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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?

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Date:Thursday June 7 2012

Time: 3:26PM

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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
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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
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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07/06/2012 16:11:00

As the cliche goes - he'll be like a new signing.
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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.
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07/06/2012 16:14:00

Err probably going to take some flak for this but got to call it how I see it, and what I saw of him was a headless chicken who ncouldnt pass the ball or tackle. Maybe others have a better insight into the player so hope he proves me wrong.Do appreciate he did not get very long to prove himself.
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07/06/2012 16:16:00

Not strong enough We're Not Fickle ? like most of Arsenal and like Silva at City etc .... ??? ..... it's about technique ..... we have strong players to put alongside him. He can be used for games where he is needed and left out for games he's not .... that's PL's speciality, tactics ... UTV
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07/06/2012 16:18:00

No idea about him. I never saw anything in him that I got excited about. But, give him a pre-season and see what the new boss makes of him.
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07/06/2012 16:25:00

Now that Ireland seems to be hitting some form I think that him and Makoun could become a powerful force in midfield. they both have great ball skills and if they learn to read each others' game we could be on to a winner!
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07/06/2012 16:30:00

This guy deserves a chance. I would love Jean to really turn it on and prove the doubters wrong.
Pride of Lions
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07/06/2012 16:47:00

In complete contrast to what's been said about him already, I saw a lot of promise in Makoun's handful of games in a Villa shirt. It did take him a bit of time to settle but after that he seemed to pass the ball pretty well. Though I did think it was pointless to play him and Petrov together because the midfield went nowhere. I'd like to see him stay, because he'd do well under PL's passing style of play. Maybe that's why he got booted out by McLeish, because he doesn't play hoof ball.
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07/06/2012 16:50:00

Merlin I've seen a good few games of Lyon when Makoun was there and he was hard working, creative, defensive and he likes to go for goal, he will be an big assette for us with a little bit of time.
Green Villan
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07/06/2012 16:56:00

Depends what Olympiacos are prepared to pay I suspect? He showed promise but clearly needed time to adapt, are we prepared to carry him until he adapts now or should we cut our losses?
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07/06/2012 17:07:00

@Walsallvillan, Agreed mate!
Holte End Hero
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07/06/2012 17:16:00

Jury out..but delighted to give Jean 2 another go...Desperately short in centre midfield...Guthrie linked again (free)..Anyone think that on a Bosman Danny Murphy may be worth a one season contract for cover/experience in that department? With those three, plus Ireland, Gardner, Bannan, Delph, Herd we would be much stronger..Ideally let Delph and AN other go from that list and replace with a quality purchase (don't know who though!)
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07/06/2012 17:54:00

VillaHippo -- If you'd bothered reading the previous posts you'd notice myself, The Fear, voth and others are all FOR Makoun coming back to the Villa!
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07/06/2012 18:10:00

Gardner, Delph, Makoun, Albrighton, Ireland. Not a bad bunch of players (midfielders) under the right coach.
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07/06/2012 18:14:00

Great news, best midfielder we have. And if you can believe his comments on Twitter last season, he really wanted us to do well in his absence.
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07/06/2012 18:54:00

I know he got a bad injury but did Makoun manage to play any games towards the end of the season? Is he fit now he's back at Villa do we know?
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07/06/2012 19:22:00

He will be sold full stop, if I was him I would tell Villa were to stick it anyway after the way he was treated
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07/06/2012 19:36:00

But would love him to stay
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07/06/2012 19:36:00

Thought he looked a good player but I seemed to remember he lacked a but of application with tracking runners through midfield? Hopefully he can get up to speed and do well for us. Showed really good moving and passing ability and for me that's exactly what we need.
Matt B
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07/06/2012 19:52:00

Bought by a football manager, loaned out by a hoofball manager, should be at least worth a second look now from an inventive manager.
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07/06/2012 21:40:00

Delph for Snodgrass swap anyone?
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07/06/2012 22:17:00

Delph has had problems. However I think he is a proper player and given a run free from injury could well be the surprise in the squad. Put him in front of fans supporting the manager instead of the pressure of playing in a hostile environment and we have another 'new' addition to the squad. My personal opinion is that everybodys slate is wiped clean under Lambert and that he should be given free reign to decide who can help the club and who can't.
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07/06/2012 23:13:00

That was one of the worse moves of Ecks time with us, Makoun out Jenas in??!! Who gets injured AGAIN and we had to pay his wage all season. How much could we have done with Makoun in the second half of the season?? Eck you iiiiiidiot. Anyway I hope he gets a chance under king Lambert
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07/06/2012 23:13:00

VOTH: I agree with the fresh slate thing but not at the detriment of the tranfer window opportunity. I think Lambert will make and already has made the Villa a club to come to again. Strike while the irons hot - get the new players in and give the boys with apoint to prove somebody new to compete with. It'll be great to see Delph and co going hell for leather with afresh slate. I'm SO EXCITED. Bet the managerless Blues are cursing us now...oh how the chips fall.
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08/06/2012 00:33:00

koolbill - I agree. Not concerned about Small Heath. They can curse who they want. They are completely off the radar now and all of our focus should be on the Villa.
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08/06/2012 08:06:00

"Dont think he has the phyical attributes to be a success in the Premier League." Neither has Messi
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08/06/2012 08:14:00

BTW - all the players get a clean slate - even the 4 at the back (if they wish to stay). Last two years need to be wiped like they do in "men in black"
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08/06/2012 08:17:00

Understand what your saying Green Villan mind you more than happy to leave it to Lambert to sort them all out think he will get a fair crack of the whip along with the rest.
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08/06/2012 12:28:00


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