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Looking For A Partner?

When the next manager is pulled out of the hat, one of the first things he should do is sign a new striker.

This isn`t a protest against Darren Bent, more like a plea in aid of him.

Looking at our current strike 'force`, it`s no wonder we struggled for goals so much last season. People turned on Bent for his inability to score from outside of the box, but when he was brought in to score inside the box why should he have to change? Despite being injured for half the season, he still managed to score some precious goals that kept us in the Premier League.

£24m well spent so far. Shouldn`t we see how many we score if he has a decent strike partner?

No disrespect is intended at all with these statements, but Gabriel Agbonlahor has been a Premier League player now since 2006. His best season was in 2009-10 when he scored 13 PL goals (John Carew scored 10). He scored 6 goals this season and 5 last season. Granted, he has sustained injuries again this year, but this is not good enough.

Nathan Delfouneso has played 43 games for the club since 2008 and scored 9 goals. Not good enough.

Andreas Weimann has scored 2 goals in 10 appearances. Jury`s still out, but still not satisfactory for a top-level striker.

The worrying fact is that we haven`t had a 20+ goals a season scorer in the Premier league....ever. Bent is a box player, a poacher. He has proven that he can score goals if you let him do what he does best, even in a struggling team, but now he needs a proven partner. We have some fantastic prospects in our academy and reserves but as far as strikers go we have always been found wanting. Darius Vassell, Stefan Moore, Luke Moore, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso. All touted to be brilliant and get goals but didn`t and haven`t, and while it may still be too early to judge Weimann and the Fonz, there seems to be something missing.

There have been so many successful partnerships in the Premier League over the years; Shearer and Sutton. Shearer and Ferdinand. Sheringham and Armstrong. Fowler and Collymore. Phillips and Stewart. Sheringham and Solskjaer. Yorke and Cole. Wright and Bergkamp. Henry and Bergkamp. Rooney and van Nistelrooy. Who have Villa had? Saunders and Atkinson. One decent pairing. Angel and Vassell also clicked for one season. Other than that, we have only had one man in the team who consistently (or inconsistently) scores goals. Dwight Yorke. Dion Dublin. Juan Pablo Angel. Milan Baros. Now we have Darren Bent. While £24m is enough to justify bearing the goalscoring burden alone, it only works if he gets the service from the players around him on a regular basis. This is too much of a risk to take, especially if he gets injured again.

In summary, if we are to be pushing consistently, we need proven goalscorers. If Bent is to stay up front on his own, we need midfielders to swarm the box and shoot on sight. If not, we need another striker but in the mould of Fowler, Shearer, Henry. A man who will take chances but also create a goal from nothing. We would hope that our younger strikers will be able to step up when the time comes, but history has proven otherwise. Bent has been dancing the tango on the Villa dancefloor since he arrived. Hopefully the new manager will see this and realise that it takes two.

Writer:Turkish Penguin
Date:Tuesday May 22 2012
Time: 3:23PM


Agreed Mr Penguin sir. I'd go looking to see if Defoe wants to come, or if Ole still has contacts and friendships at Man Utd, Berbatov?
The Fear
22/05/2012 15:29:00
Weimann and Delfouneso should play a game in pre season together up front.
22/05/2012 15:40:00
Why Blitz? I've lost any faith I ever had in Delfouneso.
22/05/2012 15:59:00
i appreciate the stats (evidence) but please dont judge weimann. his appearances this year were few and far between some were 10 mins as a sub a lot of weight for a young striker. i think any attacking stat from last season has to be written off seeing as mc****h didnt let the players go past the half way line. hence why nzogbia has got off with little to no criticism. i firmly believe the attacking talent in this team may prove we do not need to go and byu a striker as it will just hold up the development of above players. would like to see defence strengthened and then review again in nov/dec ready for jan. but this budget needs to be spent on shoring up the defence.
deaf dean
22/05/2012 16:03:00
Amazing!........ I agree withGordonsleftboot!
Pride of Lions
22/05/2012 16:08:00
The thing about Weimann Turkish Penguin is that he hasn't played alongside a decent striker yet. He has either been on his own or with Heskey or Gabby. Play him alongside Bent and you may see more of his potential.
Pride of Lions
22/05/2012 16:11:00
Spot on article in some ways... cant argue really argue with it... buuuuuuut... it depends on the manager who comes in... theres no doubt we need another striker but we need plenty of other players too... i wouldnt place a high value on a new cf if the new manager goes 433 or 4231... we need another winger badly... iv zero trust in albie and little trust in nzog...
22/05/2012 16:16:00
I wouldn't judge the Weimann just yet, and wasn't there some amazing stat regarding goals to minutes on the pitch for the Fonz? Neither have had a fair crack, I gather we've all heard the rumours regarding his attitude problem, maybe that is down to a belief that he is better than what we have, maybe he should have the chance to prove it.
22/05/2012 16:42:00
Bent to do a OGS and destroy teams from the bench when their defence is tired and they're backs to the wall defending. Sadly for him, Eck played the backs to the wall thing so he never had a chance. Fonz has missed the boat. Wiemann and A N Other to start and watch the goals flow....
22/05/2012 16:49:00
All good arguments. I just worry that for years now our academy has been producing these up-and-coming strikers who destroy teams as youth/reserve level but can never step up and deliver in the Premier League. Weimann may yet still come good but it couldn't hurt for him to come off the bench after the damage has been done by strikers with more experience and confidence. Just my own thoughts!
Turkish Penguin
22/05/2012 17:43:00
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