Date: 27th September 2006 at 11:43am
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Martin O’Neill is looking to tie young Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne to the club on a long-term deal.

Osbourne was given number 27 as a squad number last month and O’Neill wants to see the 18-year-old stay and develop at Villa.

O’Neill told the official site: ‘We had a mixed game one day and he was brought in to play and he hasn’t left us since. I think he’s done very well indeed. I wouldn’t want young players here at the football club with not a great deal of time left on their contracts. He has one year left, or something like that on his contract and I’d like to do something about it because he has done very well.’

‘While it’s very easy to shout from afar, he’s definitely got a chance. His hero is Patrick Vieira – and he’s not a bad one to aspire to! I like Osbourne. I think he is really decent. He is learning his trade here and he is a good lad too. His whole approach to the game is so refreshing for a start, which I suppose you would expect from a youngster. But he can pass it and he can run with it. He’s got a really good natural ability and it’s encouraging.’

 

10 Replies to “O’Neill Looks To Secure Youngster”

  • For me, Isaiah has a great deal of potencial and of course, ability yet. He could be a Villa Hero some day…I would prefer long term deal from 3 to 5 years for him.

  • tell you what – this guy is class on football manager..got a few injuries and i threw him in the first team…he went from 300k to 13m in 2 seasons

  • MON should let all our youngtsers play a whole game together, we could have the next scholes, nevilles, beckhams and gigg’s in our ranks

  • He’s never particularly impressed me, or stood out as a gem, whenever I’ve seen him play (a good few times now), but MON is obviously a lot better judge of a potential footballer than I’ll ever be. Get the kid signed up on a decent deal. He’s obviously do

  • Plus of course these youngsters do need time to develop. Maybe we (I) expect too much too soon sometimes.

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