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Cuellar Suspended, Who Will Play Right Back?

Carlos Cuellar was sent off at Goodison Park this weekend against Everton, and although many fans expect Luke Young will be the man to replace him during his suspension, those of us who have followed Martin O`Neill`s squad selection closely over the past few years know that he is capable of doing the unexpected and playing someone out of position at right back.

So who do you think O`Neill will select at right back? There are possibly 10 contenders, here is a run down:-

Luke Young - the obvious choice, probably our strongest option at rightback but having sat on the bench for our last 3 fixtures, he has possibly fallen down the pecking order, or more likely O`Neill has allowed Cuellar to continue there following some solid displays

Habib Beye - signed from Newcastle in the summer, he has played a handful of games, but didn`t do enough to hold down a place when Dunne and Collins joined forcing Cuellar out onto the right hand side

Nigel Reo-Coker - has been out of the side in recent weeks, but did play at right back quite often last season, it was felt he was a better right back that Nicky Shorey was a left back.

James Milner - has filled in there in the last few minutes of games this season and also had a go at left back for England recently, O`Neill may see Jimmy as the answer to the right back problem that has caused so many issues over the last 3 seasons

Craig Gardner - NRC may have been the midfielder who played at right back last season but the season before it was young Craig, maybe O`Neill will recall him to the starting 11

Eric Lichaj - the youngster enjoyed a run in the side during pre-season maybe this will be his chance to stake a claim on a regular place?

Ciaran Clark - like Eric, Ciaran has impressed in friendlies and on his league debut too, he will be hoping to break into the side sometime in the near future

Emile Heskey - O`Neill played Heskey at right back for 10 minutes in the Everton game following Carlos` sending off, maybe it was a sign of things to come?

Brad Guzan - why not? He certainly wouldn't give away any penalties!

Marlon Harewood - maybe he could be recalled from his loan to Newcastle? He might not be a right back but he would give 110%.



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The Journalist

Writer: Dan Jones  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 2 2009

Time: 3:13PM

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another pop at MON eh YJ? when you gonna leave it eh?
benham
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02/11/2009 15:19:00

another pop at MON eh YJ? when you gonna leave it eh?
benham
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02/11/2009 15:19:00

plus lichaj is out on loan, he got sent off im sure he did
benham
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02/11/2009 15:20:00

plus lichaj is out on loan, he got sent off im sure he did
benham
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02/11/2009 15:20:00

Heskey did a brilliant job there on Saturday, would love to see him given an extended run at full back.
young_jonah
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02/11/2009 15:21:00

Heskey did a brilliant job there on Saturday, would love to see him given an extended run at full back.
young_jonah
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02/11/2009 15:21:00

you forgot nicky shorey too, hes got more chance of playing there than heskey
benham
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02/11/2009 15:22:00

you forgot nicky shorey too, hes got more chance of playing there than heskey
benham
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02/11/2009 15:22:00

Heskey has already played there mate, Shorey hasn't
young_jonah
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02/11/2009 15:24:00

Heskey has already played there mate, Shorey hasn't
young_jonah
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02/11/2009 15:24:00

He may play Warnock there and put Luke Young at left back
young_jonah
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02/11/2009 15:25:00

He may play Warnock there and put Luke Young at left back
young_jonah
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02/11/2009 15:25:00

won't happen luke young will play its obvious
benham
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02/11/2009 15:28:00

won't happen luke young will play its obvious
benham
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02/11/2009 15:28:00

obvious to 40,000 Villa fans that Luke Young should play but it was obvious that luke Young should play before Cuellar got himself suspended it didn't happen. MON is a one off he's just as likely to play Beye as Young just to prove who the gaffer is !
villan57
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02/11/2009 15:45:00

obvious to 40,000 Villa fans that Luke Young should play but it was obvious that luke Young should play before Cuellar got himself suspended it didn't happen. MON is a one off he's just as likely to play Beye as Young just to prove who the gaffer is !
villan57
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02/11/2009 15:45:00

Agbonlahor - Well he has the pace....!
FootyFans
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02/11/2009 16:00:00

Agbonlahor - Well he has the pace....!
FootyFans
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02/11/2009 16:00:00

Why no mention of Carew to right back? Move Dunne to left back, Warnock to centre forward and Guzan to right wing to give Milner a rest.
voiceoftheholte
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02/11/2009 16:03:00

Why no mention of Carew to right back? Move Dunne to left back, Warnock to centre forward and Guzan to right wing to give Milner a rest.
voiceoftheholte
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02/11/2009 16:03:00

David Beckham will play there when he signs for us next week
johnnyuk
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02/11/2009 16:04:00

David Beckham will play there when he signs for us next week
johnnyuk
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02/11/2009 16:04:00

Perhaps MON was bullied as a child by a gang of nasty Right backs. What's the point of buying 2 x specialists in a certain position to sit them on the bench next to each other, then to bring on a centre midfielder in the position that they have practiced all their lives????
Villan444
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02/11/2009 16:12:00

