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Could Villa Sign Stephen Ireland?


Stephen Ireland, one of the best attacking midfielders currently in the Premier League is no doubt adored by the Manchester City faithful, but it seems as though Mancini is not as impressed.

Ireland is constantly featured on the Man City bench and with the money driven club likely to bring in new star players this summer, you just wonder ... could he be made available?

Nobody would have thought Richard Dunne would sign for Villa 2 years ago, that he would stay with Man City through this season, but then Man City signed there 'stars' and Dunne became available.

Then I looked at how many minutes Ireland played in the Premiership in recent seasons with Man City compared to this year:

Season 06/07 = 1,338 minutes
Season 07/08 = 2,547 minutes
Season 08/09 = 3,030 minutes
Season 09/10 = 1,453 minutes (with just 4 games remaining)

Stephen Ireland could end up playing half the Premiership time he did in the previous campaign. The likes of Barry, De Jong, Kompany, Bellamy, Johnson and Viera and co seem to be ahead of Ireland in the order for a starting 11 position.

It just makes you think, now with Man City buying who knows this summer? (Maybe Gerrard if they get 4th? Who knows?) Will Stephen Ireland look to move on, despite his love for City like our own Richard Dunne did last summer?

I think the majority of Villa fans agree that our best formation is a 4-5-1 by a long way!

Despite the fact we can play a few different formations, there is something about the 4-5-1/4-3-3 system that suits us. What does everyone think of this possible midfield?

Petrov(c) ------ Young ------ Downing ------ Ireland ------ Milner ------

Stephen Ireland could surely be taken this summer for around 15M. He is a Martin O'Neill type player too, young and British with lots of ability. Ireland at Villa would give us that extra bit of quality in the middle, but also allow us to rotate with higher quality players; something we need to go that one step further.

astvil123


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Writer: astvil123  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 18 2010

Time: 9:12AM

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Stephen Ireland, one of the best attacking midfielders currently in the Premier League -IS HE? Ireland has been awful this season, for Hughes and Mancini, he isn't versatile at all, seriously lightweight and reluctant to get into any challenges. We lost the derby yesterday because he's lazy and let scholes run past him. He 's vastly over-rated and reverted the form that nearly saw him leave when sven was at city. For 15 millions i will drive him down to brum myself, you can have swp as well if you want...
tommytheblue
15M, I thought would be below your valuation of Ireland. If your club are prepared to go cheaper than even better for us! but I think with the support of Milner and Petrov in the middle with Ireland pushing up that he could be excellent for Villa. I was impressed with him last season and I can see MON placing a bid this summer.
astvil123
he's no better than sidwell
tommytheblue
plus he's not british. the clue's in the name ;-)
steodub
astvil123, he's one that has been unable to make that step up when given the opportunity, mentally or physically. Maybe he's good enough though to be one of your 'stars' (as you put it).
RobsonGreensleeves
A midfield with Ireland in it may be great going forward, but in terms of ball winning, petrov's not mobile enough and getting milner to do all the spade work would seriously stunt his capability going forwards. He'd be OK as a squad player, and might offer an option from off the bench, but for 15m, no thanks, not even nearly.
lorenzo
And Delph?
Gordonsleftboot
If the opportunity came us for us to sign him...I'd take it. 'Nuff said.
Dr_Gonzo
Rather have Viera or Barry and leave Downing out personally, but lets hope that the latter is better with a proper preseason cliche.
Villan444
WOULD HE NEED TO ASK HIS GRANDMA'S APPROVAL BEFORE COMING SOUTH?
merlin
I don't think his grandma wants him to ask her anything, everytime he goes to see her she dies apparently
ant1ant1
Steodub, is the clue in your name (Dub) or Ireland's name?! (Another Irishman here!) AstVil123, good article but I'm just not sold on the 451. I think we need to invest in a top striker this summer and for him to play alongside Gabby. Unfortunately I think our weakness lies in the Milner/Petrov combo in midfield. Both cracking players but when played together, we just look flat. I'm not sure what the solution is but hopefully O'Neill will crack it.
stpaulmcgrath
Hmm... maybe worth a punt at 10m, but that's a lot of dough for a punt! Don't want another Downing type! (Thought Stuart did ok actually yesterday)
thorpyuk
Also, Steven Ireland drives a bright pink range rover. Seriously, it's like a barbie car, except much much bigger. I don't want that sort of vehicle around my club, it's just not on.
lorenzo
 

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