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Villa Legend Says Villa NEED A Striker

Former Villa captain Andy Townsend says Villa need more strength up front. Too right!

'I'd still like to see them acquire another striker, one who can improve on the goal output of Heskey and John Carew, one who can lend a hand to Agbonlahor. Times are looking up and there is a Carling Cup semi-final to come, but they're not ready to muscle into the Champions League yet. They need more match-winners first.'

Full article from the man who has much love for Villa and was recently voted by us as the best Premiership captain for Villa: www.dailymail.co.uk/sport

Plus: Best Villa Captain Since PL Start?

Meanwhile Tony Cascarino also joins the chorus that Villa need another striker to be serious contenders. He told the Times Online:

'Aston Villa didn’t offer nearly enough going forward yesterday against Arsenal. Martin O’Neill should consider adding another attacker next month. They’ve got pace, power and directness, but Villa could do with someone more subtle, a striker who is a link-man between the forwards and the midfield — someone like Eidur Gudjohnsen.'

Talking about strikers, forgotten man Marlon Harewood currently on loan up t'north at Newcastle is mentioned in The Mirror today. They claim that Villa want 250 000 loan fee on top of the players 28 000 a week wages. TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND POUNDS?!?!?!?! LOL. Wow! He has scored five goals in 15 games for the Barcodes.

All well and good saying we need a new striker... but who? Where from? How much? Would they sell to us whilst we are doing so well? Would top quality really be available in January? MON has said he isn't looking to spend this January, will our current form and the fact we are 4th and in a semi final change his mind? Why do I have all the questions but no answers? Where did I leave my keys?

One thread on strikers in our forum is the Craig Bellamy thread: CLICK HERE However he has said today somewhere that he isn't looking to leave Man City and that he hasn't fallen out with the board of directors or led any player rebellions. He was however dropped at the weekend!?

Just get the feeling - and it isn't a new problem for us - that with just one quality addition up front we could cause major problems for all comers - especially this season, but without it, the pressure on Gabby is too high as Emile Heskey isn't going to weigh in with that many (he will contribute in other ways but goals is what we need regularly) and John Carew well, love him or hate him, he is nothing short of an enigma and I do worry that he disappears more and more during the winter months. Maybe he'll push on this time but I'll not hold my breath.

A striker, a striker, my kingdom for a striker?! Any ideas folks?!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 28 2009

