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Author Topic: Gary Gardner - Retired  (Read 114507 times)

Offline Mellin

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Gary Gardner - Retired
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:05:27 AM »
It's all gone very quiet.

Was just wondering what his status is at the moment and if people still think he'll make it at Villa, or if you think he'll be moved on shortly? Obviously he had those two ACL injuries, which was massively unfortunate, especially at that stage of his development. Our midfield is a bit soft at the minute, so I find myself asking why he has had no playing time. Injured again? Not good enough?
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Offline Mellin

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014, 08:09:01 AM »
And as a brief aside, did N'Zogbia's leg fall off entirely?

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 08:26:04 AM »
His contract is up at the end of the season. I think it's doubtful we'll renew it. I think we should loan him out, see how he does and then decide to renew it.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 08:39:07 AM »
Was thinking something similar this morning. After KEAs performance last night, Gardner and Johnson can't be doing much on training to impress PL.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014, 12:40:58 PM »
Not even on the bench last night. Unless he and his agent have already decided that his career at VP is over to my mind he should be demanding a loan move so he can at least show PL what he can do in match play.
I don't think he was in the u-21s the other night? How many minutes competitive football has he played this season?

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 12:42:49 PM »
I think his time with us might be done, which is a real shame.

Offline martin o`who??

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 01:09:47 PM »
Is it just my imagination/wishful thinking, or was GG not VERY highly rated not so long ago, i spoke to someone connected with Blues youth set-up and he told me that even they rated him as a prospect (no great recommendation, i know). This is beginning to look very sad.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2014, 01:20:48 PM »
It's all gone very quiet.

Was just wondering what his status is at the moment and if people still think he'll make it at Villa, or if you think he'll be moved on shortly? Obviously he had those two ACL injuries, which was massively unfortunate, especially at that stage of his development. Our midfield is a bit soft at the minute, so I find myself asking why he has had no playing time. Injured again? Not good enough?

And as a brief aside, did N'Zogbia's leg fall off entirely?

N'zogbia is sleeping in Dunne's hibernation bunker from last season. Gardner sadly seems to have gone the way of Stefan Moore. Incredible promise not fulfilled. That may be a very harsh assessment but no evidence to contradict it at present.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2014, 02:07:24 PM »
One of the big disappointment's, so many people raved about him but when he did play he looked pretty ordinary.

Maybe he just aint good enough, the bad injury can not have helped.


Offline Can Gana Be Bettered!?!?

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014, 02:18:10 PM »
He hasn't had a look in, suggesting he's not good enough. It happens.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2014, 02:44:46 PM »
He's had too many injuries over key years in his development. It's one thing being touted as a possible next Gerrard at 16-18, but hes lost a good few years with injuries.

You'd also guess he'll be on a reasonable good wage, because he's not long after the likes of Fonz, Bannan and Albrighton were getting very good deals despite their age and not playing much. I mean GG could be on 15k a week, possibly even more, despite having played barely any first team football for us.

I don't see us renewing his deal. Likewise Albrighton hasn't played enough to warrant being on 20odd thousand a week. He could of course accept an extension for a reduced wage, but I don't think Lambert's style suits Albrighton. He's tried him in a few game but Lambo just isn't a fan of wingers it seems.

It's a shame but losing Gardner and Albrighton frees up a good chunk of wages that can go toward one decent player. Add on top of that the likes of Bent, Hutton etc who will likely leave and we should be looking at making significantly more ambitious signings than the likes of Bowery, Tonev, Sylla etc. More along the level of Bertrand, Vlaar, Benteke.

Gardner needs to get his head down and spend a year or two at a decent Championship side. I'd say the same goes for Albrighton too.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2014, 03:18:03 PM »
Sylla, KEA and Westwood were all bought and therefore backed by Lambert so they get away with a lot of dross performances because it reflects bad on the manager if he drops them/realises they're not up to it. Consequently, Gary Gardner, already devoid of match sharpness due to minor injuries after two major ones, has an uphill struggle to get any game time. He desperately needs a loan move to get him back playing. Hopefully, if it went well, Lambert would then give him a fair crack before the end of the season. Looking more unlikely with each passing week though.

Offline Villafirst

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2014, 03:27:32 PM »
Was thinking something similar this morning. After KEAs performance last night, Gardner and Johnson can't be doing much on training to impress PL.

Gardner on one leg would be better than KEA!!

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2014, 03:45:07 PM »
Don't understand why if he's fit he isn't going out on loan.

I would be surprised if we don't offer him a new 2 year deal or something unless he looks total off the pace from the bad injuries he's had.

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Re: Gary Gardner
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2014, 03:48:20 PM »
he's 21. delph had the same injuries at his age, and look at him now. i doubt gardner is on big money, and he'll want to prove himself at villa.

lambert has hardly excelled himself in bring in central midfielders. sylla and kea are limited. westwood is inconsistent and lacks bottle. he seems to buy defensive-minded, industrial midfielders in the mould he was as a player.