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  1. Colonius81
    Colonius81 October 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm . Reply

    He has been disappointing this year – no doubt. from the bits and pieces i have seen him.
    too early to say he has fallen .. more like the ebb and flow of a footballer and his form.

    That said.
    I think i agree with ooahh in terms of his defensive abilities.
    I think he is an average defender at best. when he loses form like he has .. hmm very suspect at the back for me.

    Maybe that’s too harsh. what i have noticed from last year even when we were playing well towards the end of the season.
    1- pace .. he lacks out and out pace to be honest. i wouldn’t say he is slow but he is not what i describe as pacey.
    2- one on ones defensively .. i have seen him lose quite a few especially against pacey wingers
    3- defensive positioning. – this i am less sure of .. as i have seen him cover for beaten CB’s in the first half of last season when we weren’t great.
    the most recent example of poor positioning would be the goal we conceded against arsenal?

    plus points.
    1- as some one said his link up play – very good at offering himself to midfield for give and go.
    2- his crossing .. i can’t remember too many wayward ones but i can remember 2 absolute vicious crosses he put in off the top of my head .. its fair to say he can cross a ball
    3- the odd screamer .. you cant complain about a full back that can hit it from range – its another weapon and another thing an opposition defense has to think about.

    in my opinion .. he is so so defender with a good cross and willing to get forward.
    who just happens to be badly out of form right now.
    I think he has improved though as the season went on last year and i don’t see any reason why he can’t improve when he recaptures his form.
    no reason to abandon him to the scrap heap

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm . Reply

      Spoil on mate. Especially point 2 he is awful on one on ones. Queue the apologists ‘it’s because he dosnt get cover from midfield bollocks’

  2. Naughtius Maximus
    Naughtius Maximus October 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm . Reply

    no, he is awful on one on ones.
    hopefully he’ll get some form back but for now he’s dropped and you can see why.

  3. Original London Lion
    Original London Lion October 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm . Reply

    A full back’s job is very subjective. If the opponents have a strong winger who is their main threat then the full back is in the spotlight, he will do well or badly but he won’t be ignored. If the opponents attack down the middle or on the other wing the full back may have a quiet game but that may also allow him to link with the attack, and his game will be judged as an extra winger not as a defender. I have been watching Villa for over 50 years and the outstanding player to me in that time was a right back. I’ll let you guess which.

    1. Vaze
      Vaze October 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm . Reply

      John Gidman ?

      Could be Kenny Swain, or Fernando Nelson lol !

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson October 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm . Reply

        No one remembers little Alan Wright.?

        1. colonius81
          colonius81 October 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm . Reply

          i remember him ! bombing up and down the left of brian littles 3-5-2!
          he had a great cross and a decent shot from range
          mr reliable definitely! but mcgrath is my all time favourite villan

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath October 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm . Reply

            His own flaw was he was too small

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath October 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm . Reply

          I do. Alan wright he’s got no hair but we dont care Alan Alan wright lol

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm . Reply

      John gidman?

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