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Will MON Look To Sell Heskey This Summer?

astvil123 says:

Frustrated MON to sell Heskey this summer transfer window?

Emile Heskey had an incredible start to his Aston Villa career; scoring on his debut against Portsmouth at Fratton Park to earn a 1-0 win for Villa. However, since then, his dream start has completely fallen from the heavens to the claret and blue bench.

In 51 appearances he has scored just 7 goals in his time with Aston Villa. Martin O'Neill has not been impressed with frontman Heskey this season frustrated at the shortage of goals and shots from the forward, also revealing he was concerned that Heskey's injuries were denying him from producing his best form.

Heskey has failed to impress the Villa Park faithful in his short time at the club, but with Agbonlahor and Carew being our top scorers and first just choice strike pair again this season, it is clear to see that Heskey is now 3rd choice striker with Delfouneso so nearly edging ahead of Heskey in the pecking order in recent weeks.

Martin O'Neill showed his true evaluation of Heskey at Wembley last night when he came on as an 82nd minute substitution for Carew with the score only being at 1-0. With Villa behind to a 68th minute Didier Drogba goal, why didn't O'Neill bring Heskey on before the 82nd minute when we only needed 1 goal to equalise?

Surely a clear sign the Martin feels Heskey was not good enough to find us a goal. (Carew actually seemed in discomfort when leaving the pitch so it may well have been a forced substitution). Surely this is the sign that Heskey will be sold on this summer now that MON prefers a tired and battered John Carew to a fresh Emile Heskey to find a goal in the closing stages of the FA Cup Semi-Final.

Heskey was signed from Wigan in the final year of his contract for what seemed to be a snip at 3.5M for an England international.

However with Heskey's World Cup place with England in question and out of favour with Villa, surely Martin O'Neill will look to cut his losses in the summer. With a potential wide range of interest from lower Premier League opposition in need of a big target man next season it would not be a surprise to see Emile sold and the extra funds contributing to the signing of a brand new star striker that we are crying out for.

With 2 years left on his current contract and John Carew and Gabby being prepared contract extensions, surely Heskey will be shipped out. We may even make a small profit on what we paid for him, but I think the signs are there to see that Heskey's first full Aston Villa season could also quiet possibly be his last.

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Date:Sunday April 11 2010

Time: 9:00AM

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I certainly do hope so. We need 2 strikers not just one. Every top team has 4 strikers good enough to start a match. In any of the SKY 4 teams + Man City, Spurs, Everton and possibly even lower teams like Sunderland, only Gabby would stand a chance of starting, and even then, not at any of the SKY 4 teams. So if we really want to contest for glory, we need 2 strikers... even if we get one world class striker, what about if he gets injured? Who do we have as plan B? Heskey and Carew should be sold, time to start grooming the Fonz too, and Gabby as our 3rd striker, as an impact sub how he used to be!
villa_de
Has to go, along with Sidwell, Beye, Salifou, Reo-Coker and possibly even Young. These guys are not going to start, so there is no point in keeping them when we can give the youngsters some invaluable experience sitting on the bench. However, any players we get have to be able to go straight into the first team, no buying them as squad players. A striker with Heskey's better attributes (Coming deep to drag defenders out of position, the knowledge to lay the ball off and turn) and without his weaker ones (poor touch, lack of goals, the ability to lay the ball off and turn) is a must. Carew and Gabby don't come deep often enough and the result is pass it back to the defenders who hoof it forward, yet they do get goals. Who that is I have no idea because the 3 that come to mind are Rooney, Torres and Drogba...we ain't getting them. A Centre Midfielder is a must too. People talk about a lack of rotation causing our players to tire, but our ability to keep the ball has not been good enough since Barry left, resulting in more chasing which fatigues the players more quickly. Chelsea didn't have this problem due to their movement. If we can get a player in the middle of the park always on their toes, looking for the ball, giving the player on the ball an option and making sure a pass always goes to one of players, then I am sure we will not tire as much and giving the supporters a prettier brand of football. I hear good things about Stephen Defour, yet never seen him play. English players don't seem to have these skills, so I really think MON will have to look abroad. Finally, a Right Back. He doesn't like Young for whatever reason and he is only a solid Prem League Right Back at best. He may not be the most experienced, but Nathaniel Clyne looked impressive against us for Palace in both games. Stuck like glue to Ash and was keen to get forward.
Francobaresi13
I wouldn't be surprised if Martin built the team around Heskey next season . I would be surprised if he sold him . Mon and about 3 or 4 of his worshipers are the only people who rate him .
Doug4ever
Here's hoping
TuBBz
Don't think he is saleable in reality. Just ofload him on a free for what he is worth to you is zilch.
SFC Forever
lets hope so even if its for free. I wish people would forget Bent,Sunderland would never sell him
angry villa fan
Said it before, i'll say it again. MON bought EH cuz he expected to sign Owen in the summer. That backfired when Man Utd came in for him. I so hope we don't sell either Milner or Young. Heskey can leave tomorrow for I care now. I have tried to back him as I do all of our players but he has no place in our squad. See ya Emile.
Adam Deuce
I presume that Heskey signed a reasonably long term deal, on exceptional wages. If that is indeed so, then ushering Heskey out of the door isn't going to be as straightforward as we'd like to hope. Realistically who is going to offer Heskey the sort of financial remuneration that he is enjoying here at Brummagem B6?
glensider
I really hope so... Heskey isn't doing the club any favours - not only does he not score anywhere near enough goals, but he's also a very boring player to watch - complately uninspiring and isn't going to put bums on seats!
thorpyuk
 

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