Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday June 21 2012
Darrent Bent has told www.birminghammail.net he thinks that Stephen Ireland is the best player at Villa.
The mercurial 25-year-old player has 2 years left on his current deal which saw James Milner move to Man City.
Bent says Ireland has to be played in the right position, which is in the hole behind the striker/s.
"There`s no point playing Stevie Ireland one game and then moving him to the right and then taking him out the team. You`ve got to play Stevie Ireland four or five games in that position and go from there. For me, as I`ve said before, he`s the best footballer in the squad, and if you want to see the best Stephen Ireland and get the best out of him like you did against Chelsea you need to be playing him - and I think that`s what we need to do."
Bent adds that as a striker Ireland is the sort of player you want behind you in the hole.... no, hang on, that needs re-phrasing... err... he says he`ll give a striker more chances played in the right position. Phew, that`s better. This is not 'that` sort of site.
Apparently he was very proud to win the supporters player of the season award (done via the Lions site man of the match votes) and that you could see after that 'he seemed like a different person`.
Just shows what a bit of faith and confidence can do for a player.
"To be fair, it can take time for players to settle and some need more time than others, but a happy, in-form Stephen Ireland is great to have. Confidence can make a massive difference to any player and when he is feeling good about himself the performances will follow."
Ireland won the man of the match Vital Villa poll five times last season and came second seven times.
Stephen Ireland Profile.
Forum thread: Would you keep Stephen Ireland?
Date:Thursday June 21 2012
Lambert Thanks Fans For Vociferous Support (Sunday May 19 2013)
Stats: Wigan v Aston Villa (Sunday May 19 2013)
Wigan v Villa - Team News 19/5/13 (Sunday May 19 2013)
We Deserve To Finish Higher (Saturday May 18 2013)
Pre Season Takes Shape (Friday May 17 2013)
Something For The Weekend (424) (Friday May 17 2013)
Lambert Sticking To His Policy - No Big Signings (Friday May 17 2013)
Shaun Maloney Speaks To Vital Wigan About Stan (Friday May 17 2013)
Mystic Mug Sits On Fence To Beat Lawro! (Friday May 17 2013)
Clark Ruled Out Of Wigan Match (Thursday May 16 2013)
|1.||Pride of Lions||868|
|Man Utd||3||-||0||Aston Villa|
|15. Aston Villa||38||10||11||17||-22||41|
|The Reality Of Newcastle United
» Newcastle : 20/05/2013 00:43:00
|PDC: 'Environment worse here than Swindon'
» Sunderland : 20/05/2013 00:39:00
|Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland
» Sunderland : 20/05/2013 00:31:00
|Report - Swansea City 0-3 Fulham
» Swansea : 19/05/2013 23:07:00
|West Ham 4 - 2 Reading
» Reading : 19/05/2013 22:55:00
» Newcastle : 19/05/2013 21:53:00
|The Moment That Made It All Worthwhile
» Arsenal : 19/05/2013 20:48:00