Villa Park has seen many changes over the last six months. A new manage rin Gerard Houllier has come in and done things his way. Buying and selling footballers that will play in his style.
But there is still plenty of dead wood at the Midlands’ club that here at COS we feel should be moved on.
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A panic buy from former manager Martin O’Neil. A right-back was desperately needed and Beye was available for £500,000 after Newcastle United were relegated to the Championship. But O’Neil then continued to play Nigel Reo-Coker (out of position) as well as use Luke Young and Carlos Cuellar in that position. The Senagalese international is still at Villa Park but cannot break into the first-team.
Another player brought in by Martin O’Neil. There were big expectations of him but he never really came to anything and has just lost his shirt number to Jean Makoun. He was supposed to be huge star at Villa Park but a handful of first-team appearances have led to limited opportunities for the Togo international. He does not look like he will get ahead of the other central midfielders in the squad.
An academy product, and local lad, who started out promisingly with good performances in the first team but another player who was the victim of James Milner’s form and Martin O’Neil’s lack of squad rotation. Currently he is out on-loan at Sheffield Wednesday and showing promise again, but he is behind Barry Banan and Cieran Clark as well as the first choice experienced centre midfielders in the pecking order.
Considered past his best by Arsene Wenger in 2006, Gerard Houllier believed his fellow Frenchman will help inspire the next generation of Aston Villa players. Well that remains to be seen but he certainly is not inspiring results. Since arrivcing in Novemebr Pires has played seven games scoring once. Hardly a sign of a messiah.
The much-maligned striker has once again struggled to score goals on a consistent level and with the big-money capture of Darren Bent in January the former England striker looks to be heading for the exit. 13 goals in 73 games is hardly prolific and with Villa changing the way they play with younger players, Bruno’s days are numbered.