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Do Villa Need Any More Strikers?

Ok, well as mentioned in the transfer rumours earlier, former Charlton striker Darren Bent has completed his move from Spurs to Sunderland and as said earlier, I must admit I'm really surprised Martin O'Neill didn't fancy Bent, I thought he'd be perfect as he is on the fringes of the England set up, is young (25) and has the handy knack that people seem to like in strikers, he shoots and scores!

I would say that there was definitely no interest from us despite some press links, mainly because if we had been interested, we'd have bid for sure and also a few press guys I spoke with said they'd been steered away from that and the David Beckham links.

Just wondering now though, are we looking to start the season with the strikers we have already only?

John Carew was on red hot form at the end of the season but he is injury prone (not being disparaging but the same as Heskey, he is a big lad and big lads often to pick up a lot of injuries, just as Dean Ashton of West Ham!). JC when hot is really hot but I think it is fair to say (some will disagree no doubt) he does also at times disappear at points in a season. All in all I'd say he was our top striker, after the Ajax and Moscow games he slipped in the pecking order but that seemed to have given him the kick up the backside and once he returned from injury he started showing us what all the fuss was about and sort of showed he was more than just a good song!

Gabby Agbonlahor? Still potential for sure, he won't have caught the England managers eye let alone MON's if he didn't but he is young and certainly not at his peak and we all (?) know at times that he can blow hot and cold. He seems to score in bursts then goes on quite long dry spells and yet he does seem to be the first strikers name on the teamsheet, remember the jeering last year when he was subbed? I still say that wasn't directed at the player, it was more a jeer to the manager as it had been obvious for a while (ok, I say obvious, I do realise we aren't the manager and football isn't run by committee, the manager makes these decisions, no one else... thought I'd clarify!) that he'd been out of form and maybe needed taking out the firing line.

There are those that also think he might move to the wing as opposed to an out and out striker - one of the reasons might be he doesn't always seem to show the predator instinct of scoring the tap ins etc... There were a few very bad misses last season, again not a criticism, just an observation!

Then we have good old Emile Heskey, well he doesn't actually shoot or score very often does he? Again, he is obviously fancied and must have a use as numerous England managers have used him and he's moved to different clubs through his career including Liverpool, but he gets a lot of injuries and his scoring ratio isn't very high at all. For us it is awful. Maybe this season after a pre-season etc, he'll have slotted in and start showing us all what we can do but...... ?

Surely Marlon Harewood will exit before the start of the season and then we have the great prospect that is Nathan Delfouneso who MON yesterday insisted was not going out on loan. Is he going to be used more? I'd bet in cup games he'll get more of a run but we can't over rush these players can we?

So do we not need another striker? What do you think? Let us know in our latest poll and in the article comments/forum.

Last time I asked about priorities in a poll, strikers didn't come that high in the order:

Where do Villa most need to strengthen?

Poll Date: 09 Jul 2009
Suggested By: lee9679

Central defence 72%
Central midfield 15%
Up front 6%
Goalkeeper 4%
Right-back 1%
Left-back 1%
Wing 1%


