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Author Topic: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up  (Read 4494 times)

Offline paul_e

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #90 on: April 09, 2020, 11:07:11 PM »
Yorke was world class at a time when teams (Villa and utd) played with two strikers. How would he fare as a lone striker in the formations of today?

I reckon he would have done very well, he was a clever footballer and used space and other peoples runs well, also very good at holding a ball into feet as he matured.

I would never have said hed make it after seeing him the first couple of times.


Yorke and Benteke with Grealish in behind would be nightmare to defend, Yorke's movement off the ball was exceptional and Grealish and Benteke are like magents for defenders. I honestly think all at their best, with a functional midfield in behind, sees Yorke scoring 30+ for the season.

That would be some forward line if you had 3 absolute machines behind them.

Yeah, Barry, Milner and 1 from about 5-6 (again based on me only choosing players from the premier league era because I'd only been to a handful of games before that).

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #91 on: April 12, 2020, 09:19:38 AM »
I'm not saying he should be in this particular conversation but it is odd that Darius Vassell never seems to feature on these nostalgia binges in the way that so many other strikers do. Why is that? He was no world beater but he was fairly solid for us and also for England.

There was that period under Sven where he seemed set to become a real star for England. For some strange reason I can remember the 90s more clearly than I can recall the 00s! Can anybody shed some light on the subject?

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #92 on: April 12, 2020, 01:09:28 PM »
I'm not saying he should be in this particular conversation but it is odd that Darius Vassell never seems to feature on these nostalgia binges in the way that so many other strikers do. Why is that? He was no world beater but he was fairly solid for us and also for England.

There was that period under Sven where he seemed set to become a real star for England. For some strange reason I can remember the 90s more clearly than I can recall the 00s! Can anybody shed some light on the subject?

Unfortunately Vassell tends to get mentioned in terms of how limited England's options up front were at the time behind Owen and Rooney. He came for an injured Rooney v Portugal in 2004, missed a pen and I'm not sure if he ever featured again.

In a Villa shirt, I liked him but his scoring record was patchy. Combined well with Angel at times. Certainly better than his ultimate replacement Baros ever did. I guess the Moore brothers were
coming from the youths around then so he was let go to City. Decent player but no more.

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #93 on: April 13, 2020, 02:13:46 PM »
Re-watched a 1993 game yesterday. Gary Parker is a massively under-rated player; not in  the ulitimate team selection space but not far off.

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #94 on: April 13, 2020, 02:55:53 PM »
I think he was great on his day, and one of the best passers I've seen at Villa. He wasn't great on a regular basis, though, as far as I recall. Somewhat hit and miss. He does seem to have become something of a forgotten figure from that season though, it's odd.

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #95 on: April 13, 2020, 03:33:07 PM »
I think he was great on his day, and one of the best passers I've seen at Villa. He wasn't great on a regular basis, though, as far as I recall. Somewhat hit and miss. He does seem to have become something of a forgotten figure from that season though, it's odd.

Parker was one of a group of players around that time who was either unplayable or anonymous with little in between, Dalian Atkinson being the prime example.

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #96 on: April 13, 2020, 05:27:20 PM »
A player in the category of lacked a yard of pace but as said he had great touch and scored a great goal at Anfield. I seem to remember him fading as the season went on.

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Re: Your all-time, ultimate Aston Villa line-up
« Reply #97 on: April 13, 2020, 08:12:59 PM »
I'm not saying he should be in this particular conversation but it is odd that Darius Vassell never seems to feature on these nostalgia binges in the way that so many other strikers do. Why is that? He was no world beater but he was fairly solid for us and also for England.

There was that period under Sven where he seemed set to become a real star for England. For some strange reason I can remember the 90s more clearly than I can recall the 00s! Can anybody shed some light on the subject?

Unfortunately Vassell tends to get mentioned in terms of how limited England's options up front were at the time behind Owen and Rooney. He came for an injured Rooney v Portugal in 2004, missed a pen and I'm not sure if he ever featured again.

In a Villa shirt, I liked him but his scoring record was patchy. Combined well with Angel at times. Certainly better than his ultimate replacement Baros ever did. I guess the Moore brothers were
coming from the youths around then so he was let go to City. Decent player but no more.

Not the first player of ours to become a hit with England and then see his form drop completely for us.

As for the greatest XI, me and my lad were talking today and I said you can only pick players you've seen.

To be fair, he chose a midfield of Milner, Grealish, Young and McGinn. He had John Carew and Christian Benteke up front.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2020, 08:39:07 PM by CT »

 


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