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Stewart Downing To Play In The Centre When Fit?

Stewart Downing To Play In The Centre When Fit?

There is a report in The Express today by John Wragg where Martin O'Neill suggests that Villa new boy and former Boro star Stewart Downing could switch to the centre when fit and compete with Gareth Barry for that berth in the England set up.

Our £12m man can, according to the Villa boss, play in a 'number of positions' explaining 'He can play wide left or wide right, he can play centrally and he can play off the strikers, which he has done many times for Middlesbrough.'

He also says he's had positive reports from Fabio Capello who enquired to the players progress recently. MON is sure if he plays centrally for Villa he could become a 'contender' for that spot in the England team as well.

Interesting, does this mean that is the position he has brought Downing in for? So when people ask when are we replacing Barry, have we already done so with Ashley Young and James Milner remaining in the wings?

MON also says that the players pin (in his broken foot) is removed in September and from there the medical staff can assess how long his recovery will be.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 8 2009
Time: 10:00AM

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ric112
08/08/2009 11:15:00
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uuuggggggghhhhhh
ric112
08/08/2009 11:15:00
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I dont rate downing at all, sorry. :-(
JT_daniel
08/08/2009 11:52:00
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I dont rate downing at all, sorry. :-(
JT_daniel
08/08/2009 11:52:00
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I think he will be a really good player for Villa, whether or not he is the Barry replacement - time will tell I guess. He certainly provides us with more options, with the number of positions he can play - hopefully he can make a quick recovery!
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
08/08/2009 13:03:00
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I think he will be a really good player for Villa, whether or not he is the Barry replacement - time will tell I guess. He certainly provides us with more options, with the number of positions he can play - hopefully he can make a quick recovery!
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
08/08/2009 13:03:00
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I'm sure O'Neill at the time of signing Downing said that he wasn't Barry's replacement. If he is now contradicting his earlier statement we shouldn't be surprised as this would be entirely consistent with his generally muddled thinking. As for Downing challenging Barry for his England place, one can only laugh. Besides the fact that Downing isn't fit to spit on Barry's boots, let alone lace them, Downing will never, ever be able to play as a holding midfielder. He has neither the physical presence, tactical acumen or quality of distribution necessary to play that position. Mr O'Neill, you don't have a clue.
Albarnista
08/08/2009 14:42:00
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I'm sure O'Neill at the time of signing Downing said that he wasn't Barry's replacement. If he is now contradicting his earlier statement we shouldn't be surprised as this would be entirely consistent with his generally muddled thinking. As for Downing challenging Barry for his England place, one can only laugh. Besides the fact that Downing isn't fit to spit on Barry's boots, let alone lace them, Downing will never, ever be able to play as a holding midfielder. He has neither the physical presence, tactical acumen or quality of distribution necessary to play that position. Mr O'Neill, you don't have a clue.
Albarnista
08/08/2009 14:42:00
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Defensively Downing is *****e, Barry was a top player for winning 50/50's and getting tackles in. Downing IMO will only ever play on the wing.
danvilla2
08/08/2009 14:54:00
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Defensively Downing is *****e, Barry was a top player for winning 50/50's and getting tackles in. Downing IMO will only ever play on the wing.
danvilla2
08/08/2009 14:54:00
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