Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Downing Fit And Raring To Go

Downing Fit And Raring To Go

Stewart Downing has started his first pre season since joining Villa and is determined to prove that fans haven't seen the best of him yet.

Last season Downing supplied us with a few flashes of the type of player that had Middlesvilla fans crowing he was better than Barry but for the most part his form was woefully below average, especially for the bread and butter stuff you expect from a 'pacy winger', but it's not hard to factor in that he didn't have a pre season last time round and it was clearly obvious he was both neither fit enough for the games he played, and more importantly was clearly exhausted in others.

The beauty this time round is he will know he doesn't have that excuse or defence, and given the permanent flop of England's left sided stars, he should be determined to make an impact at club level now to get his position back in the national team.

Speaking on the Official Site that is at least how Downing sounds, he is a player who cannot have been happy with his form last term and he has plenty of reasons, well 12 million of them in fact, to seriously improve on that this season.

Commenting on the training, Downing just seems happy to be back and involved this time round, even though he's no doubt feeling it:

'It has been good, it is just good to get the start of a good pre season under my belt.'

Whilst Downing's form last season was questionable, he is right when he comments that in playing so many games after missing 7 odd months of our season, that he didn't suffer any complications or breakdowns with his leg so that in itself bodes well that his form should return pretty quickly once fully fit and properly sharp.

Downing ends with the immortal promise, and it's one I certainly hope will come true - actually I'm certain it will come true because whilst I can still debate whether he in fact 'better' than Barry, he is a very good old style winger and he definitely capable of doing a job for us and I would hope provide that spark of competition that could kick Ash up another level.

'This season I will have a full pre season under my belt and hopefully you will see the best of me in a full season.'

We'll hold him to that!

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join The Vital Debate

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday July 12 2010
Time: 4:11PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
where do you see his role next season, Left, right or centre? For me he has to be played on the left or as a central player if you sell Milner or play a three in the middle, he is a player I have always rated and think he will prove a good buy for you in the long term.
oxfordspur
13/07/2010 11:00:00
0
Agree Mr Alive, more goals from midfield (to supplement the defenders goals!) would make a big difference. Also looking for Ashley Young to weigh in with more hopefully?
The Fear
13/07/2010 11:55:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Nigel Pearson NOT Aston Villa Bound - Rammed

Phew (for me) and doh (for others!) Nigel Pearson has gone to Derby County

Di Matteo Appointment Close

Late yesterday evening it was reported that further talks between Chairman Steve Hollis and Roberto Di Matteo had taken place...

No Villa Regrets For Amavi

French Left back Jordan Amavi has said he has no regrets about joining Aston Villa last summer, and he's pretty down to earth when it comes to his thoughts...

Xia Has Bigger Plans To Benefit Aston Villa

It's being reported that new owner, or soon to be, Dr Tony Xia is already in talks to purchase a second club.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Roberto Di Matteo would be:
Suggested By: JP Fear
A great appointment30%
A good appointment but I'd prefer a.n.other40%
An average appointment16%
No thanks appointment!14%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Blog: Monaco Qualifying
Latest Vital Boxing News
Goodison Park Bill (29/05/16)
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions887
2.The Fear527
3.kefkat356
4.sirdennis300
5.Fulford271
6.Lerner Out!250
7.JuanPabloAngel228
8.glensider205
9.Silhillvilla179
10.DeanoVilla175
The Vital Football Members League