Date: 6th September 2007 at 11:10am
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Nigel Reo-Coker said, in Aston Villa News & Record, that the Villa fans have yet to see the best of him. The midfielder, who moved from West Ham in the summer, explained:

‘People must understand that there’s a lot more to come from me. At the moment I’m doing the job I’ve been told to do by the manager. I’m sacrificing a bit of my game for the sake of the team and I’m happy to do that as long as we’re winning games. But there’s much more I can offer. I’m really more of an attacking midfielder who can play from box to box but right now I’m playing more of a disciplined role.’

Hokey Cokey also says on the official site following his move, ‘It has been easy to settle here and I think all the new players feel they have settled well because they have been made to feel comfortable and part of the team. I believe the quicker that players are made to feel settled off the field, the quicker they settle on it, but I have also put pressure on myself that it is up to me to settle. From the moment I knew I was coming to Villa, I had already put that pressure on myself to try to make the move as swiftly and as easily as possible.’

And music to the old ears and something maybe Stiliyan Petrov – still settling in apparently? and Shaun Maloney, yet to find a home, should take note of?

‘I didn’t want people to be saying: ‘Give that player a year to settle’. I was moving out of London and I made the decision to leave, so it was up to me to get into the team as possible and I like to think I have done that.’

He also says he is grateful to the fans for the welcome adding, ‘I am not a superstar; I am not a match winner. The likes of Gareth Barry, Patrik Berger, Ashley Young and John Carew are match winners and superstars. I am just trying to play my part in the team.’

He also says that being a player in London can cause many distractions to the choice to move to Villa was an easy one, ‘Coming to such a big club with such a great heritage and to play for one of the best managers in Europe, someone who is so well respected in the game was an easy choice.’

 

33 Replies to “NRC Moving To Villa An Easy Choice”

  • what a humble guy. Altho you’d have never have guessed it from the bling he wears. long may his form and attitude continue and it refreshing to see that there are some footballers who are actually professionals and can distant themselves from the glamour of London

  • Seems like a sensible, down to earth lad. It’s not surprising that he and Barry are starting to work so well together, both intelligent players not too puffed up by ego. I think we have finally found the midfield pairing we have been searching for. To top it all we have Gardener who could do a great job deputising for either of them

  • have to agree murph, he seems very compossed and he’s the bite we’ve lacked. Ok he may pick up a few bookings, but i rather get into europe on points than through fair play . UTV

  • He hid it well for us at first ; give him time. Got nothing against you guys, you’re putting together great squad there, effort against Chelsea was amazing. But Coker’s as egotistical as they come, he makes the right noises, end of day the England U21 captain would have nothing but the best media training would he ? Actually you can hear rumblings already, ‘People must understand that there’s a lot more to come from me. At the moment I’m doing the job I’ve been told to do by the manager. I’m sacrificing a bit of my game for the sake of the team and I’m happy to do that as long as we’re winning games. But there’s much more I can offer. I’m really more of an attacking midfielder who can play from box to box but right now I’m playing more of a disciplined role.’ A good pro shuts up and gets on, does the job the manager tells him. In a way he’s publicly disagreeing with the manager’s view. Count how many times he says “I” or “I’m”. At the end of last season in his last interview after the United game live on Sky he said “I told all of my West Ham mates that I’d stay and keep West Ham up, and that’s what I’ve done”. That’s Nige.

  • The guys a born leader, lets just hope he doesnt get carried away. Seems like a arogant bugger though but as long as he and the team perform well on the pitch i couldnt care less. Its about time we had a bit of bite in our dressing room.

  • He’s been doing the job on the pitch I hope he’s been having a go at Petrov.I think a few ammers fans are regretting letting him go.

  • reminder: mourinho is an arrogant bugger and he’s a great manager, so reo coker can be an arrogant bugger and a great player. also liking the squad MON is putting together at villa. young and english is what its all about. best of luck for the season ahead, im harbouring a bit of a soft spot for the villa, the true claret and blue

  • And another point, the English midfield is decimated for the qualifiers and no ones even mentioned Coker. Guy was U21 captain for a good while so he must be ready ? Me thinks the flaws to his game and his attitude are well recognised. On the other hand, Gareth Barry to start in my book

  • I’ll be over the moon if Barry starts, he definately deserves it for his constant 8 out of 10 performances over the past 20-30 games.

  • Ferguson bought Roy Keane at 22 and he is not the best footballer in the world, but a driving force.That is what Reo-Coker gives us.I think the best element I am seeing with the team is the counter attacking threat.On more than one occasion he is there in the centre of the 6 yard box( Newcastle for example when Gabby spooned it!) breaking with the wingers.Once this is fine tuned it will be a deadly part of Villa play.Looking good!

  • barry deserves his chance for england, but i think it will be gerrard and hargreaves in the middle, with joey cole and swp out wide

  • I would like to see Mcduffus have some balls and surprise Israel by starting Barry in the centre and Ashely on the left…Barry was one of England’s shining lights in that game against Germany, at a time when everyone was lumping the ball up the field he was playing the simple balls at wide and creating openings. With Young on the left to take the passes and run at the defenders directly (Rather than taking it round them for the sake of it and then passing the ball backwards like a certain Mr Cole always seems to do!!) and getting the ball into the box, England may actually have a chance of scoring!! No doubt he’ll play a 80% fit Gerrard with the highly overrated Carrick in the middle though!!

  • As for NRC i think he’s been awesome and will continually get better under MON. The boy is class!!! I thought it was a close call between Laursen and NRC for MOTM as without NRC in the centre Chelsea would have surely broken us down in the end!!

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