Player Review: Nigel Reo-Coker

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Aston Villa, Player Reviews 

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

New Player Review Feature – Ashley Young

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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With the new manager beginning to settle into his job at Villa Park and a traumatic pre-season behind us, exciting news on the Villa front is drying up. In order to get your opinions and hopefully your interest I will be bringing in some new features to the site as well as hoping to strike a deal with the club to get official press releases and images. While I wait upon that enquiry, here is a feature I will be running focusing in on the performances of certain individuals. In a week where he has made his first international starting XI I thought who better to start with then Ashley Young. Remember these are only opinions alongside my player ratings so let me know how you think Young has started the 2010/11 season!

Ashley Young Assessment

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