Villa have got 3 or 4 young players who potentially could go a very long way.
Gardner, Bannan, Albrighton, Wiemann, Delfouneso and Clark..
So make that 6. Thanks to the press's obsession with the North West and London and the North East being so self absorbed it's untrue it has gone under the radar even though several high profile people have praised the Villa boys.
You may have heard our Reserves full of kids beat Arsenals 10-1 earlier this year. Now promotion chasing Championship teams want our young players on loan and when they've gone they've done well. Wiemann at Watford impressed. Lichaj has won over Leeds fans. Bannan is loved by Holloway and Blackpool and was Holloways No.1 target last summer.
We may end up selling them like WHU, but if we keep them I honestly think we'll have a bunch to rival what United did in the 90's with Beck, Scholes, Gigg and the Nevilles.
We need Houllier to compliment these youngsters with excellent pro's who can teach the young players how to conduct them selves on and off the pitch. That is why Dunne, Collins, Warnock and the other party and pie players will be given the steel toecap treatment in the summer and players like Pires and Makoun will be huge influences.
We all appreciate that City.
The problem with Villa this season hasn't been the kids though, its been an absolute lack of proffessionality by players like Dunne, Collins, Warnock ect...
Houllier came and saw what all Villa fans saw, they weren't fit enough to last 90 mins. They were wandering in and out of training as and when they pleased.
Houllier put in a strict fitness plan and requested players be at training by a certain time... suddenly some of the players decided that this was unreasonable, they owed Villa nothing and we've been putting up with half assed performances from many players for most of the season. But with no manager in the summer to buy, two mangers this season excluding mon and not having the ability to completely over haul a squad in January has meant Villa have been playing effectively with 2 men down in every game.
Makoun, Bent, Young, Downing, ReoCoker have the making of a great team. If we had a defence with Walker and Clark and two experience decent defenders we'd be up with Spurs. We've also had no luck this season. Bolton the latest example, we should of had 6 goals on the weekend.
Watch out for the name Gardner, Wiemann, Albrighton, Bannan, Clark making big impressions soon with the potential of Carruthers, Johnson, Halfhuid, Hogg, Lichaj developing in to decent players too. Then there's the young lad who I won;t mention by name that Fergie has been trying to pinch... but he's going to sign next week... now that kid is a phenom.
I've watch football for nearly 25 years properly and can never remember seeing such a talented group of young players coming through. It's hard to gauge how well they'll do in the first team but we've had some pretty decent players come through in the recent past. Barry, Gabby, Cahill, Moore who's a beast for Swansea and I think these are better than them. Though I'd have Cahill back in a heart beat...
I will rework my "Are we a Mini Barca" Article I did for 606.
It'll get the other fans biting. ;)
Where do I post it or send it?