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Keep Mr Marmite? Nigel Reo-Coker


I thought I'd knock this article up to open up a bit of a debate on Mr Nigel Reo-Coker ... a man who seems to divide opinions across the board. Some love him, some hate him, and with now only one more year left on his current contract, this could be a decisive season for him and his future.

Personally, having watched him play, I like the guy… his work rate is 2nd to none no matter who the opposition are, and his tackling cannot be faulted. I've also been keeping a beady eye on his passing - something which is often knocked by Villa fans, and I have to say that although he does make the odd errant pass, he's certainly not as bad as some fans make out.

I think sometimes, it's very easy for someone to say something, and then it becomes a mantra that we all keep repeating over and over again, and then… 76 minutes into the game, when the guy does make a bad pass, that old chestnut comes out again 'oh here we go - NRC can't pass!' I've seen every single one of our midfield players (Milner & Petrov included) make mistakes - unfortunately that's a human trait, and although he's never going to be another Iniesta, I believe NRC to be a good solid player, and I also would like to see him start ahead of Petrov in the defensive midfield role on occasion.

I believe (although it's probably market value given only 12 months contract left) that £4m would be a mistake, and where would we get another midfielder of better quality for that price?

Remember this guy used to captain the England U21's. Here's hoping he stays, fights for his place, and gets his chance…. We could certainly do a lot worse!

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Writer: Thorpyuk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 20 2010

Time: 9:10AM

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I would think given what we all hope will be a fantastic Europa League campaign that NRC is just the player we need, with Milner and Sidwell likely to leave can we afford to lose another central midfielder? I think if Petrov has the league, NRC can have the Europa League and if O'Neill wants fringe players playing the European game i think we would be hard pushed to find a better player to lead them than our Nige.
young_jonah
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20/07/2010 09:21:00

Like him. Like his effort. One of the best tacklers in the side and a safe bet to leave back at corners. Cannot understand why we are thinking of letting him go. OK so he swears - so what?
Gordonsleftboot
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20/07/2010 09:44:00

Still rate him as one of the best midfield destroyers in the premier league... The work rate and number of tackles he makes is astounding. Considering that we resort to hoof ball half the time, we don't really build from the back anyway so NRC's passing doesn't really impact us. He is super consistent, you know what you are going to get from him. If we set up as 4-5-1 with him in we will dominate teams in midfield..
Astriel
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20/07/2010 10:59:00

NRC would be a regular if I was picking the side. He adds bite and drive. He gets grief for "headless chicken" runs but he only does that when trying to lift the team and when lacking options. Petrov was great for a season or so but his age is showing now, not to mention that he never has been and never will be a holding midfielder, bit like Carlos at right back really....
AVbornandbred
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20/07/2010 12:59:00

Reo-Coker is one of my favourite midfielders in Villa. I hope that he doesn't leave because we will all regret it at the end. I think that he could actually be the replacement for Milner, I hope that MON gives him another chance and hope that he stays and signs a new contract. He has also actually scored some decent goals for Villa too.
__villa__
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20/07/2010 14:29:00

Keep him! Brilliant player.
Callum_ws
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21/07/2010 00:49:00

Suprised at the support for him from so many and maybe I'm in a minority but, just think that to reach the next level we need players with a lot more skill, aswell as a large percentage of his tackling/running ability. Although I agree that there aren't many that are at his level in that respect.
Villan444
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21/07/2010 10:01:00

 

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