Player Review: Nigel Reo-Coker

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Who better to occupy my second instalment of Player Review than Villa’s new temporary captain, Nigel Reo-Coker. The 26-year-old was handed the honour of the club armband after permanent skipper, Stiliyan Petrov was injured in last weekend’s clash with Sunderland. The knee problem is likely to keep the Bulgarian out of action until the New Year but the unfortunate nature of the injury for Petrov symbolises an unbelievable turn of events in the Villa career of Nigel Reo-Coker. After featuring in 8 of the 9 league games thus far, just 2 less than the whole of last term, the midfielder has impressed new manager Gerard Houllier and fans alike with his tireless performances in the centre of the park. It is perhaps not a surprise that the London born player was entrusted with the captaincy having led both of his previous clubs, Wimbledon and West Ham, from the age of 20. Reo-Coker has also captained Villa on numerous occasions, most notably lifting the Peace Cup in last year’s pre-season, and his ability to lead by example made him an exemplary candidate for the role. The tenacious England Under-21 international will guide his team out for the first time in the league this season against fierce rivals Birmingham on Sunday. Full Reo-Coker Review

Ashley Young Stalls Contract Negotiations

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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After previously stating that he was keen to extend his contract at Aston Villa, winger, Ashley Young has halted proceedings preferring to discuss terms at the end of the season. The retraction of interest will worry Villa fans as undoubtedly one of their key men has drawn interest from a number of high profile clubs in the past. After the Milner transfer saga many feared that Young would follow the midfielder out the exit door due to the departure of ex-manager and the man who signed the 25-year0old, Martin O’Neill. Fans would have been delighted to see Young express his happiness at the club following the arrival of Gerard Houllier and a deal looked closed to completion last week. Now the player appears keen to focus on playing but even the most optimistic Villa fan may see ulterior motives in the attacker’s decision. Young Future Uncertain