Perhaps MON was bullied as a child by a gang of nasty Right backs. What's the point of buying 2 x specialists in a certain position to sit them on the bench next to each other, then to bring on a centre midfielder in the position that they have practiced all their lives????
Villan444
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02/11/2009 16:12:00

villan57 - Luke Young wasn't fit. And Cuellar's done a great job at right back, I think it's a matter of him not losing the shirt. I think Young will come in now and will cement his place. Beye has been good but he was only signed as a backup to Young who was one of the big successes of last season imo.
claret&blue82
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02/11/2009 16:44:00

villan57 - Luke Young wasn't fit. And Cuellar's done a great job at right back, I think it's a matter of him not losing the shirt. I think Young will come in now and will cement his place. Beye has been good but he was only signed as a backup to Young who was one of the big successes of last season imo.
claret&blue82
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02/11/2009 16:44:00

sounds like a plan voice... I think I'd go for Heskey, was a laugh on Saturday to see him there (and to be fair, it was late on !) No, this is easy management now for O'Neill, he has his proper right back to go straight back in now, can't see Carlos getting a look in once Luke is back in. Got to be surely?
The Fear
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02/11/2009 17:10:00

that is a theory I've not ready before Villan444, lol, like it!
The Fear
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02/11/2009 17:10:00

sounds like a plan voice... I think I'd go for Heskey, was a laugh on Saturday to see him there (and to be fair, it was late on !) No, this is easy management now for O'Neill, he has his proper right back to go straight back in now, can't see Carlos getting a look in once Luke is back in. Got to be surely?
The Fear
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02/11/2009 17:10:00

that is a theory I've not ready before Villan444, lol, like it!
The Fear
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02/11/2009 17:10:00

I hope L. Young goes straight in. Will be great to see him back in a villa shirt. I dont think MON shows much faith in his players sometimes. You have Beye who is a new signing who wont play, i cant see him breaking into the team. Shorey too. But i suppose that at the time we were going to play in Europe. I can see Beye playing against Bolton so L. Young isnt rushed too much.
arc1988
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02/11/2009 17:57:00

I hope L. Young goes straight in. Will be great to see him back in a villa shirt. I dont think MON shows much faith in his players sometimes. You have Beye who is a new signing who wont play, i cant see him breaking into the team. Shorey too. But i suppose that at the time we were going to play in Europe. I can see Beye playing against Bolton so L. Young isnt rushed too much.
arc1988
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02/11/2009 17:57:00

We will go 4th if we beat West Ham, with Carlos at right back helping our steady start but people still have a dig. As anyone who has played football knows, anyone can play right back it is not a particularly specialised position. Can anyone name a rightback that has been a teams best player? Complain about the defence selection when they concede a hatful of goals not because of your preconceived ideas of what a fullback is. You might find it all highly amusing but it's just depressingly monotonous
General Disarray
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02/11/2009 18:01:00

We will go 4th if we beat West Ham, with Carlos at right back helping our steady start but people still have a dig. As anyone who has played football knows, anyone can play right back it is not a particularly specialised position. Can anyone name a rightback that has been a teams best player? Complain about the defence selection when they concede a hatful of goals not because of your preconceived ideas of what a fullback is. You might find it all highly amusing but it's just depressingly monotonous
General Disarray
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02/11/2009 18:01:00

General Dissaray - Bacary Sagna 2 seasons ago at Arsenal.
los_angeles_villan
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02/11/2009 21:56:00

General Dissaray - Bacary Sagna 2 seasons ago at Arsenal.
los_angeles_villan
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02/11/2009 21:56:00

id like to see bouma, legend, wt number is bouma?
Tr1dent
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02/11/2009 23:16:00

id like to see bouma, legend, wt number is bouma?
Tr1dent
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02/11/2009 23:16:00

wat about Delaney, he was an out and out full back Dissaray. Or better yet what about Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Dennis Irwin
av-jc-86
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03/11/2009 02:22:00

wat about Delaney, he was an out and out full back Dissaray. Or better yet what about Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Dennis Irwin
av-jc-86
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03/11/2009 02:22:00

I was gonna say Cafu, he was immense at AS Roma when they won Serie A a few years ago
young_jonah
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03/11/2009 08:02:00

I was gonna say Cafu, he was immense at AS Roma when they won Serie A a few years ago
young_jonah
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03/11/2009 08:02:00

Id love to see Marlon back, beating his chest like a man possessed, Marlon smash!!!
GUMBOAVFC
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03/11/2009 09:49:00

Id love to see Marlon back, beating his chest like a man possessed, Marlon smash!!!
GUMBOAVFC
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03/11/2009 09:49:00

Daniel Alves?
Ericols_Son
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03/11/2009 12:54:00

Daniel Alves?
Ericols_Son
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03/11/2009 12:54:00

Of course it should be Luke or if not the Beye, but MON wont see it like that! It wouldn't be impossible for him to shift one of the centre backs to the left and play heskey as a centre back! There again, he might just keep Heskey at RB as he already did at Everton. We shouldnt rule out Milner though or even Gardener. In any case, I doubt it will be Luke, because that is what we should be expecting!
villa_de
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03/11/2009 14:02:00

Of course it should be Luke or if not the Beye, but MON wont see it like that! It wouldn't be impossible for him to shift one of the centre backs to the left and play heskey as a centre back! There again, he might just keep Heskey at RB as he already did at Everton. We shouldnt rule out Milner though or even Gardener. In any case, I doubt it will be Luke, because that is what we should be expecting!
villa_de
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03/11/2009 14:02:00

Very good selections but a case of the exception proving the rule.
General Disarray
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03/11/2009 15:26:00

Very good selections but a case of the exception proving the rule.
General Disarray
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03/11/2009 15:26:00

 

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