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O'Neill Still To Be Drawn On Heskey

Martin O'Neill is still waiting before responding to Emile Heskey's intimation that he will leave Villa to secure his England place.

Monny is not doubt pouring over the words to come up with a suitably glib response, but rightly he is waiting until he has chance to speak to him directly first.

Commenting to the Birmingham Mail he said:

'You can ask me as much as you want about it, but I won't have anything to say at this moment.'

Monny and the team have had a few extra days break given the international commitments so it's likely the beginning of the week was his first time back in the office and we all know Monny well enough to know he isn't going to react quickly over such comments.

We probably won't hear of any response until a couple of days after the Chelsea game if truth be told.

However, whilst he might not answer the specifics, he does have a genuine message for all of England's hopefuls nonetheless:

'Players need to remember themselves here. The World Cup is not next week, not before Christmas and not even before Easter. It's a long way off.'

More over, Ash has lost his place because his form hasn't been fantastic. Gabby is back in after losing his place, because he's now doing the job and Emile has achieved diddlysquat since joining us, and not only doesn't deserve his Villa place he certainly doesn't deserve his England place.

You can only assume Capello has kept faith with him because Heskey does a job nobody else in the England camp can do, but despite picking up the odd goal he hasn't done a lot for England either.

If I was Heskey I'd be more worried about Carlton Cole or Gabby impressing when they get a chance and putting him down the order than I would be about wanting to turn out regularly for us whilst still falling over at every opportunity and playing like a lump.

If Heskey was playing regularly he'd probably already be out of the squad because Capello would be able to see what us lot have since we wasted 3.5 million on him.

Failing that we all wish him the best, and hope the door doesn't knock him on his arse on the way out.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 14 2009

