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Fonz, Albrighton & Keano... Pressure?

Fonz, Albrighton & Keano... Pressure?

Fonz, Marc and Keano pressure?

It looks like Robbie Keane is on his way in to Aston Villa in a deal rumoured to be £6M; I know some people on here are still complaining that we didn't sign him all those years ago but that's in the past now, it's time to move on. Robbie Keane is proven in the Premier League to be a goal scorer which is why it baffles me that people think this £6M deal (which by the way I think is a bargain!) is a bad idea purely because Robbie is now 30-years-old.

Age shouldn't come into it. Look at Chelsea's front line: Didier Drogba (32-years-old) Nicolas Anelka (31-years-old) With Chelsea having just won the league I think that extra experience upfront may have actually helped them! Both were on fire in the goals department last season, and with Keano still younger than both of them why should it be any different for him? If you are a proven goal machine then that doesn't change just because of age, maybe he isn't as pacey as he was 5 years ago but who cares? With the deliveries from Ash, Milner (hopefully) and Downing this season I would be shocked if Keane banged in fewer than 20 goals in all competitions. Don't knock the guy before he's even started his Villa career! I think he is a great buy, a real bargain and an exceptional talent!

Even thought of a chant for him already: 'Robbie! Robbie Keane! Villa's, Goal Machine!' (Tune - Daddy Cool) And a quick note on the youth players that will be used more this year especially in the Europa League. Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso are both aged 20 and 19 respectively. They are both young and still learning the game, I have high hopes for both of them.

But I hear Villa fans saying how Marc and the Fonz should be used more and how Marc should be starting for Villa on the right and the Fonz up top with Gabby. I would like to see both of them start a game too, but with people's expectations on the futures of these two players and others shooting sky high, I can only see things turning out less than what you expected. They are great talents, but I hate to see people labeling them as the next stars when they still have a long way to go.

Hopefully they will turn out to be stars for the future, but they won't be stars for the here and now, they need time; I just hope the Villa faithful will give them that time and have patience with the two lads. Having high hopes is good for the youth players, I just hope they don't hope for too much from them too soon.


Date:Sunday July 18 2010
Time: 11:33AM


About the youth players, surely MON is going to unleash the Fonz this season? To be honest, I'm struggling to think of why we didn't see more of him last season, especially in league games, 19 yrs old is not exactly young in football. Why the delay?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
18/07/2010 12:00:00
If they are good enough, they are old enough.. but they have to be given the chance to prove it. And one transfer related question - where do we find a midfielder as good as Hokey Cokey for £4m?
18/07/2010 12:03:00
If MON had a clue how to keep the youngsters happy we'd still have Cahill, he wanted to leave as he knew he was good enough for Premier League football (which has been proven now) and was never going to get that chance under MON, ask the Bolton fans if signing Knight instead of developing Cahill more was a good plan
18/07/2010 12:56:00
18/07/2010 15:33:00
Agreed. £6m for Keane sounds better than £12m. With regards to the youth, bring them in slowly to give them experience. I do think the Fonz will get more game time this year. They are all still very young and have a long career ahead of them.
18/07/2010 19:49:00
Interestingly - Cahill is still at Bolton. If he's as good as everyone reckons, please explain to me why no-one has snapped him up in the last couple of seasons? I like Cahill, but think people are misty-eyed on this one - he certainly looked toilet against us last season...
19/07/2010 05:48:00
6 Mil in Todays market would be fine for Keane, He and Gabby could do well together, with JC coming on as an impact sub. I think MON will use the young and also the fringe players in the cause for Sunday football Europa league until we get knocked out. Then we will probably see the odd glimpse of them in the PL. COTV
irish villa
19/07/2010 07:34:00
I would keep NRC because he's a very tidy player, and should certainly be the next choice behind petrov... 6m is probably worth a gamble on keane...
19/07/2010 12:56:00
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