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Offline Smithy

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #870 on: September 21, 2022, 04:47:08 PM »
Nathan Delfouenso has just signed a short term deal with Accrington Stanley.... he's 31!

Sobs quietly.

Iím sure it was only a few years ago I saw him play for England under 16s. I was convinced he was the real deal, skill, pace, composure. Iíve given up on spouting  wretched punditry.



You weren't wrong, he had all of those things. But he was also still growing quite a bit at that age, and ended up quite big, and it also doesn't take into account the mental side of the game and what's needed to be a top player.  Nathan certainly had all the physical attributes needed, but maybe he just didn't have the rest of it?  I remember him emerging and thinking we were on a run of really good forward prospects coming through our academy over a 6 or 7-year period. We'd had Vassell, Gabby was in his prime, and now young Nathan following in their footsteps.  Alas, it was never to be.

As fans we often seem to lose sight of the fact that a player who looks incredibly promising at 17/18 can be a completely different player when they finish growing at 21-ish.  It's why I'm so pleased to see a few of our youth team players doing well during their respective loans - how they do in men's football is a much better indicator of their future success than how they get on in youth or youth international games.

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #871 on: September 21, 2022, 09:09:29 PM »
He appeared on the back of an edition of H&V with the tagline something like "Local goalscoring heroes from Gary Shaw to Gabby Agbonlahor via Darius Vassell and the Moores...no pressure, Nathan".

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #872 on: September 21, 2022, 09:18:28 PM »
Rushian scored on his debut for Swindon. They lost the match though.

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #873 on: September 21, 2022, 09:22:50 PM »
He appeared on the back of an edition of H&V with the tagline something like "Local goalscoring heroes from Gary Shaw to Gabby Agbonlahor via Darius Vassell and the Moores...no pressure, Nathan".

Young Stefan will be 40 next year

Offline eamonn

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #874 on: September 21, 2022, 09:26:41 PM »
Yep, and his kid plays for Villa tweenies.

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #875 on: September 21, 2022, 09:59:43 PM »
He appeared on the back of an edition of H&V with the tagline something like "Local goalscoring heroes from Gary Shaw to Gabby Agbonlahor via Darius Vassell and the Moores...no pressure, Nathan".

Young Stefan will be 40 next year

I can't quite believe how promising Luke was as a kid and he eventually retired aged 29!

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #876 on: September 22, 2022, 10:43:54 AM »
Bacunaís Champions League aspirations remain very much a reality. Heís training at Small Heath.

I think that might be his brother

He has been without a club since leaving Cardiff in June, so there's every possibility he's hooked up with li'l bruv there...

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #877 on: September 27, 2022, 06:49:55 PM »
Quisling, anti-Vax idiot Fabian Delph has had to retire aged 32. Such a shame.

Offline PaulTheVillan

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #878 on: September 27, 2022, 07:50:38 PM »
Delph can do one. More big injuries than good seasons. Turncoat. No doubt a Tory

Offline Cliftonville Villlain

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #879 on: September 27, 2022, 08:31:36 PM »
Delph and Sterling - the snakes on a plane. Another Villa captain who took the money. And like Grealish good riddance.

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #880 on: September 27, 2022, 09:33:36 PM »
BBC News - Fabian Delph: Ex-England, Man City, Aston Villa, Leeds & Everton midfielder retires aged 32
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/63052878

The Snake slithers off
into the undergrowth.

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #881 on: September 28, 2022, 09:57:26 AM »
Delph and Sterling - the snakes on a plane. Another Villa captain who took the money. And like Grealish good riddance.

What's Sterling done?

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #882 on: September 28, 2022, 10:17:56 AM »
Delph and Sterling - the snakes on a plane. Another Villa captain who took the money. And like Grealish good riddance.

What's Sterling done?

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/fabian-delph-everton-fans-retirement-28097207

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #883 on: September 28, 2022, 10:27:37 AM »
Sterling?

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Re: Ex- Villa Players still playing watch
« Reply #884 on: September 28, 2022, 10:34:48 AM »
Maybe he's angry and disappointed with the falling rate of the pound?

 


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