Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday August 7 2009
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%
Date:Friday August 7 2009
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