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The Villa Times - 19/07/2009

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Curtis Davies told Sky Sports News that Stewart Downing is 'top drawer' saying that when the former Boro winger is ready to return, he'll really improve the team adding 'He's the type of signing that can go some way to replacing Gareth. I know he's not going to play in the Gareth role, but he's of that quality and an England international. He's going to push us towards the right direction.'

On the Gareth Barry departure the Villa defender said the team didn't feel negative towards him because he is a mate and has to do what he thinks is right for his own career but admits: 'He is a massive loss. I don't think if any team lost him they would be able to replace him. His ball retention is second to none. He's gone to Manchester City now and we have to look forward. It'll be interesting when he comes to Villa Park.'

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Former Blue nose Nafti in the Sunday Mercury on the gap between Villa and Blues: Click Here

Peterborough Stats Click Here
Glensider Goes All Posh Click Here
Vital Posh on the match: Click Here
Martin O'Neill says he was happy with the 'kids' performance against Peterborough. Some quotes + link to picture gallery and text commentary: Martin O'Neill's Post Posh Verdict

More rubbish about Ashley Young being targeted by other clubs, this time Liverpool join Spurs in the press links. Thought the quotes recently from MON might shut the press up, evidently not! Just dumb reporting.. especially when the price suggested for the red scouse is 20m...! NOWHERE NEAR his value! Full article: Ashley Young IS NOT FOR SALE

Gabby Agbonlahor, James Milner and Craig Gardner will not feature in the Peace Cup pre-season friendly tournament as they have more time off to recover from their England U21 duties. However the other international players return to training this week and John Carew, Brad Friedel, Ashley Young, Stiliyan Petrov and Emile Heskey will be in the squad for the tournament in Spain. MON told the Sunday Mercury: 'The other players will come back and travel with us and we’ll see what they’re like then. I accept that other clubs have done things differently and brought their senior players back earlier but this is the way we’ve planned it.'

We asked what sort of signing you thought Stewart Downing made? Great signing 8% Good signing 67% Average signing 20% Poor signing 5%

Our latest poll asks if Villa will / should buy a 'wow' player!

Saturday's press transfer talk had us linked to Jermaine Jenas of Spurs, a take it or leave it offer for Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph, Kasper Schmeichel on a free from Man City and Sylvain Distin from Pompey: Full links: Saturday's Press Villa Transfer Talk

Steve Wade: Dear at twice the price. It certainly was a long time coming but Villa, at last, seem to have signed their promised twenty-five-million-pound player this week, as Middlesbrough star Stewart Downing put pen to paper and swapped relegated red and white for glorious claret and blue. Full article: Something For The Weekend (243)

Mike Field: Comedy quote of the week goes to new signing Stewart Downing who told the official site when he regains fitness it'll be like Villa have an extra player. He also says that joining Villa has given his spirits a massive boost as he returns from injury, an injury sustained whilst playing against the Villa in a challenge by Petrov at the end of the season - you do wonder, was this an elaborate plan by Monny to get his man? Full quotes: Downing's Return Will Be Like A New Player

Mike Field: 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 adamant 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 concedes grabbing the player whilst on the mend has helped to keep the price down. Full quotes: Monny Tested Boro's Resolve

Mike Field: The agent of Welsh international Andy King has denied reports that Villa have placed a bid for the highly rated central midfielder. No Approach For King

Pretty much a repeat of every other day recently to be honest! Full links: Friday's Press Transfer Talk

That was the week that was by Sheriff Kimbo: The Week In Villa #47 (10/7/09 - 16/7/09)

Thought for the day: A friend of mine suffers from vertigo...sometimes I ring her up just to say ..hi!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 19 2009

Time: 1:00PM

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Though not mentioned in this article, I would like to comment on what O'Neill has said regarding Gareth Barry. As most will know, I'm not one of Martin's biggest fans, but that he is a fundamentally decent bloke has never really been in question, and his comments about GB reported today reinforce that. It is now very clear that Man City were the only club to firmly come in for GB, and that Benitez badly misjudged this whole affair. And given last summer's fiasco, and what has been said subsequently, it is obvious that GB wasn't keen on going to Anfield (despite the presence of his 'bosom buddy' Stevie G). Perhaps we can now have a moratorium on the GB abuse. He's gone to a club who are very serious about what they're doing, and, contrary to what some might believe, seem to be going about their business as sensibly as one possibly can given the way football is. I have always wished GB well as he has been an outstanding servant for Aston Villa, is an outstanding player, and is, both to anyone who knows him, and to reasonable-minded onlookers, a thouroughly decent bloke. He's got plenty of years left in him as a top level player, and he now has the opportunity of attaining the success he craves at his current club. Unfortunately for us Villa fans - and, I think, for GB himself - that success wasn't going to come with Villa.
Albarnista
Though not mentioned in this article, I would like to comment on what O'Neill has said regarding Gareth Barry. As most will know, I'm not one of Martin's biggest fans, but that he is a fundamentally decent bloke has never really been in question, and his comments about GB reported today reinforce that. It is now very clear that Man City were the only club to firmly come in for GB, and that Benitez badly misjudged this whole affair. And given last summer's fiasco, and what has been said subsequently, it is obvious that GB wasn't keen on going to Anfield (despite the presence of his 'bosom buddy' Stevie G). Perhaps we can now have a moratorium on the GB abuse. He's gone to a club who are very serious about what they're doing, and, contrary to what some might believe, seem to be going about their business as sensibly as one possibly can given the way football is. I have always wished GB well as he has been an outstanding servant for Aston Villa, is an outstanding player, and is, both to anyone who knows him, and to reasonable-minded onlookers, a thouroughly decent bloke. He's got plenty of years left in him as a top level player, and he now has the opportunity of attaining the success he craves at his current club. Unfortunately for us Villa fans - and, I think, for GB himself - that success wasn't going to come with Villa.
Albarnista
JP why will this ashley leaving thing not go away, i'm starting to get nervous! it happened with yorke, remember, we never thought he would leave but he did, its happening again.
eltoro
JP why will this ashley leaving thing not go away, i'm starting to get nervous! it happened with yorke, remember, we never thought he would leave but he did, its happening again.
eltoro
 

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