Date: 16th October 2008 at 3:49pm
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Martin O’Neill is looking forward to the selection headache prior to the Pompey match.

After the Chelsea match many think it’s likely that Cuellar and Milner will come in for starts, but the question is – at the expense of who?

Speaking on the official site O’Neill has again insisted that all players will have their fair share of on pitch action this season.

‘I thought James and Carlos made good contributions when they came on against Chelsea. I have no doubts about either of them being top players for this club in the coming years.

‘I think James will be an absolute class act here at Villa. He’s had to sit out a few weeks early on in his career at Villa Park because people have been doing well.

‘But James, when he steps into the side, will be quality. And Carlos will definitely make his mark here at Villa Park.

‘Players are coming into contention but I don’t mind making difficult decisions. There are undoubtedly hard calls.

‘But last season we ended up with a relatively settled side, meaning we went into most games with the same players.

‘Now we have European games to cater for which means we will have a bit of changing back and forward.

‘Certain lads will be coming in and playing a couple of games and then we’ll have the usual injuries and suspensions. We need everyone. That’s my view.’

If we do aswell as we hope to this season we will definitely need the players and more. We certainly don’t want the hassle and problems of official rotation, but mixing the team up every now and then can only be a good thing.