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    GIDDYVILLAN May 22, 2014 at 7:35 am . Reply

    Good news IF he stays fit, I some how doubt he will get through the season injury free.one year contract imo

  2. MarkDraperNumber8
    MarkDraperNumber8 May 22, 2014 at 8:11 am . Reply

    Very good news and he should be given a real chance next season, he has more quality than our entire current midfield. As Giddy says though, staying injury free will be a tough ask!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 22, 2014 at 10:00 am . Reply

      Why is everyone so ecstatic about Gardner. From what iv seen of him he us very lightweight and nothing special. Am I missing something

      1. MarkDraperNumber8
        MarkDraperNumber8 May 22, 2014 at 10:32 am . Reply

        A proper box to box midfielder with ability that we are crying our for his performances in the CL for kids were nothing short of superb mate. He’s miles better than Delph, the most overrated Villa midfielder in our history

        1. Kerryvillan
          Kerryvillan May 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm . Reply

          Saying he is better than Delph is ridiculous! What attributes does he have exactly that are better than Delph? Dribbling-no ,passing-no, defending-no, skill-no, shooting- possibly, so ya a way better player than the player of the season! The only thing Gardner is better at is getting injured but if he can come back from that like Delph did then i think he will do well and i really hope he does.

          1. MarkDraperNumber8
            MarkDraperNumber8 May 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm . Reply

            Mate, picking player of the season at Villa is like trying to pick the next primeminister, they’re all shite but you have to choose one. Delph is exacltly that and always will be and you’ll notice that if we ever get decent midfielders.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath May 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm . Reply

              Agree with Delph as player of season but still don’t rate him. He was just the best of a truly awful bunch of players. Even Heskey would of stood out amongst that lot

  3. nath
    nath May 22, 2014 at 10:20 am . Reply

    first good news in a long while ~ so much depressing news makes u wonder if its all worth it, but i like gardner he has sumat wot westwood and delph don’t eye for a goal, villa lack a goal threat outside the box, he has this like his brother does.

  4. Colonius81
    Colonius81 May 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm . Reply

    hmm he has plenty of attributes that delph doesn’t have, shooting from distance is one both from open play and at set pieces, set pieces on the whole i would say, he is a corner taker too.
    Its also fair to say he has a better range of passing than Delph, but that wouldn’t be hard.
    From his next gen outings, he showed a maturity in games, a captains trait or more of an ability to take responsibility in midfield. If he follows through on that, its sorely needed in our outfit.
    They both share the box to box attribute, however Delph can go past his man, and is far far pacier than Gardner.
    actually thinking back to this season, delph scored a few from distance this year. considering the lack of possession we had and his defensive duties, that is not bad going.
    That finish against liverpool and the flick finish against chelsea were fantastic.

    I think it is harsh to say Delph is overrated, and its a little presumptuous to say Gardner is the real deal yet.
    ( what is Delph being rated as anyways? to me he was an attacking naturally left sided midfield teenager with bags of potential. He became an injury plagued lightweight defensive midfielder who can’t tackle under O neill and mcLeish, not sure if houllier played him or was he injured at that point?
    under Lambert, he has regained his fitness and improved in the two full seasons injury free. He has been able to get further forward this year and he has been one of our best midfielders this season gone for it.
    I feel with more possession based approach as well as an actual dedicated defensive midfielder behind him to allow him to go forward more, he will improve again next season.

  5. turv32
    turv32 May 29, 2014 at 11:14 am . Reply

    Cant be getting paid much, as he was on the same Ryanair flight as me last night that came back from malaga

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath May 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm . Reply

      could be just tight or likes to fly economy as some rich people do

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