Date: 5th December 2006 at 3:13pm
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Martin O’Neill says he is assessing Jlloyd Samuel now he has returned to fitness following a thigh injury.

The 25-year-old left-back now has the task of getting match fit and pushing for a starting place at left-back. His contract runs out in the summer and it will be up to him to prove he is worth a new contract.

‘Jlloyd was in the side here and got injured, now he’s coming back, and it’s now up to me to assess him properly playing at first-team level. I’m not talking about what might have happened in the past, it’s up to us and Jlloyd to sit down and discuss his future.’

‘I’ve not had a chance to assess Jlloyd because of his injury in the Reading game. He is just coming back now. I’ll be sitting down with him and asking him what his own views are. There may be interest from other clubs, that doesn’t mean people aren’t already chatting to him although they can’t do anything about it this year. They’re not officially able to speak to somebody until January 1. But in the next few weeks I’ll be sitting down and having a chat with Jlloyd about his future.’

No idea how we managed to let him run his contract down, Jlloyd was an asset but come January he can agree a move and leave for nothing in the summer. Lets hope with the new board in place this situation doesn’t arise again. I still say Jlloyd could be a big player for Villa if he was able to re-gain his form of two seasons ago. There is no way he has become a bad player overnight, just over David O’Leary’s reign as manager!! He also played a good part of last season with injuries to help the cause.

Lets face it, we need Wilfred Bouma to have competition for his place as he hasn’t set the world alight since his arrival, although he is improving this season.


13 Replies to “Jlloyd Samuel Needs To Prove Worth”

  • Wasn’t aware that we’d allowed him to enter the final months of his contract. That has to be a concern. I’m hopeful that he can resurrect his Villa Park career, but the thought that he could move on for nothing come seasons end is another example of bad planning by the old board and previous manager.

  • Even in a poor team last year, Jloyd stood out as particularly awful. He’s rubbish in my opinion – see how many clubs come in for him!

  • I have never been a fan of JLlyod..maybe one of thgose that will leave next year to make way for some new blood. Would still love to see us go for Wayne Bridge. The prospect of him and GB down the left is mouth watering!

  • Sorry but i have to agree. JLloyd is not a player that will help us break into the top 5 and i think Martin O’neill knows this. I was at the Reading game when he got injured and he was diabolical. Will still cheer him if he plays again though.

  • macka was you at the Arse game first game of the season when he was outstanding? Against Reading he done his thigh muscle injury in the first few minutes and should not be judged on that. Other people with more football knowledge than us fans, have seen fit to call him up for England. So he can not be that bad. He struggled last season as did most players (but often played on with injury). He had a fall out with the previous manager (can’t remember his name) and that affected what was seen on the pitch. Over years as fans we have treated some players with total scorn, and they have come back to haunt us. Jlloyd will be one of those if we let him go.

  • I believe he is a player who O’Neil can develop, he has pace which has to be a major bonus, and puts him ahead of Bouma in my opinion. Lets give him a try in the new side and then make a decision.

  • He’s just not good enough! However I do agree that MON needs to assess for himself that he isnt good enough so expect him to start a few games before Jan. Just hope he doesnt cost us any points.

  • VOTH – I was not at the Arsenal game no, for what ever difference that makes. I have seen enough to be able to pass an opinion though. I have never treated him with scorn nor booed him like others have, my OPINION is he is not good enough to take us forward a view shared by the mojority on here by the look of it. Michael Ricketts played for England!!

  • i think the best way to sum this up is that, alot like ginola, he has the potential to be an amazing player and villa hero , however, its all to do with whether he wants to be. problem is sometimes he just doesn’t seem arsed.

  • In my view he’s an extremely gifted player but so ******* frustrating. He has moments of almost pure genius then follows this with a rush of blood to the brain and commits massive blunders. Needles to say there have been more blunders than moments of genius. I though he was beginning to put his problems behind him in the Brum derby game at VP in April -he seemed to be on a “high” with a capacity crowd and all the fans behind him for once. I’d love to see MON turn his career around and if he can do this, he’ll have another top class player back in the squad. Good luck to you both – we need the sort of talent JLloyd possesses.

  • Strides lucky to be in charge of himself ‘Gordonsleftboot’. I’m amazed that he’s still part of the scenery at Villa Park, but thats another story, another debate.

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