Writer: Mike Field
Date:Wednesday September 9 2009
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.
Date:Wednesday September 9 2009
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