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Barry Bannan Happy With Fresh Villa Life

Barry Bannan Happy With Fresh Villa Life

Barry Bannan has been talking in the press about getting and taking his chance in the first team under Gerard Houllier.

Seems Bananaman thought his Villa career was all but over as previous boss Martin O`Neill had issues with Barry`s height, which, as pointed out in the forum is a bit strange because he bought Shaun Maloney (same height) from Celtic!

Forum thread: Click Here

Anyway, in the Daily Mail BB explains:

'Last year I was on loan at Blackpool and only playing games now and again. When O'Neill left Villa, I hoped someone would come in and give me a chance and trust me and the last few weeks have been a breath of fresh air for me. Obviously, it has been a big change in fortunes for me."


He says Houllier has shown confidence in him and with every game played his belief is growing after being 'disheartened` at times under MON.

He also explains in the Mail article that our new boss wants Villa to be playing a passing game and he got his chance after impressing in training. "It's not just me. It's encouraging to see a lot of young lads coming through now. I know I'll have to work my socks off to stay in the Villa team. Hopefully, I'll be able to put together another few good displays.'

Promising noises coming out of Villa Park. Sounds perverse but this awful run of injuries might just have done Houllier a 'favour` as it has given him no choice but to play the kids (albeit the likes of Sidwell were about as options, so Houllier has shown good judgement as well!) and they`ve not let him down. Now he has had a good chance to see exactly what we have at Villa. Happy days.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 18 2010
Time: 5:25PM


Really glad he has finally been given an opportunity to show what he is capable off & this size thing in the modern game is quite annoying, see the likes of iniesta, xavi, messi etc etc whilst I'm not comparing him with the likes(not yet anyway lol) skill can still & will always shine through in the end...he seems really determined to take his chamce & become a good pro & whilst he is learning he will have his ups & downs I think this kid could really give us some good times ahead at villa park!
18/11/2010 18:25:00
IMO we've not had a player with his vision since Merson. The longer it goes on the happier I get that MON left us.
Adam Deuce
18/11/2010 20:08:00
British mentality would have kept him out the side...all strength, size and speed with ability a distant second behind those attributes. Very pleasing to see a midfielder get the ball down and keep posession, whether a pass is on or not. On a similar note the same could be said about Hogg's performance against Man U. Everytime the ball came to him his first thought was to bring it under control. Very pleasing and long may it continue.
19/11/2010 15:26:00
Bannan signs a new deal - get in!!
Valiant Villan™
19/11/2010 15:40:00
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