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Gardner Could Be Our New Barry

Marc Albrighton believes that Gary Gardner has all the attributes to be our new Barry or Milner in the middle of the park.

Speaking to the Official Site Albrighton said that with the experience and confidence gained from last campaign, Gardner should be well positioned to push on and develop further and reach the potential we all think he has to dominate the centre of midfield for years to come.

'Not so long ago Gareth Barry was playing in there, James Milner was playing in there too. Gary Gardner played there last season for a good spell, that should give him plenty of confidence. If he can build on his performances of last season it would be fantastic and there's no reason why he can't, he has the talent and the desire.'

With a new manager coming in, presumably Paul Lambert, next season is going to be a big season for the non seniors as they all look to impress the man and cement their place in the match day squad.

Be interesting to see how they all get on, as whilst all of them had good moments last season, each of them still have to show they can develop more, become more consistent and cut out the errors they will naturally make as they learn.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 1 2012

Time: 12:31PM

Your Comments

hope so, would be most excellent if true, especially if he puts in 12 years great service at least, like Barry did.
The Fear
agree with you Mr Fear but i have not seen anything special from him yet, not sure why people rave about our youngsters , only samir looks exciting the rest all seem average ,
andy3221
when Chelsea pay 30+ for a 21 year old who debuted at 16 it does make you wonder about some of ours. Certainly Gary looked a tad lost last season at times Of the kids, Lichaz looked as good as any, though he is no longer a 'kid'. Maybe some of the others will look better in a different formation?
Gordonsleftboot
Yeah i didnt include Lichaz as he is a good player and older i think, this year Clark has to perform as does Gardner, delfouneso should go the way of the Moore brothers, not good enough and Banan who thinks he is fantastic ,,, etc
andy3221
i think all the younger plays deserve a second chance after all they were playing under mcleish !!!
marshyboy87
At youth and reserve team level GG has looked a class above the rest. I am a massive fan but would agree that at senior level he hasn't produced yet. Why? McLeish did say that at times he was playing out of neccessity and not fully fit, but I believe it is formation. He played wide and a holding midfield role. While I agree he can do the latter, his best position is definitely as an attacking midfield player. He has a tremendous shot, is a 'cool finisher' and is also very impressive in the air. I believe he ha a lot of the same attributes of Steven Gerrard. Hopefully, under a new attack minded manager, he can show these abilities at 1st team level.
krfeskivilla
I think we all under estimate the damage that be can done in playing for a McMuppet team, especially if you are a midfielder. His style was to bypass this area of the pitch. It is no surprise that the players perceived to have done well were Baker, Lichaj and Weimann. These areas of the pitch were the only places that McMuppet thought existed. It should not be a surprise that N'Zogbia was told to operate in a way he is not used to and this in turn seriously impacted on Warnock and Albrighton failed to develop. Bannan and Gardner looked lost at times because they spent most of the match looking at the ball sail over their heads. Herd looked a great player until he lost Petrov and that shows just how good and important Stan was. We have good potential and this potential had to survive one of the worst managers in our history. Is it any surprise he is not being tipped for ANY of the managerial positions currently available? These kids could flourish with the right guidance. Lambert (if he comes) may be the man to bring them on. He might not, but only time will tell.
voiceoftheholte
VOTH is right, it doesn't matter if we had the next Giggs or Messi under Mcleish our midfield was non existant due to sitting back in our own half and lumping it forward over the Midfield many times in a match, now under Lambert the likes of Gardner Carruthers etc will get a chance to show what they can do onthe ball more, i also wonder if Lambert will keep Makoun?
ClivetheVillan
agree with the above comments, PL should bring an attacking style with him and heres hoping he can bring out the best in a team that clearly needs self belief. if he can i think the kids, including the fonz can add value to our team. the talk of makoun being lightweight is rubbish, lots of small players make it in the prem, they just need time to adapt. end of.
Astonvillionaire
I would say we need to keep playing Garry in an attacking capacity otherwise his talents could be wasted.
Green Villan
he did great when he came on against wolves. provided the shot for andi's goal against fulham. he is a good player, so is clark/herd/bannan/lichaj and marc. mcleish nearly destroyed them
Gruck
I'm in the camp of being unimpressed so far. Everyone blaming mcleish is laughable, obviously he didn't help, but if you are good enough you shine through. Remember he had a spell at Cov as well and didn't exactly set the world on fire.
AVbornandbred
I just think of the youngsters we got rid off Whittingham & Cahill come straight to mind & even Craig Gardner . I wouldn't be in a rush to offload & I think Gary Gardner will be class given time
AstonBilla
I think the young players with progress very well under Lambo.
Green Villan
Gary Gardner is class end of. Anyone saying otherwise clearly did not witness the NexGen games. Proper footballer. Given the confidence he will dominate games for Villa of that I'm sure.
Adam Deuce
Gary Gardner is class end of. Anyone saying otherwise clearly did not witness the NexGen games. Proper footballer. Given the confidence he will dominate games for Villa of that I'm sure.
Adam Deuce
You can say that again Adam Deuce!!
voiceoftheholte
Yep, under Idiot he didn't have a chance.... did anyone? But under a good manager (Lambert)? hopefully he'll realise his full potential. Ideally behind the front two.
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