Date: 19th February 2007 at 3:11pm
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Martin O’Neill has brought the Villa youngsters back down to earth saying just because they have played a lot of Premiership games, it doesn’t mean anything!

He told the official site: ‘I think that playing 20-30, even 50 Premiership games does not make you a class Premiership player. It should help you, but nothing more. Sometimes I think players get recognition because of TV cameras and other influences. I think reputations can be won too easily in this game and I want our younger players to avoid that here. A bit of recognition is no guarantee of anything.’

Adding: ‘It means you’re doing something half reasonable, but it does not make you the complete player. I’ve seen it so often. It would be interesting to see and England Under-18 or Under-21 team from six years ago and see how many have fallen by the wayside. You never know, I might be proved wrong. I wouldn’t want any players here to get carried away with anything.’

‘I think that the young lads are making progress. I think the experience here will stand them in good stead. That’s not saying that their games are mistake-free. Whose are? They’re gaining in experience, but there will be a time when they will have to stand up and be counted.’

In other words, I’m the boss, you are the kids, don’t get too big for your boots, the hard work starts now!

 

12 Replies to “O’Neill Warns Villa Youngsters”

  • Preparing them for the summer when they’re replaced methinks. Harsh but to progress we have to have better than what we have at present. Will this make them or the old uns play better or think what’s the point?

  • Laying the foundations for put up or shut up, a nice bit of pressure, and nice to know that MON will not settle for what he is getting out of them, and yes Saurat, I think they know it too, the summer should be interesting.

  • 2 things, neither about this blog, but as yet there is nowhere i can put these – 1- theres rumours of bellamy againg, ever since he tried to take out riise witha 9 iron he’s been linked back to o’neill. 2- did anyone look up the term ‘cult’ for the latest poll? none of those players are cult as everybody knows about them. a cult is something that few people know about. so my vote is the king of supersubs……Mr Ian Olney !!. thanks for listening!!

  • Bobbyfett – he’ll be going for half-price now. Damaged goods. Don’t think we need him now. A mate said David Villa had been mentioned but I haven’t heard anything. Cult – Allan Evans, pyscho-Evans, la la la la, la la.

  • Supporters are only too ready and willing to build up and praise the youngsters coming through the ranks, yet less than two minutes later start criticising and writing them off. The great MON speaks a lot of sense – youngsters (and supporters) take heed.

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