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Villa Fan Wishes We'd Not Sold Liam Ridgewell


Daniel Grigg says: Wouldn't Liam Ridgewell be great for Villa now?

You can't help thinking that looking at Aston Villa right now, they could have done with a Liam Ridgewell at the club; especially looking at the form this season of some of Martin O'Neill's signings.

Stephen Warnock has had a terrible season, which early on saw him one of the most culpable for that that horrible 6-0 defeat against Newcastle. Despite improving a bit since, he's never even begun to show the sort of form this season that befits an England player, even with the England team struggling this year and being widely castigated in the press. Seems amazing now that Warnock was even picked ahead of Leighton Baines for the World Cup squad, when you look at how they're both performing now; while Baines continues to impress with goals and assists, Warnock struggles to mark wingers and gives away needless free kicks which build more pressure on the central defenders and the slightly more error prone than usual American goalkeeper.

Ridgewell, despite an excellent season at left back where he has been equally as good in my opinion as both Roger Johnson and Scott Dann, who are often far more lorded, was of course when he left Villa still considered as a player best used in a centre back position.

With Richard Dunne out of favour, the need for good cover at centre back is strong again, despite a good showing this season from Ciaran Clark, even when playing in midfield. With Ridgewell's contract at Birmingham still with another 2 and a half years left before it runs out, the chances are limited of Birmingham selling the man they bought from Villa for just 2 million in 2007.

Despite all the excellent youngsters in the team now, how much better would the side have looked recently if Martin O'Neill hadn't sold Gary Cahill and Liam Ridgewell?

Gerard Houllier will probably need to find a player or two of that quality to play at the back, if Villa are to advance significantly back into the top half of the table or even to challenge for a place in the Europa League next season.

Daniel Grigg




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Date:Friday December 24 2010

Time: 9:13AM

Your Comments

would rather Cahill still here to be honest. With a younger Olof and a fit Martin Laursen... now we are rocking and rolling!
The Fear
What no God?
mike_field
Hahahahaah! Omg! It's that bad that some sections want Ridgey back!! One of the worst players we have ever produced! Dear God help us.
evoflash
Top half is not likely and Europa is delusional. We just have to ge through the next few years and remain on th top flight.
evoflash
He's probably Blues best player so I'd probably say yes. But only to play full back - he's out of his depth playing central defence.
leelindsay
and of course he's uglier than Cueller. No way we can put both of them along side each other.
leelindsay
Awful player. How many penalties did he give away??
AMS78
He wasn't sold, he was sent to infiltrate. But after a few successful missions he was captured. Agent Gardner has been sent to bring him home. Godspeed Agent Gardner.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
wish we had cahill and davis back
Gruck
No. He was a good honest lad, but not good enough
Trekker
 

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