Time: 12:52PM

Your Comments

its ok Vital coz with how fickle us Villans are he will no doubt score a hattrick against Chelski on saturday and we will be calling him a great striker who should be starting every game for us and England
av-jc-86
All the best Heskey - one good game on his debut and plenty of opportunites to impress. I really bloody hate players complaining when things arent going their way. If he wants to play in the team, then he needs to score. HOW on earth can he complain about it. We play one or two up front. At the moment Gabby is way ahead and Carew is much better than Emile. I honestly think The Fonz should feel hard done by!!! We ALL want him to score IF he is on the pitch on Saturday!! He needs too!!! I just think that anything he could do for us Carew would do better. He would not do well as West Ham or Bolton where Cole and Davies do that particular job. Other teams he would be vital for. I could go on all day about this and make an article in itself but in a nutshell, the England first XI he is vital. He knocks the ball on for Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, Barry and Walcott/Lescott all running in on it through on goal. For Villa Young, Gabby and Milner are all out wide so there is no need for that type of player. Sidwell surges in support at times but we need a target man and natural goalscorer!! He WILL NOT make it at Villa, but there is certainly a place at 8-10 of the other Premiership clubs who use that type of player!!
deano.avfc
its ok Vital coz with how fickle us Villans are he will no doubt score a hattrick against Chelski on saturday and we will be calling him a great striker who should be starting every game for us and England
av-jc-86
All the best Heskey - one good game on his debut and plenty of opportunites to impress. I really bloody hate players complaining when things arent going their way. If he wants to play in the team, then he needs to score. HOW on earth can he complain about it. We play one or two up front. At the moment Gabby is way ahead and Carew is much better than Emile. I honestly think The Fonz should feel hard done by!!! We ALL want him to score IF he is on the pitch on Saturday!! He needs too!!! I just think that anything he could do for us Carew would do better. He would not do well as West Ham or Bolton where Cole and Davies do that particular job. Other teams he would be vital for. I could go on all day about this and make an article in itself but in a nutshell, the England first XI he is vital. He knocks the ball on for Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, Barry and Walcott/Lescott all running in on it through on goal. For Villa Young, Gabby and Milner are all out wide so there is no need for that type of player. Sidwell surges in support at times but we need a target man and natural goalscorer!! He WILL NOT make it at Villa, but there is certainly a place at 8-10 of the other Premiership clubs who use that type of player!!
deano.avfc
Get rid of Emile and bring back the Hare!
melski
Get rid of Emile and bring back the Hare!
melski
Speaking for yourself there av-jc lol
mike_field
Speaking for yourself there av-jc lol
mike_field
Let's just remember who bought Emile Heskey. Heskey can't help the fact that he is rubbish, and that Cappello picks him for England. He also couldn't help it if O'Neill was willing to pay good money for him in January. O'Neill should have known better, but he doesn't, because he's a nincompoop. Blame O'Neill! He's the one who makes the decisions, not Heskey!
Albarnista
Let's just remember who bought Emile Heskey. Heskey can't help the fact that he is rubbish, and that Cappello picks him for England. He also couldn't help it if O'Neill was willing to pay good money for him in January. O'Neill should have known better, but he doesn't, because he's a nincompoop. Blame O'Neill! He's the one who makes the decisions, not Heskey!
Albarnista
Not sure it would be fickle av-jc-86 all anyone wants surely is for Villa to do well, if Heskey gets a hattrick on Saturday, I'd be delighted. In fact if he shot the ball towards goal I'd be semi pleased. Anyone in the claret and blue only has to do his 110% best every game to have the fans behind him I think?
the fear
Not sure it would be fickle av-jc-86 all anyone wants surely is for Villa to do well, if Heskey gets a hattrick on Saturday, I'd be delighted. In fact if he shot the ball towards goal I'd be semi pleased. Anyone in the claret and blue only has to do his 110% best every game to have the fans behind him I think?
the fear
nincompoop...! lol. Not seen that word for years... must try to remember to use that!
the fear
nincompoop...! lol. Not seen that word for years... must try to remember to use that!
the fear
I accept that Emile hasn't done much at Villa Park. Really, you just have to agree with Albie. I just can't understand how O'Neill could ever have thought that Heskey was any good at all. Mind you, I also can't understand how almost every other professional involved with the Premiership also rates Heskey highly. Perhaps I don't know as much as I thought I did.
BobTheBuilder
I accept that Emile hasn't done much at Villa Park. Really, you just have to agree with Albie. I just can't understand how O'Neill could ever have thought that Heskey was any good at all. Mind you, I also can't understand how almost every other professional involved with the Premiership also rates Heskey highly. Perhaps I don't know as much as I thought I did.
BobTheBuilder
Maybe Heskey was just thinking aloud. Disappointed at losing his England place and wondering why that has happened. I can't see him getting it back now, but stranger things happen at sea. There are still a lot of games until the January window and I am sure he will get his chance to impress, or unimpress. It is up to him exactly as MON is hinting, only he can train for himself, get fit for himself, concentrate and play. One thing is for sure, he deserves his chances like everyone else. I havent been impressed with him this season at all, but it annoys me when people start to insult him personally. I wish him all the best what ever happens, he seems like a very decent bloke, even applauding Crouch's goal yesterday. If being a nice bloke got you in the England team, then I am sure he would already have his ticket!
villa_de
Maybe Heskey was just thinking aloud. Disappointed at losing his England place and wondering why that has happened. I can't see him getting it back now, but stranger things happen at sea. There are still a lot of games until the January window and I am sure he will get his chance to impress, or unimpress. It is up to him exactly as MON is hinting, only he can train for himself, get fit for himself, concentrate and play. One thing is for sure, he deserves his chances like everyone else. I havent been impressed with him this season at all, but it annoys me when people start to insult him personally. I wish him all the best what ever happens, he seems like a very decent bloke, even applauding Crouch's goal yesterday. If being a nice bloke got you in the England team, then I am sure he would already have his ticket!
villa_de
Albarnista, I have no idea what MON was thinking of buying a current England international, whatever was he thinking!
steff_the_villan
Albarnista, I have no idea what MON was thinking of buying a current England international, whatever was he thinking!
steff_the_villan
 

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