition for places is what drives the players on, when they know they are an auto choice, I don't think they have the same va va voom!
The Fear
agree YamYam, competition for places is what drives the players on, when they know they are an auto choice, I don't think they have the same va va voom!
The Fear
I think if the price is right, appearance/goals basis Owen would be a great addition. But too risky to have a normal weekly wage. But I would still prefer the other NUFC striker on offer Obafemi Martins. I think he is better than both Gabby and Owen. I would love to see him in a 4-5-1 Villa team with him as the front man. Gabby did very well in that roll too last season, but OFM is more skillfull and clinical IMO, and has more experience.
villa_de
I think if the price is right, appearance/goals basis Owen would be a great addition. But too risky to have a normal weekly wage. But I would still prefer the other NUFC striker on offer Obafemi Martins. I think he is better than both Gabby and Owen. I would love to see him in a 4-5-1 Villa team with him as the front man. Gabby did very well in that roll too last season, but OFM is more skillfull and clinical IMO, and has more experience.
villa_de
Well we need an additional striker to arrive this summer, no doubt about it, someone who can offer us some options and alternatives, someone diferent in technique to what we currently have available, and my own personal choice would be Tuncay from The Boro. I think that he'd be the perfect addition to our strike force, and complemented by better players surrounding him than he enjoyed up at The Riverside, I think he'd certainly improve on his goalscoring stats.
glensider
Well we need an additional striker to arrive this summer, no doubt about it, someone who can offer us some options and alternatives, someone diferent in technique to what we currently have available, and my own personal choice would be Tuncay from The Boro. I think that he'd be the perfect addition to our strike force, and complemented by better players surrounding him than he enjoyed up at The Riverside, I think he'd certainly improve on his goalscoring stats.
glensider
 

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