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Fresh Start For Jean Makoun II

Fresh Start For Jean Makoun II

So, as we mentioned earlier (Villa Squad To Be Shaken Up - Players To Leave), according to the John Wragg report in exiled (well, he was loaned anyway) Jean Makoun II could well be given a second chance. He has returned from his loan at Olympiakos where he apparently did well.

He appeared for them 19 times and scored twice.


It was almost impossible for us to judge him following the turbulent half season under Gerrard Houllier and obviously Alex McLeish shipped him out pretty much straight away.

McLeish said before he exited, "Has he got a future with us? It depends. The reason for letting Jean out was I looking for a different type of midfielder. I`m not saying he`s not got a future - it would be stupid to say that - but certainly I was looking at our midfield without Jean."

Bit strange as he then moaned we didn`t have enough players or depth?


The 28-year-old is still contracted to Villa and although Olympiakos apparently signalled they would be interested in making his loan signing permanently, I can`t see why Lambert won`t want to try to use the asset. We bought the 28-year-old midfielder from Lyon for around £5-7m depending on which report you read. No need to take yet another massive hit on a player without giving him a second chance is there?

Makoun seemed excited when he first joined Villa saying "The players here are very, very good. I have watched the team a few times and I have been following the progress of the side for quite a while. I want to help a lot, I want to contribute, I am hoping things will really start to pick up now and we start moving up the table.'

He has two years left on his contract which runs out 30.06.2014


Forum thread and poll: Page One and the current last page Page Twenty

Player profile on official site:

A Q&A he did: Jean Makoun's Live Chat Relived

So, would you give him another chance?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday June 7 2012
Time: 3:26PM


Sweet can't wait to get Jean II back to the Villa, we have a very talented creative player and he is a CDM that like going forward, I hope his pace has adjusted to handle it in the prem'.
Green Villan
07/06/2012 15:39:00
Dont think he has the phyical attributes to be a success in the Premier League.
We're Not Fickle
07/06/2012 15:40:00
What McLeish probably meant was that he didn't want a midfielder with creativity, vision, imagination and flare. A midfielder who would try and actually win the game. He obviously wanted scufflers who'd spend most of the game in their own half. This is a man who 'celebrated' drawing with Stoke City. What was Randy Lerner thinking?
07/06/2012 15:41:00
I wondered at the time whether he was on big wages and that's why we shipped him out? Life would be much better for him now with another French speaking player at VP. I think he's definitely worth another chance.
07/06/2012 16:01:00
M%villa: good point about the fellow frnch speaker - if he stays of course. I could understand why he shipped Makoun out but then became confused when he brought in Jenas, who is not the strngest midfielder either. Strange move. Maybe with a preseason Makoun will get better aclimatised.
07/06/2012 16:07:00
Its like a brand new signing lol :) I hadn't made my mind up on him when he was shipped out all of a sudden (madness) but certainly saw potential. Fingers crossed!
07/06/2012 16:10:00
I thought he looked quite strong We're Not Fickle to be honest?

Agree villawillriseagain, he looked quality to start but did quickly go off the boil. That said, players can take a year to fully settle and he never got the chance.
The Fear
07/06/2012 16:10:00
Not sure what you guys mean about the French-speaking aspect, they were all speaking French last season! Zoggy's English is perfect, as shown on Twitter. I hope Makoun gets a chance under Lambo, otherwise he'll join the growing list of flops that we've accumulated over the years (Balaban, Alpay, Berson, Djemba-Djemba, Salifou, Beye, Sidwell, Routledge.....)
Turkish Penguin
07/06/2012 16:11:00
As the cliche goes - he'll be like a new signing.
07/06/2012 16:11:00
The manager who can never be mentioned never wanted a player who wanted the ball. Midfielders were only there to watch the ball fly over their heads. As for saying he doesn't have the physical attributes for the Premier League I would say Cowans, Zola, Makele, Modric amongst others as similarly sized players would disagree with you. Might be worth mentioning Xavi, Iniesta, Messi as part of the worlds greatest team not being blessed with height and power either. I think Makoun is a proper footballer and could be a welcome addition back to the squad and help free up money for other areas of team improving.
07/06/2012 16:14:00
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