Date: 18th July 2010 at 11:34am
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Fonz, Marc and Keano pressure?

It looks like Robbie Keane is on his way in to Aston Villa in a deal rumoured to be £6M; I know some people on here are still complaining that we didn’t sign him all those years ago but that’s in the past now, it’s time to move on. Robbie Keane is proven in the Premier League to be a goal scorer which is why it baffles me that people think this £6M deal (which by the way I think is a bargain!) is a bad idea purely because Robbie is now 30-years-old.

Age shouldn’t come into it. Look at Chelsea’s front line: Didier Drogba (32-years-old) Nicolas Anelka (31-years-old) With Chelsea having just won the league I think that extra experience upfront may have actually helped them! Both were on fire in the goals department last season, and with Keano still younger than both of them why should it be any different for him? If you are a proven goal machine then that doesn’t change just because of age, maybe he isn’t as pacey as he was 5 years ago but who cares? With the deliveries from Ash, Milner (hopefully) and Downing this season I would be shocked if Keane banged in fewer than 20 goals in all competitions. Don’t knock the guy before he’s even started his Villa career! I think he is a great buy, a real bargain and an exceptional talent!

Even thought of a chant for him already: ‘Robbie! Robbie Keane! Villa’s, Goal Machine!’ (Tune – Daddy Cool) And a quick note on the youth players that will be used more this year especially in the Europa League. Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso are both aged 20 and 19 respectively. They are both young and still learning the game, I have high hopes for both of them.

But I hear Villa fans saying how Marc and the Fonz should be used more and how Marc should be starting for Villa on the right and the Fonz up top with Gabby. I would like to see both of them start a game too, but with people’s expectations on the futures of these two players and others shooting sky high, I can only see things turning out less than what you expected. They are great talents, but I hate to see people labeling them as the next stars when they still have a long way to go.

Hopefully they will turn out to be stars for the future, but they won’t be stars for the here and now, they need time; I just hope the Villa faithful will give them that time and have patience with the two lads. Having high hopes is good for the youth players, I just hope they don’t hope for too much from them too soon.

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