Time: 5:01PM

Your Comments

Trouble is, who doesn't need a top striker? Think we missed a trick not getting Bent in the summer, MON obviously rates highly what he has but even still, it only takes one injury (Emile and JC are both big guys who do pick up a lot of knocks) and we are short. Then again, there is the 4-5-1 option which does seem to work well for us. Personally I'd have grabbed Owen but there you go, old argument that one!
the fear
Trouble is, who doesn't need a top striker? Think we missed a trick not getting Bent in the summer, MON obviously rates highly what he has but even still, it only takes one injury (Emile and JC are both big guys who do pick up a lot of knocks) and we are short. Then again, there is the 4-5-1 option which does seem to work well for us. Personally I'd have grabbed Owen but there you go, old argument that one!
the fear
We definitely did Fear, Bent would have been perfect and I'm surprised we didn't want him. The only thing I can think of that would have stopped us is Gabby. I think it has to be a confidence game MON's playing because the fact he's started almost all of our games since MON arrived whether he's on it or not is a bit strange. Maybe MON want gabs to believe he's our top man in the hope he will be someday. Hopefully he's right. I'd take Robbie Keane if he's going cheap but I'd like to think MON can do better than that for our last remaining weak point in the squad
PTP
We definitely did Fear, Bent would have been perfect and I'm surprised we didn't want him. The only thing I can think of that would have stopped us is Gabby. I think it has to be a confidence game MON's playing because the fact he's started almost all of our games since MON arrived whether he's on it or not is a bit strange. Maybe MON want gabs to believe he's our top man in the hope he will be someday. Hopefully he's right. I'd take Robbie Keane if he's going cheap but I'd like to think MON can do better than that for our last remaining weak point in the squad
PTP
Bojan Bojan Bojan
jimjim96
Bojan Bojan Bojan
jimjim96
We desperately need another striker, preferably a goalscoring one!!!!!!!!! To be honest O'Neill was probably expecting a little more from carew, who for me has been rubbish & certainly not worthy of the cult status he receives...yes I know he can be unplayable on his day, but he does'nt seem to have many days does he...I think he could be brilliant but all he does is frustrate....If not addressed I see further injuries for Heskey, poor form from big john & a burnt out Gabby(again)....question is, who do we get?????
marcobavfc
We desperately need another striker, preferably a goalscoring one!!!!!!!!! To be honest O'Neill was probably expecting a little more from carew, who for me has been rubbish & certainly not worthy of the cult status he receives...yes I know he can be unplayable on his day, but he does'nt seem to have many days does he...I think he could be brilliant but all he does is frustrate....If not addressed I see further injuries for Heskey, poor form from big john & a burnt out Gabby(again)....question is, who do we get?????
marcobavfc
If Villa want to pack the stadium they need a 'name'. Someone who is going to get the armchairs excited...bring on...David Villa. (There is more chance of me knobbing Rachel Stevens but hey, we can all dream, eh?)
PiperUK
If Villa want to pack the stadium they need a 'name'. Someone who is going to get the armchairs excited...bring on...David Villa. (There is more chance of me knobbing Rachel Stevens but hey, we can all dream, eh?)
PiperUK
PTP you'd like Keane if he's going cheap but you'd like to think you could do better? quick stat Carew+Gabby+Heskey total club goals = 271 Keane = 190 that tells me he is better then any of your strikers and you should be very happy to have him!!
daveeeeed ginola
PTP you'd like Keane if he's going cheap but you'd like to think you could do better? quick stat Carew+Gabby+Heskey total club goals = 271 Keane = 190 that tells me he is better then any of your strikers and you should be very happy to have him!!
daveeeeed ginola
Reading the gossip pages people seem to think that Wenger is after Gignac, which would leave the door open for Chamakh - a top, top player. Think his contract is up in the summer, so he could be available for as little as 4m. Also as much as I hate to agree with him, Cascarino's shout for Gudjohnsen isn't a bad one. Luca Toni another player available on a free. There are definitely options out there. If we can beat Liverpool and stay top4 for another cuople of weeks we might be an attractive option for some players, to tell them 'Come to Villa Park and help us push on!"
YatesyVillain
Reading the gossip pages people seem to think that Wenger is after Gignac, which would leave the door open for Chamakh - a top, top player. Think his contract is up in the summer, so he could be available for as little as 4m. Also as much as I hate to agree with him, Cascarino's shout for Gudjohnsen isn't a bad one. Luca Toni another player available on a free. There are definitely options out there. If we can beat Liverpool and stay top4 for another cuople of weeks we might be an attractive option for some players, to tell them 'Come to Villa Park and help us push on!"
YatesyVillain
yatesy, I would take any of those as they are quality and defo needed.
holte ender 1969
yatesy, I would take any of those as they are quality and defo needed.
holte ender 1969
How about Pavlyuchenko from Spuds? Different type of player to what we've got....
melski
How about Pavlyuchenko from Spuds? Different type of player to what we've got....
melski
You talk about Harewood who is on 28k a week but at the time he was well worth hes weight in gold, he just hasn't been able to perform like some of the shows he used to put on for West Ham, i remember him scoring a hat trick against us. 28k a week scoring 5 goals in 15 games for Newcastle and we have Sidwell on the bench doing bugger all and is on 50,000 a week !!!
Villa 4 Ever
You talk about Harewood who is on 28k a week but at the time he was well worth hes weight in gold, he just hasn't been able to perform like some of the shows he used to put on for West Ham, i remember him scoring a hat trick against us. 28k a week scoring 5 goals in 15 games for Newcastle and we have Sidwell on the bench doing bugger all and is on 50,000 a week !!!
Villa 4 Ever
 

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