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 7 2009

Time: 2:02PM

Your Comments

Surprised we didn't go for Crouch or Bent, both England players, which is what MON likes the most.
The Fear
Surprised we didn't go for Crouch or Bent, both England players, which is what MON likes the most.
The Fear
given that we lost very strong mid and CB players, those were the places most needed to improve however i think a striker is defo needed
Astonian Villan
just heard ashley young having a medical tottenham
dc_1986_spurs
given that we lost very strong mid and CB players, those were the places most needed to improve however i think a striker is defo needed
Astonian Villan
just heard ashley young having a medical tottenham
dc_1986_spurs
just heard that Daniel Levy is *****ing his money away at Tottenahm again
briann11
just heard that Daniel Levy is *****ing his money away at Tottenahm again
briann11
Remember the 0-0 draw with Wigan at Villa Park in season 08/09. The problem didn't seem to be the strikers not trying. It seemed to be the route one/lack of a plan B or C approach (plus, admittedly some stirling defending by Wigan). What Villa needed then (and now) is a creative spark in the middle, some guile and imagination. It would surely have unlocked Steve Bruce and co's defence. Playing JC and Heskey together is also, surely, a pointless exercise.
VillaWillRiseAgain
What is it with these spurs fans what aload of *****s, anyway we need a out and out goalscorer like Owen, would have been happy with Bent, think we may end up with Tuncay who i really rate but dont think he will score 4 fun.
astonsteve
Remember the 0-0 draw with Wigan at Villa Park in season 08/09. The problem didn't seem to be the strikers not trying. It seemed to be the route one/lack of a plan B or C approach (plus, admittedly some stirling defending by Wigan). What Villa needed then (and now) is a creative spark in the middle, some guile and imagination. It would surely have unlocked Steve Bruce and co's defence. Playing JC and Heskey together is also, surely, a pointless exercise.
VillaWillRiseAgain
What is it with these spurs fans what aload of *****s, anyway we need a out and out goalscorer like Owen, would have been happy with Bent, think we may end up with Tuncay who i really rate but dont think he will score 4 fun.
astonsteve
lighten up lads ffs! the post above about young is obviously just a ***** take, you lot really do take things to seriously....and do you need a striker? i think that is a very obvious yes!...i think your gonna struggle to match your 6th place finish last season, having lost barry and laursen...delph and downing are not going to provide the goals you need, or add to the steel needed to replace the 2 big players lost...anyways, its all good news to spurs who now have a very strong squad imo, would be very surprised if were not fighting for 5th on the last day of the season....i think top 8 for villa
lillywhites101
lighten up lads ffs! the post above about young is obviously just a ***** take, you lot really do take things to seriously....and do you need a striker? i think that is a very obvious yes!...i think your gonna struggle to match your 6th place finish last season, having lost barry and laursen...delph and downing are not going to provide the goals you need, or add to the steel needed to replace the 2 big players lost...anyways, its all good news to spurs who now have a very strong squad imo, would be very surprised if were not fighting for 5th on the last day of the season....i think top 8 for villa
lillywhites101
You didn't see our youngsters play in the peace cup did you lilyallen? We're not looking weakened a whole lot without the likes of barry, we seem released by him... as for laursen, we've not had him most of last season and we didn't have a settled cuellar in centre back like we appear to haven ow. We've not even finished bringing in new recruits either.
johnnyuk
You didn't see our youngsters play in the peace cup did you lilyallen? We're not looking weakened a whole lot without the likes of barry, we seem released by him... as for laursen, we've not had him most of last season and we didn't have a settled cuellar in centre back like we appear to haven ow. We've not even finished bringing in new recruits either.
johnnyuk
We will soon see lillywhites101 at the end of the season, u may not be that confident then.
astonsteve
We will soon see lillywhites101 at the end of the season, u may not be that confident then.
astonsteve
We need a pacey striker with good compusure. Not sure if there's any of them in England so MON will have to look abroad, which he wont, so we won't sign a striker.............Vagnor Love would be my realistic choice as MON as seen him play twice and he tore our defence apart on both occasions
son_of_cher
We need a pacey striker with good compusure. Not sure if there's any of them in England so MON will have to look abroad, which he wont, so we won't sign a striker.............Vagnor Love would be my realistic choice as MON as seen him play twice and he tore our defence apart on both occasions
son_of_cher
Didnt we hear this crap from spurs last season?!, The whole club is full of dreamers including lillypad! While they won the Asia cup beating the mighty Hull City, we were winning the Peace cup beating Porto and Juve etc with our reserves and kids! Old Twitchy Arry Redface will be back at Pompey before the season ends.
johnmurphy3112
Didnt we hear this crap from spurs last season?!, The whole club is full of dreamers including lillypad! While they won the Asia cup beating the mighty Hull City, we were winning the Peace cup beating Porto and Juve etc with our reserves and kids! Old Twitchy Arry Redface will be back at Pompey before the season ends.
johnmurphy3112
need a third dimension, id say tuncay or gudjonson.
