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Villa After Another Ruddy Keeper?!?

The Daily Mail say that Villa are trying to sign Norwich keeper John Ruddy.

The paper says that 36 year old Given "has suffered with injuries and loss of form in recent seasons." Has he? He did have injuries yes, but his form seemed fine to me!!!??? lol


The Mirror also report this saying that Norwich have approached Blues for Jack Butland leaving the door open for us to go for Ruddy. They also say that we have offered Brad Guzan a new deal. Not according to Villa though, he was one on the release list wasn`t he?!?!

The Birmingham Post also repeat that Jean II Makoun will get a fresh chance at Villa when he returns for pre-season training next month.

Our latest poll asks if you`d replace Shay Given.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 21 2012

Time: 10:05AM

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I don't remember a drop in form since he's come to us? He's had the injury run and fine, he isn't getting younger, but don't think it is right to talk about a loss of form?
The Fear
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21/06/2012 10:07:00

Decent keeper but much too old to be getting in as your 'new keeper'...nooooo !
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21/06/2012 10:11:00

As we all know he's a great shot stopper but he doesn't have command of high balls into the box, which in turn puts more pressure on his defenders. Our problems last season were not just the fault of our central defenders.
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21/06/2012 10:32:00

Combined with the link of Shay going to QPR I wonder ?. Only thing Shay lacks in my opinion is command of his area. (wages again>?)
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21/06/2012 10:33:00

I'd have Shay over Ruddy all day long. No, he's not getting any younger, but a couple of errors in a very poor Irish side does not suddenly make him average. He's still a top top keeper and whilst he may not have the greatest command of his area, I still think he'd save us more points overall than Ruddy, for another season at least. If Ruddy was prepared to sit on the bench for a year, then as injuries and simply age take their toll on Shay we have a settled replacement already waiting. Then maybe young Siegrist will start sniffing around a place on the bench. I wouldn't want us to sign him as this year's number 1 though. Just my 2 cents!
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21/06/2012 10:49:00

QPR have just signed Green from West Ham.
Cheshire Villan
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21/06/2012 10:55:00

Limited funds..A keeper is NOT a priority IMO..Two quality central midfield players first, then two full backs etc
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21/06/2012 11:05:00

Agree krfeskvilla, central midfield is the key issue to sort out, then the back 4. I just hope Sid is passing on some useful performance notes.
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21/06/2012 11:12:00

Did we not agree to sign some Hearts keeper or something?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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21/06/2012 11:31:00

john ruddy is 25 years old,not 36 as stated above.
randolph villa
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21/06/2012 12:09:00

I think the word "Given" was missing after "the 36 year old"... blame Fear and his poor paraphrasing :)
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21/06/2012 12:33:00

I'd have Given in goal for Ruddy any day! His form's been criticised only since being in goal for Ireland, but look at the team he had in front of him, I'd rather take Butland and have him as No. 2 for now until Shay decides to leave or hang up his gloves.
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21/06/2012 14:01:00

Well he's got the same initials as the best keeper I've ever seen play for the Villa so that could be a good omen!!! I remember proudly wearing my "Jimmy Rimmer for Prime Minister" badge to school 20+ years ago!!
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21/06/2012 14:36:00

good spot BristolVillan!
The Fear
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21/06/2012 14:37:00

Unless Given is on his way out of the club, he'll be fine for next season. But we do need a decent back up so the gap can be filled cover wise until we see if Siegrist can reach his full potential, and that will be 2-3 years time including a full season out on loan. Not convinced by Ruddy, he wouldn't now come to be a No2 would he? Guzan though, treated fairer and given games, would certainly bridge the gap for me.
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21/06/2012 14:53:00

SJH - Marian Kello. I'm assuming it wasn't completed fully before Eck's departure, so stalled by either club or player because of the change in manager. Nothing in the press or from us as I've been curious myself, especially as the club have involved Holman quite vividly so far.
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21/06/2012 15:16:00

Mike, spot on re Guzan, never let us down as a number 2 and it would be great to see him get a new deal. Shay needs to rest his dodgy knee now, that was not the real Given at the euros.
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21/06/2012 22:24:00

Imposter at the Euros?!?!
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21/06/2012 22:25:00


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