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Milner The Magnificent

Martin O'Neill has paid tribute to our little midfield man James Milner after scoring 2 and creating 2 after 2 games in the middle.

Speaking on the official site following the match today O'Neill in many senses, totally overused the word 'brilliant' when describing Milly.

'James was brilliant, really brilliant.

'It's as if he's played there all his career.'

O'Neill went on to praise Milly's versatility, and raised the subject of him filling in at right back when it's been needed in the past.

'He is a very good footballer and he is thriving here. He has taken his game on a notch, two, maybe even three notches.'

It also seems many fans are in good company with O'Neill who states that he told James at the beginning of the season he thought he could play in the middle, and Monny is obviously delighted to have been proven right.

He's not the only one.

The engine of Milly makes him the perfect middle man, especially as he's not afraid to put his foot on the ball nor get dirty. Use any comparison you want, with his eye for goal and overall play I don't believe it's overhype to mention him as becoming as important to us as the likes of Platty or Tayls were in their day.

As it seems a day for jokes, Monny ended by saying:

'He has even played left back for him (Fabio Capello) - I haven't tried that one yet.'

To read Monny's full comments please Click Here

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 5 2009

Time: 8:10PM

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a class act, on and off the field
clarkamus
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05/12/2009 20:38:00

proud to have him playing for us
clarkamus
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05/12/2009 20:38:00

a class act, on and off the field
clarkamus
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05/12/2009 20:38:00

proud to have him playing for us
clarkamus
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05/12/2009 20:38:00

Good play by Sidwell today, if ony he thought that quick all the time!
RiF
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05/12/2009 21:03:00

Good play by Sidwell today, if ony he thought that quick all the time!
RiF
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05/12/2009 21:03:00

Milner is quite possibly the ideal footballing role model for kids today, I just hope that AVFC can give him the platform as the man he's succeeding in that role, Ryan Giggs, got from MUTD
villan of the north
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05/12/2009 21:24:00

Milner is quite possibly the ideal footballing role model for kids today, I just hope that AVFC can give him the platform as the man he's succeeding in that role, Ryan Giggs, got from MUTD
villan of the north
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05/12/2009 21:24:00

Send him over to us lads! :o)
JT_daniel
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06/12/2009 01:45:00

Send him over to us lads! :o)
JT_daniel
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06/12/2009 01:45:00

Clearly a man very much happy in his surroundings. Wouldn't it be amazing to think he could fullfill his potential and ambitions here at Villa Park?
Adam Deuce
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06/12/2009 02:12:00

Clearly a man very much happy in his surroundings. Wouldn't it be amazing to think he could fullfill his potential and ambitions here at Villa Park?
Adam Deuce
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06/12/2009 02:12:00

Im sure the money boys will be hovering over Milner soon. They can forget that he's claret and blue through and through.
johnmurphy3112
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06/12/2009 09:12:00

Im sure the money boys will be hovering over Milner soon. They can forget that he's claret and blue through and through.
johnmurphy3112
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06/12/2009 09:12:00

Milner is playing on his role.. his such a creative player and loves to run and pass a lot. I think he was a born centre midfielder and now with most of our team fit we got a good chance against United
__villa__
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06/12/2009 09:54:00

Milner is playing on his role.. his such a creative player and loves to run and pass a lot. I think he was a born centre midfielder and now with most of our team fit we got a good chance against United
__villa__
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06/12/2009 09:54:00

Milner is now becoming s match winner, i believe Downing will be a match winner and i also believe Ashley Young could become a match winner too with more experience. Now we just need a really good tough midfielder. Perhaps Reo Coker can be that man. Perhaps now we have Downing here and Milly playing in the centre perhaps try a 4,5,1 with Agbonlahor on hes own. Heskey and Carew go missing far too much in matches for my liking. Friedel, Warnock, Cueller, Dunne, Young, Downing, Milner, Reo Coker, Petrov, Young, Agbonlahor.... A lot of pace with Reo Coker playing as Captain and Petrov trying to bring everyone else into play. It could work.
Villa 4 Ever
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06/12/2009 09:58:00

Milner is now becoming s match winner, i believe Downing will be a match winner and i also believe Ashley Young could become a match winner too with more experience. Now we just need a really good tough midfielder. Perhaps Reo Coker can be that man. Perhaps now we have Downing here and Milly playing in the centre perhaps try a 4,5,1 with Agbonlahor on hes own. Heskey and Carew go missing far too much in matches for my liking. Friedel, Warnock, Cueller, Dunne, Young, Downing, Milner, Reo Coker, Petrov, Young, Agbonlahor.... A lot of pace with Reo Coker playing as Captain and Petrov trying to bring everyone else into play. It could work.
Villa 4 Ever
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06/12/2009 09:58:00

Love milner to bits, got the potential to become a true Villa great.
The Fear
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06/12/2009 10:37:00

Love milner to bits, got the potential to become a true Villa great.
The Fear
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06/12/2009 10:37:00

Jimmy Milner is Brazilian ...
StuLinney
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06/12/2009 12:19:00

Jimmy Milner is Brazilian ...
StuLinney
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06/12/2009 12:19:00

It's the first time we've had aplayer like him since Merson, the key difference being we'll get a decade out of him, unlike the 3 or so years from Merse. He's developing into a really class act.
lorenzo
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06/12/2009 13:26:00

It's the first time we've had aplayer like him since Merson, the key difference being we'll get a decade out of him, unlike the 3 or so years from Merse. He's developing into a really class act.
lorenzo
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06/12/2009 13:26:00

He's nothing like Merse, more like Taylor right now wiyhe perhsp potential to be like Plat
villan of the north
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06/12/2009 15:36:00

He's nothing like Merse, more like Taylor right now wiyhe perhsp potential to be like Plat
villan of the north
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06/12/2009 15:36:00

A different gravey - just a class act - the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool can stick there foreigners! Up the Villa
davidsands1982
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07/12/2009 09:27:00

A different gravey - just a class act - the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool can stick there foreigners! Up the Villa
davidsands1982
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07/12/2009 09:27:00

Erm, was'nt he bought from Newcastle?
JT_daniel
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08/12/2009 11:25:00

Erm, was'nt he bought from Newcastle?
JT_daniel
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08/12/2009 11:25:00

 

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