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Reo-Coker Set To Do Hokey-Cokey Again?

An article today by James Nursey in The Mirror suggests that Nigel Reo-Coker could be due back from injury way ahead of schedule.

The Hokey-Cokey was meant to be out for up to 3 months but the 25-year-old midfielder is apparently due to re-start training if a specialist gives him the green light next week.

NRC running

James has good contacts so I'd certainly think this is possible. The last time NRC played was v Blackburn in the FA Cup 3rd round. I know he is a marmite player, people seem to love or hate him but he is an extra body and has got some bite.

Will he get back in the team now though? Is Fabian Delph firmly ahead of him in the 3rd choice pecking order?

NRC goal celeb

Must admit, I would be surprised if Hokey-Cokey doesn't move on this summer, his career is stalling with the lack of first team action and he can't be happy being on the bench all the time, he certainly isn't happy when he gets a chance and then is always the first to be subbed, his face says a thousand words as he walks to the bench!


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 4 2010

Time: 11:19AM

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happy days for Villan57, he'll be made up with this news.
The Fear
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04/03/2010 11:23:00

happy days for Villan57, he'll be made up with this news.
The Fear
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04/03/2010 11:23:00

Blimey, where did you find those pic's I didn't even remember who he was or that he played for us!
davidsands1982
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04/03/2010 11:28:00

Blimey, where did you find those pic's I didn't even remember who he was or that he played for us!
davidsands1982
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04/03/2010 11:28:00

I think he's a great player but MON seems to sign players then never use them - Beye, Harewood, Maloney to name a few. Reo-Cokehead is dedicated, works his socks off and can pass the ball well enough (if he gets a run of games) but because he only plays the odd few minutes he can't seem to find his rhythm or consistency. Its a shame, so for his sake I hope he gets a good move and a bit of luck.
Mikey D-Man
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04/03/2010 11:40:00

I think he's a great player but MON seems to sign players then never use them - Beye, Harewood, Maloney to name a few. Reo-Cokehead is dedicated, works his socks off and can pass the ball well enough (if he gets a run of games) but because he only plays the odd few minutes he can't seem to find his rhythm or consistency. Its a shame, so for his sake I hope he gets a good move and a bit of luck.
Mikey D-Man
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04/03/2010 11:40:00

There is something about NRC that I like but cant put my finger on it. Not in a gay way you understand but I would be sorry to see him go. He can never be faulted for his workrate, energy, passion or commitment its just when it comes to passing and contributing to the team going forward that he falls down and that is obviously a vital ingrediant in a midfielders play. Would rather see Sidwell depart than NRC if 1 had to go to balance the books. If MON used the squad he put together a bit more then he could keep everyone happy and they would all play enough games.
whvilla
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04/03/2010 12:06:00

There is something about NRC that I like but cant put my finger on it. Not in a gay way you understand but I would be sorry to see him go. He can never be faulted for his workrate, energy, passion or commitment its just when it comes to passing and contributing to the team going forward that he falls down and that is obviously a vital ingrediant in a midfielders play. Would rather see Sidwell depart than NRC if 1 had to go to balance the books. If MON used the squad he put together a bit more then he could keep everyone happy and they would all play enough games.
whvilla
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04/03/2010 12:06:00

unlike the other in your list Mikey Reo was also very expensive so should have been and still should be given a run of games in a 451 formation with Delph in the middle and drop Petrov - sorry still not convinced by him (Don't shout at me!!!)
davidsands1982
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04/03/2010 12:06:00

Martin buys players who when brought, improve the team. But the logic in letting them go if he doesn't like them doesn't always make sense. For example: selling the Ginger Ninja or hokey coker before we have replaced them on the bench would succeed In only 1 thing.. Strengthening the teams around us. Coker at fulham or sidwell at stoke, just creates stronger opposition. Martin needs to hold onto these players, at least until we can pull far enough away from the chasing pack, in terms of SQUAD quality. for players like coker and sidwell not to come back and bite us in the rear after we sell them. It's a very fine balancing act. I just wish more people understood that patience is the key to sustained success.
Astonvillionaire
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04/03/2010 12:14:00

Martin buys players who when brought, improve the team. But the logic in letting them go if he doesn't like them doesn't always make sense. For example: selling the Ginger Ninja or hokey coker before we have replaced them on the bench would succeed In only 1 thing.. Strengthening the teams around us. Coker at fulham or sidwell at stoke, just creates stronger opposition. Martin needs to hold onto these players, at least until we can pull far enough away from the chasing pack, in terms of SQUAD quality. for players like coker and sidwell not to come back and bite us in the rear after we sell them. It's a very fine balancing act. I just wish more people understood that patience is the key to sustained success.
Astonvillionaire
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04/03/2010 12:14:00

Still think he will do a job for us given a run of games. Sad to say i think Petrov needs a rest, as he looks constantly knackered, and always passes backwards. I'd play Coker against the tougher opposition where we need more bite. I'd sell Sidwell.
thorpyuk
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04/03/2010 12:54:00

Still think he will do a job for us given a run of games. Sad to say i think Petrov needs a rest, as he looks constantly knackered, and always passes backwards. I'd play Coker against the tougher opposition where we need more bite. I'd sell Sidwell.
thorpyuk
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04/03/2010 12:54:00

Thank fudge for that. At least none of us ever have to witness Sidwell on the pitch again.
Stig
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04/03/2010 12:55:00

Thank fudge for that. At least none of us ever have to witness Sidwell on the pitch again.
Stig
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04/03/2010 12:55:00

Funny that we have articles on the front page about Carew and Reo-Coker, two of a few players that O'Neill is rumoured to have fallen out with. I reckon we will see an exodus in the summer - JC, NRC plus Shorey, Beye and Luke Young.
young_jonah
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04/03/2010 13:19:00

