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Halfhuid -He's Bigger Than Me And You

Shamelessly stolen from the message board, Arsenio's Villa career in a few easy paragraphs.

On January the 7th 2009 it was reported that we'd signed highly rated 17 year old Dutch centre back Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior, the haste of which the deal was completed even stunned top Dutch clubs who'd be eyeing him for ages, at the begining of last year he had a mixed start to his Villa career, he picked up injuries and was in and out of the side, but things seem to have changed at the start of this season as he became a reguler in the u18's defence.

Then in September last year something bizarre happened, our u18's were one down to Ipswich and our main strikers had to come off injured, with no obvious replacements u18's coach Tony McAndrew decided to throw 6'4 defender Arsenio upfront as an emergency striker. It paid off handsomely as he went on to score twice and earn his side a 2-2 draw, for a while he went back to playing central defence but his cameo as a striker was never forgotten by McAndrew and Arsenio made his first start as a striker in a tough away trip at West Brom in the FA Youth Cup last month, and again he showed his class by scoring a 30 yard curler into the top corner to win us the game.

Arsenio Halfhuid

Since then he's played three games upfront and scored four goals, three of which came in the youngsters 4-1 win over Millwall last night in the FA Youth Cup, his record playing as a striker is six goals in five games, and his overall goal record this season is nine goals in eleven starts (14 appearances).

After his hattrick yesterday I felt compelled to write a little piece on him because it looks like he could be a real prospect, he only turned 18 in November but when you look at him you'd think he was Carew's twin brother!!

He's massive but he's got decent pace and he seems to have that 'It factor' in front of goal, he's clinical but he can also score a variety of goals, like yesterday for example the first was a diving header, the second he was one on one and finished easily and the third was a first time strike into the top corner in the box.

Looking back in history the one player i can think of who's switched positions like Halfhuid successfully is Kevin Phillips, he was actually released from Southampton at Halfhuid's age because they thought he was too small for a right-back, so it just goes to show that anything can happen in this game.

The kid clearly has an eye for goal and when you couple that with his physical attributes we just might have a star in the making, hopefully he'll get a chance for the reserves soon.

Two of his goals can be seen on the free AVTV section on the Official Site (his goal against West Brom is in the 'FA Youth cup preview' bit and his 3rd goal yesterday is in the 'youth cup reaction' part).

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Writer: He'sBiggerThanMe&You Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 13 2010

Time: 2:32PM

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oh yes he's JC's Love child just seen his picture!
Villan57
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13/02/2010 15:44:00

oh yes he's JC's Love child just seen his picture!
Villan57
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13/02/2010 15:44:00

added the image to the article. Big lad!
The Fear
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13/02/2010 17:16:00

added the image to the article. Big lad!
The Fear
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13/02/2010 17:16:00

Let's all hope he's as good as Paul Warhurst...
AMS78
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13/02/2010 18:36:00

Let's all hope he's as good as Paul Warhurst...
AMS78
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13/02/2010 18:36:00

Get him into the reserves ASAP ! A lad with an eye for goal ? Just what we need surely ?
ExpatVillaShirt
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14/02/2010 01:43:00

Get him into the reserves ASAP ! A lad with an eye for goal ? Just what we need surely ?
ExpatVillaShirt
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14/02/2010 01:43:00

I've seen him a couple of times now and have liked what I've seen.
godzvilla
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14/02/2010 12:06:00

I've seen him a couple of times now and have liked what I've seen.
godzvilla
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14/02/2010 12:06:00

JESUS CHRIST!!!! He's maaaahoooooosive!! Get him in the reserves. I'm scared of him just looking at the picture....it's almost surreal how big he is. Looks like a good signing by our much maligned scouts.
koolbill
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14/02/2010 12:17:00

JESUS CHRIST!!!! He's maaaahoooooosive!! Get him in the reserves. I'm scared of him just looking at the picture....it's almost surreal how big he is. Looks like a good signing by our much maligned scouts.
koolbill
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14/02/2010 12:17:00

AMS78, oh yes Paul Warhurst, he was amazing for about 3 months after they moved him to centre forward, smashing them in every game from all sorts of ranges, great fun while it lasted
ant1ant1
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14/02/2010 14:15:00

AMS78, oh yes Paul Warhurst, he was amazing for about 3 months after they moved him to centre forward, smashing them in every game from all sorts of ranges, great fun while it lasted
ant1ant1
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14/02/2010 14:15:00

Looks like a number 9 to me, it'll be nice to have one of those again, I really do think every team should have one
ant1ant1
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14/02/2010 14:23:00

Looks like a number 9 to me, it'll be nice to have one of those again, I really do think every team should have one
ant1ant1
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14/02/2010 14:23:00

Probably on my own with this opinion, but from looking at those clips on the 'Official Site', I think the claret shorts and claret socks with claret and blue top looks great, I much prefer the move back to a proper claret, rather than the pink we seemed to be moving towards at one point when we had that top the same as the Danish national side in the nineties
ant1ant1
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14/02/2010 14:30:00

Probably on my own with this opinion, but from looking at those clips on the 'Official Site', I think the claret shorts and claret socks with claret and blue top looks great, I much prefer the move back to a proper claret, rather than the pink we seemed to be moving towards at one point when we had that top the same as the Danish national side in the nineties
ant1ant1
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14/02/2010 14:30:00

I havent seen him yet, but I must make the effort. Still young enough to make the switch. I bet Oneill is keeping a very close eye on his developement. Especially with our impotent bunch of banjo slinging strikers in the first team.
Stig
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15/02/2010 09:03:00

I havent seen him yet, but I must make the effort. Still young enough to make the switch. I bet Oneill is keeping a very close eye on his developement. Especially with our impotent bunch of banjo slinging strikers in the first team.
Stig
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15/02/2010 09:03:00

football manager tells me hes not that good
kainga
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16/02/2010 03:09:00

football manager tells me hes not that good
kainga
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16/02/2010 03:09:00

 

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