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Gardner Is The Future

No, it's not Garlic Bread, it's Gary Gardner whot's the future if you listen to Stephen Ireland.

The Birmingham Mail carry a few quotes from the midfielder concerning his younger colleagues, and here's what he had to say.

'There are a few players coming through and Gary Gardner is one of those. A lot of them have ability and it's up to them when they get their chance to try to keep the shirt. I think the future looks bright with these guys. Gary is a good player and since he's broken through he's worked really hard in training and been impressive. It's up to him now, he could be in the centre of Villa's midfield for the next ten to 12 years.'

Whilst it's good to see the seniors talking up the youngsters, let's remember to not put too much pressure on them. In relative terms due to his injury, Gardner is still playing catch up and as we saw from his performances last season, whilst he's good enough to play a part, he's not the finished deal yet and he's not ready yet in terms of experience to live up to the expectations many have of him.

A good season this term will probably be in the region of 20 starts for him, but there's no doubt we won't see the best he can offer for another year or two, so let him catch up on that experience before putting more pressure on his shoulders.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 10 2012

Time: 5:15PM

Your Comments

Agree Mike, there's plenty of time for Gazza to show us what he can do consistantly, if played in an advanced role behind the striker he has that knack of making runs and finishng just like a younger Lampard or Gerrard no doubt about that, his injury did hold him back also that last manager i hate to say his name played Gazza too deep mind you he played everybody too deep;)
ClivetheVillan
ref the who be captain debate - ireland is a good candidate.
malacaxeta
Yep, I think GG could have a good season this season. PL will have him playing proper football and as Clive says playing just behind the two main strikers. Also agree with malacaxeta re Ireland for captain. I think he'd thrive on the extra esponsibility.
Pride of Lions
The sooner Ireland goes and GG becomes our attacking goalscoring midfielder the better . GG may not be as flash as Ireland but he knows where the net is .
villan57
Vlaar for captain. Natural leader. Soory to hijack this article for that comment. I used to believe Ireland could do it but watching Vlaar last Saturday, it just looks so obvious who should captain the team. The only reason against it would be to let him settle in to PL first. We need a strong character as captain and Ireland is still too 'flitty' in games for my liking.
Gordonsleftboot
villan57 did you watch us last season? Gardner might turn out to be a great player but right now he isn't even close to being in the same league as Ireland
AVbornandbred
vlaar can be captain when ireland isnt on the field :)
malacaxeta
Would love Ireland o fous on his own performances (I know its Club PR) But Ireland needs to act an play like a reliable senor \premership player
fatloser
Agree Fatloser, on paper (and wages wise) Ireland should be our starman. This season will be his last chance i feel so it's up to him. So far it's been very hard to give our youngsters starts due to our poor form, every game for the past 2 years has pretty much been a must win battle to avoid relegation. Young players can't thrive or settle in that type of situation.
son_of_cher
Garlic bread? I'm lost?!
The Fear
Yeh garlic bread, it's the future apparently. Keep up JF!
mike_field
 

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