..doctorwho..
need a third dimension, id say tuncay or gudjonson.
..doctorwho..
We definitely need a 20 goal a season man. Carew has the potential to score 15, Gabby about 8, Heskey 5, Fonz 3, Harewood ??? We need an Owen/Defoe type...badly.
olofthegreat
We definitely need a 20 goal a season man. Carew has the potential to score 15, Gabby about 8, Heskey 5, Fonz 3, Harewood ??? We need an Owen/Defoe type...badly.
olofthegreat
Olof are you on drugs? Gabby for 8 goals. He has scored more than that in both of the last 2 seasons. And how come 2 seasons ago we were the third top scorers in the country with a strike force of Harewood, Carew, and Gabby. I don't recall us having this mythical 20 goals a season man when we scored 4 against Spuds, Bolton and Chelski, 5 against the Dildo Salesmaen from Somali Heath and 6 at Derby. And as for strike rate you mat find it interesting to know that Carews goals per game ratio was the same as Torres's last season. Murderpool players just get hyped more. If Carew did for Murderpool what he did for Villa, the press would have you believe he was the best centre forward in the world. Interesting that the only English players to score more League goals than Gabby last season were both midfielders. The thug Gerrad who bought his way out of a GBH charge (alledgedly) and fat frank at Chelski.
voiceoftheholte
Olof are you on drugs? Gabby for 8 goals. He has scored more than that in both of the last 2 seasons. And how come 2 seasons ago we were the third top scorers in the country with a strike force of Harewood, Carew, and Gabby. I don't recall us having this mythical 20 goals a season man when we scored 4 against Spuds, Bolton and Chelski, 5 against the Dildo Salesmaen from Somali Heath and 6 at Derby. And as for strike rate you mat find it interesting to know that Carews goals per game ratio was the same as Torres's last season. Murderpool players just get hyped more. If Carew did for Murderpool what he did for Villa, the press would have you believe he was the best centre forward in the world. Interesting that the only English players to score more League goals than Gabby last season were both midfielders. The thug Gerrad who bought his way out of a GBH charge (alledgedly) and fat frank at Chelski.
voiceoftheholte
Spurs fan here, I think your team is very good and you dont need any strikers at the moment. I do not know about your youth players but it does seem to me your team does lack squad depth so we will see in a couple of weeks time. Personally I think it will be a very good season this year with so many teams fighting for the 'best of the rest' spot.
taniban
Spurs fan here, I think your team is very good and you dont need any strikers at the moment. I do not know about your youth players but it does seem to me your team does lack squad depth so we will see in a couple of weeks time. Personally I think it will be a very good season this year with so many teams fighting for the 'best of the rest' spot.
taniban
voice, don't need persnal comments ... goes for everyone...! Send me any drugs for safe keeping please! :o)
The Fear
voice, don't need persnal comments ... goes for everyone...! Send me any drugs for safe keeping please! :o)
The Fear
thanks taniban, good to get an 'outside' view. Think we need another to be honest, Gabby is up and coming, Heskey is possibly the other end of the scale (being pc!) and The Fonz is young and fab prospect but can't play week in week out yet.
The Fear
thanks taniban, good to get an 'outside' view. Think we need another to be honest, Gabby is up and coming, Heskey is possibly the other end of the scale (being pc!) and The Fonz is young and fab prospect but can't play week in week out yet.
The Fear
johnyuk keep kidding yourself about some pocksy pre season cup (but go on remind me about the real cup you won in the early 80's yawwwnnnnn) as for the asia cup, do you hear me mention it???....fact is your best striker is in his twilight years, and very injury prone...apart from him gabby is prob next best but hardly a prolific striker (is he really even a proper centre foward)....you have lost your best player in the middle and your best at the back...the players you have bought in are either no way on the same level (downing) or are gonna take time to really make an impact, after stepping up 2 leagues (delph) or are just squad type players (beye)...but you just keep thinking you can push on from last season!
lillywhites101
johnyuk keep kidding yourself about some pocksy pre season cup (but go on remind me about the real cup you won in the early 80's yawwwnnnnn) as for the asia cup, do you hear me mention it???....fact is your best striker is in his twilight years, and very injury prone...apart from him gabby is prob next best but hardly a prolific striker (is he really even a proper centre foward)....you have lost your best player in the middle and your best at the back...the players you have bought in are either no way on the same level (downing) or are gonna take time to really make an impact, after stepping up 2 leagues (delph) or are just squad type players (beye)...but you just keep thinking you can push on from last season!
lillywhites101
I'm suprised we never went in for Owen when we had the chance, 10m for Bent is a bargin, I was also shocked we never tried to get Defoe before he left Pompy to Spurs, i think if he stepped in when Agbonlahor was burning out i really dont think we would of had such a bad run at the end.
Villa 4 Ever
I'm suprised we never went in for Owen when we had the chance, 10m for Bent is a bargin, I was also shocked we never tried to get Defoe before he left Pompy to Spurs, i think if he stepped in when Agbonlahor was burning out i really dont think we would of had such a bad run at the end.
Villa 4 Ever
 

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