Funny that we have articles on the front page about Carew and Reo-Coker, two of a few players that O'Neill is rumoured to have fallen out with. I reckon we will see an exodus in the summer - JC, NRC plus Shorey, Beye and Luke Young.
young_jonah
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04/03/2010 13:19:00

I like NRC, gets stuck in, would prefer to keep him over Sidwell. Not sure that we will see a mass exodus. Still don't understand why we don't play a right back at right back!
leerj0
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04/03/2010 13:58:00

I like NRC, gets stuck in, would prefer to keep him over Sidwell. Not sure that we will see a mass exodus. Still don't understand why we don't play a right back at right back!
leerj0
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04/03/2010 13:58:00

NRC if he coudl get his distribution sorted would be good, always (or at least usually) gives his all I think. Some think that isn't enough but agree leerj0, I'd have him in the team over and above Sidwell (who I thought would be a very good signing for us but hasn't been so far)
The Fear
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04/03/2010 14:31:00

NRC if he coudl get his distribution sorted would be good, always (or at least usually) gives his all I think. Some think that isn't enough but agree leerj0, I'd have him in the team over and above Sidwell (who I thought would be a very good signing for us but hasn't been so far)
The Fear
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04/03/2010 14:31:00

agree Astonvillionaire, apart from the few who are so far away from the team they might as well be allowed to move on, we need to hold onto squad players in the hopes that they come into their own and contribute. UNLESS we get better as replacements naturally.
The Fear
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04/03/2010 14:33:00

agree Astonvillionaire, apart from the few who are so far away from the team they might as well be allowed to move on, we need to hold onto squad players in the hopes that they come into their own and contribute. UNLESS we get better as replacements naturally.
The Fear
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04/03/2010 14:33:00

A player with poor distribution. Remind you of any bogus right backs we know?
RiF
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04/03/2010 15:15:00

A player with poor distribution. Remind you of any bogus right backs we know?
RiF
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04/03/2010 15:15:00

The Fear, I also thought Sidwell was going to be a good player for us, really disappointed me at BHA cup match when he should have bossed the midfield. Thought that NRC would have done that if fit. Would like to see Petrov get a rest though, as he looks cream crackered after 60 mins. Or i am forgetting about the rotation policy that MON has?
leerj0
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04/03/2010 15:31:00

NRC wouldn't get anywhere near the teams of our 4th place competitors, let alone those in the top 3. Although he could be a good backup, i'd get rid of him and let the younger players be the backups instead. How annoyed would you be if someone like Albrighton left in the summer because he felt annoyed about being behind the likes of Sidwell and NRC?!
MrZeus
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04/03/2010 16:15:00

(i know Albrighton isn't a CM by the way, but you know what i mean!)
MrZeus
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04/03/2010 16:15:00

NRC wouldn't get anywhere near the teams of our 4th place competitors, let alone those in the top 3. Although he could be a good backup, i'd get rid of him and let the younger players be the backups instead. How annoyed would you be if someone like Albrighton left in the summer because he felt annoyed about being behind the likes of Sidwell and NRC?!
MrZeus
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04/03/2010 16:15:00

(i know Albrighton isn't a CM by the way, but you know what i mean!)
MrZeus
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04/03/2010 16:15:00

NRC could be great if he had the discipline to win it and give it simply to the nearest Villa player (Milner), his problem is when he runs off down the pitch or tries to play a 40 yard pass, he can do neither of these things and looks poor, but could be an excellent defensive midfielder if he kept it simple, his tackling and energy are real plus points, Having said all that Delph looks like he will have all of these skills so does not look great for NRC long term
ant1ant1
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04/03/2010 21:05:00

NRC could be great if he had the discipline to win it and give it simply to the nearest Villa player (Milner), his problem is when he runs off down the pitch or tries to play a 40 yard pass, he can do neither of these things and looks poor, but could be an excellent defensive midfielder if he kept it simple, his tackling and energy are real plus points, Having said all that Delph looks like he will have all of these skills so does not look great for NRC long term
ant1ant1
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04/03/2010 21:05:00

Astonvillionaire hits the nail on the head with his argument about not strengthening other teams. NRC could vastly improve some of the teams below us, maybe not make them better but certainly make them more dangerous. It's a juggling act, MoN knows what he's doing - I hope.
andy5759
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04/03/2010 21:42:00

Astonvillionaire hits the nail on the head with his argument about not strengthening other teams. NRC could vastly improve some of the teams below us, maybe not make them better but certainly make them more dangerous. It's a juggling act, MoN knows what he's doing - I hope.
andy5759
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04/03/2010 21:42:00

Honestly the thought of NRC and milner in midfield makes me drool! NRC breaks up the play brilliantly and with his and milners work rate I could see us running other teams into the ground. Plus having milner around will make it easier for NRC to find a pass. Plus he is 25 ! Imagine how good it will be if he strikes a good partnership with milner - we will have them together for 7/8 years! Honestly the last time I saw a villa central midfield dominate a game was when delph got a game. I don't think petrov and milner compliment each other that much on the pitch. However with milner's work rate, he will always come back to pick up the ball when NRC wins it which should reduce the number of miss placed passes from NRC. Worst case scenario is petrov gets a bit of a rest cause I think MON would still name him if he was on a wheelchair! :P
Astriel
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05/03/2010 09:05:00

He isn't fit to lace Delphs boots and I've only seen that lad about 4 times . Anybody who thinks other wise needs their bumps reading , or should stick to watching Rugby as the obviously know nothing about the beautiful game
villan57
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05/03/2010 12:04:00

 

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