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Heskey Determined To Find His Feet

Emile Heskey has admitted he hasn't really settled at Villa since his 3.5 million move from Wigan last January, but he's determined to succeed.

You normally only hear players role out the 'I haven't settled' when they are out of the team, yet Heskey has had more than his fair share of games and the Rapid match for many will stick in their minds...he did nothing, went for nothing, tried nothing and left us as a 10 man team.

Heskey has his strengths, the number of professionals and managers who rate him (ie how exactly is he in the England team?) and his transfer fees over the years show that but we are simply unable to accomodate him in the squad to any use.

He doesn't try hard enough in the 451, he becomes a spare part in a 442 and it appears there is no easy fix for him to justify involvement.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail he admits he hasn't found his feet and whilst he's enjoying being part of the England set up again he realises his form for us needs to improve, and at the very least if it doesn't he knows he'll be out of the England camp again.

Though to me that doesn't ring true...Capello has seen 'sense' in keeping him involved despite his form since January. He believes he can do a job and Heskey's club form seems to matter not in that.

'There are three strikers here, so with the 451 it's difficult.'

First statement to that would be we've only just gone back to the 451 - or is Heskey forgetting Rapid...and Wigan and erm most of the games since last February?

First question would be, how sad do you feel for Harewood and Delfouneso!

He continues to state that with so many games coming up (doesn't really work after Rapid does it) that there should be plenty of rotation and he, like others, needs to be 'on your toes and ready' which is the total opposite from on your backside and going missing in a match.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 9 2009

Time: 4:07PM

Your Comments

So Heskey still hasn't found his feet ... aswell as the net. The guy is so infuriating! Hope he is gone in January. If MO'N had waited until the summer to get the lump for FREE (let's face it, MO'N would determined to get him in) instead of 6 months earlier for 3.5m we'd be in the Champions League now.
StuLinney
So Heskey still hasn't found his feet ... aswell as the net. The guy is so infuriating! Hope he is gone in January. If MO'N had waited until the summer to get the lump for FREE (let's face it, MO'N would determined to get him in) instead of 6 months earlier for 3.5m we'd be in the Champions League now.
StuLinney
If he scores the winner against small heathens Sunday, then he will have you all eating humble pie! Come on big guy, what about it eh? Would go a long way towards finding your feet!
Stourbridge Villan
If he scores the winner against small heathens Sunday, then he will have you all eating humble pie! Come on big guy, what about it eh? Would go a long way towards finding your feet!
Stourbridge Villan
I think we are all missing the point regarding Heskey including MON. Heskey has proved to be successful but only in certain partnerships. It is critical that to get the best out of Heskey is that he needs to play with a goal poaching type of centre forward who only needs a half chance to know where the net is. Unfortunately we do not possess a forward with those abilities and thats why Heskey looks so poor because all the half chances he creates is falling to nobody as our other strikers positional awareness aren't that great. So unless MON signs a player like that Heskey will never fit into to our style of play and 4-4-2 seems an unlikely tactic these days for us.
bannedrico
I think we are all missing the point regarding Heskey including MON. Heskey has proved to be successful but only in certain partnerships. It is critical that to get the best out of Heskey is that he needs to play with a goal poaching type of centre forward who only needs a half chance to know where the net is. Unfortunately we do not possess a forward with those abilities and thats why Heskey looks so poor because all the half chances he creates is falling to nobody as our other strikers positional awareness aren't that great. So unless MON signs a player like that Heskey will never fit into to our style of play and 4-4-2 seems an unlikely tactic these days for us.
bannedrico
Hope he find's them soon ........... it's a bit difficult to play 'FOOT'ball without FEET !!!!
AV-Damo
Hope he find's them soon ........... it's a bit difficult to play 'FOOT'ball without FEET !!!!
AV-Damo
Hope not Stourbridge Villain, doesn't deserve to start ahead of Gabby. And with that, why change a winning team!
footy_fans
Hope not Stourbridge Villain, doesn't deserve to start ahead of Gabby. And with that, why change a winning team!
footy_fans
There at the end of your legs dick head...!!!!
B6_COMPANY
There at the end of your legs dick head...!!!!
B6_COMPANY
I mean Dick head in a nice way...!!!
B6_COMPANY
I mean Dick head in a nice way...!!!
B6_COMPANY
LOL B6 ! he'll probably start looking up his arse for them now !!! .... no no no ! the other end of your legs you fool !
AV-Damo
LOL B6 ! he'll probably start looking up his arse for them now !!! .... no no no ! the other end of your legs you fool !
AV-Damo
"I mean dick head in a nice way" LOL... that is a classic!

