Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Monny Tested Boro's Resolve

Monny Tested Boro's Resolve

The capture of Stewart Downing shows Monny can be a stubborn man when he identifies his targets, and his determination to get them.

Speaking on the official site today Monny revealed that he did try and tempt Downing in the January window but Boro were adament they weren't going to let him go.

Unless my brain has gone didn't they turn down a bid upwards of £12 million in January but I don't think it was from us?

Comments from Southgate today also confirmed that Monny had been a long term admirer of the player and implied that the deal done this window was better value for money than it would've been earlier, and even Monny conceeds grabbing the player whilst on the mend has helped to keep the price down.

'I think he is an excellent player. He is obviously an exciting signing. The main drawback is that he won't be fit for a few months and of course, that's a problem.

'But I think that affected the fee because we feel we managed to buy an excellent player at a good price. Over the next four years, I believe he will prove very good value.

'He is someone I have been interested in for quite a while. We enquired about him in January but Middlesbrough said 'absolutely no chance.'

'Now, I think his injury has definitely played a part because I think if he had been fit and available to play immediately, there would have been a host of other clubs in for him. We could have been involved in an auction.

'At the moment, we will take our chance and accept that he won't play for quite some considerable time. We acknowledge that.

'He is naturally very down about the injury at the moment because he played a lot of consecutive games for Middlesbrough. But we're hoping when everything is ready he will prove to be the top quality acquisition.'

The main topic of talk is obviously where does he fit in. I don't buy the lines that Downings arrival means Ash is off, either this window or January, so you would expect Downing on the left, Ash to go right and Milly in the middle maybe. Or if all 3 are accomodated in the same squad, do we see the return of Ash to the front two?

All we can be sure of is Downing won't be turning out at right back and we now have competition for Ash's place and alternative options that could and should help us develop a plan B.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



For the very latest Premier League odds




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday July 17 2009
Time: 4:02PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
"He is an excellent player. He is obviously an excellent signing... I believe he will prove very good value." Marty's critics need not say a thing, as he has, with his own words, demonstrated why the only way from here is down.
Albarnista
17/07/2009 16:19:00
0
"He is an excellent player. He is obviously an excellent signing... I believe he will prove very good value." Marty's critics need not say a thing, as he has, with his own words, demonstrated why the only way from here is down.
Albarnista
17/07/2009 16:19:00
0
^What a depressing post above ^ Having said that, I don't really understand what MON is on about when he says Downing can be Barry's successor...
olofthegreat
17/07/2009 16:24:00
0
^What a depressing post above ^ Having said that, I don't really understand what MON is on about when he says Downing can be Barry's successor...
olofthegreat
17/07/2009 16:24:00
0
well everyone thought Young was a waste of money. Downing will be a great buy
Jongekki
17/07/2009 16:26:00
0
well everyone thought Young was a waste of money. Downing will be a great buy
Jongekki
17/07/2009 16:26:00
0
...so he might have cost more than 12mil?????? huhhh? has the world gone mad? downing is worth 5 mil tops. poor signing, i hope MON makes up for it with a big signing like huntelaaaaaar or defour.
ric112
17/07/2009 16:27:00
0
...so he might have cost more than 12mil?????? huhhh? has the world gone mad? downing is worth 5 mil tops. poor signing, i hope MON makes up for it with a big signing like huntelaaaaaar or defour.
ric112
17/07/2009 16:27:00
0
Downing played in the middle a few times for Boro last season and was very impressive so there might be options there for you guys. Gibbo and Lamb at Boro have made it clear the Spurs business practice is not good so that's probably why we reluctantly decided to tell them to shove it. Coming from a Boro fan I would much rather you guys take him than Spurs. At least you are going places and your manager will stick around for a while.
TheSlaven
17/07/2009 16:29:00
0
Downing played in the middle a few times for Boro last season and was very impressive so there might be options there for you guys. Gibbo and Lamb at Boro have made it clear the Spurs business practice is not good so that's probably why we reluctantly decided to tell them to shove it. Coming from a Boro fan I would much rather you guys take him than Spurs. At least you are going places and your manager will stick around for a while.
TheSlaven
17/07/2009 16:29:00
Page 1/4
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Nigel Pearson NOT Aston Villa Bound - Rammed

Phew (for me) and doh (for others!) Nigel Pearson has gone to Derby County

Di Matteo Appointment Close

Late yesterday evening it was reported that further talks between Chairman Steve Hollis and Roberto Di Matteo had taken place...

No Villa Regrets For Amavi

French Left back Jordan Amavi has said he has no regrets about joining Aston Villa last summer, and he's pretty down to earth when it comes to his thoughts...

Xia Has Bigger Plans To Benefit Aston Villa

It's being reported that new owner, or soon to be, Dr Tony Xia is already in talks to purchase a second club.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Roberto Di Matteo would be:
Suggested By: JP Fear
A great appointment31%
A good appointment but I'd prefer a.n.other40%
An average appointment16%
No thanks appointment!13%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
2016 Monaco GP - Qualifying
Latest Vital Boxing News
Burns Set to Make History Tonight
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions861
2.The Fear504
3.kefkat347
4.sirdennis296
5.Fulford254
6.Lerner Out!250
7.JuanPabloAngel228
8.glensider205
9.DeanoVilla175
10.Silhillvilla174
Write for Vital Football