Must admit, with him knowing some of the chaps already and obviously having worked with MON, you'd have expected / hoped he'd have settled quicker... good grief!
The Fear
"I mean dick head in a nice way" LOL... that is a classic!

Must admit, with him knowing some of the chaps already and obviously having worked with MON, you'd have expected / hoped he'd have settled quicker... good grief!
The Fear
AV-Damo, B6_COMPANY, I actually LOL'd. Keep it up lads. Anyone hear about Milner's gaff being broken into while on international duty other day? It was touch & go whether they were gonna hit Heskey's house as they weren't sure if he was on the pitch or not.
StuLinney
AV-Damo, B6_COMPANY, I actually LOL'd. Keep it up lads. Anyone hear about Milner's gaff being broken into while on international duty other day? It was touch & go whether they were gonna hit Heskey's house as they weren't sure if he was on the pitch or not.
StuLinney
... ^ The guys might have been looking for Emile's feet @ Milner's. On a serious note though, pretty crap thing to do to Milner.
StuLinney
... ^ The guys might have been looking for Emile's feet @ Milner's. On a serious note though, pretty crap thing to do to Milner.
StuLinney
Give him credit, Heskey has invented a new position - the none-goal scoring striker.
Saurat
Give him credit, Heskey has invented a new position - the none-goal scoring striker.
Saurat
I reckon he left his feet in the england dressing room ....... reports are coming in that he was seen aimlessly wandering around wembley last night looking a little bit lost !!??!!
AV-Damo
I reckon he left his feet in the england dressing room ....... reports are coming in that he was seen aimlessly wandering around wembley last night looking a little bit lost !!??!!
AV-Damo
To be fair, he played better than defoe for England yesterday.
footy_fans
To be fair, he played better than defoe for England yesterday.
footy_fans
LOL, same as his whole career AV-Damo. It was the one on one with the keeper that got me when he tripped over his own legs then kicked the keeper in the chest. If you were playing against him, you'd just have to give him some space and let him cock up himself. His reactions are too slow, his feet aren't on the same wavelength as his head. He's a ****** for someone so big. Hasn't got a powerful OR accurate shot. He hasn't got any tricks to take players on and can't cross either and he is nothing to write home about in the air with his head. His only trick is a gentle knock down or flick on. As the article suggests, this relies WHOLLY on his fellow teammates doing everything else that he lacks. Hopefully MON has seen the light that Heskey is being carried by the rest of the team and his gentle flick on and falling over doesn't justify a place in the squad let alone the team.
Villan444
LOL, same as his whole career AV-Damo. It was the one on one with the keeper that got me when he tripped over his own legs then kicked the keeper in the chest. If you were playing against him, you'd just have to give him some space and let him cock up himself. His reactions are too slow, his feet aren't on the same wavelength as his head. He's a ****** for someone so big. Hasn't got a powerful OR accurate shot. He hasn't got any tricks to take players on and can't cross either and he is nothing to write home about in the air with his head. His only trick is a gentle knock down or flick on. As the article suggests, this relies WHOLLY on his fellow teammates doing everything else that he lacks. Hopefully MON has seen the light that Heskey is being carried by the rest of the team and his gentle flick on and falling over doesn't justify a place in the squad let alone the team.
Villan444
 

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