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Well, since you all asked, here's how I see Villa's midfield over the next few months. Makoun will get a lot of time, as he's one of the January signings and is highly regarded (though he did pick up a minor injury the other day against Wigan), Petrov has had some injury concerns this term, but has been back recently. I think his best role was the other day when he came on for about the last 35-40 minutes of the match--he's old and slow and with a rest for the first part of the match he'll be better late in the game to keep things calm. Bannan gets time too, but he is very young, and just now getting experience. Delph has potential and is highly thought of, but he reaggrevated a long term injury on his first game back--we haven't seen him since. Pires is old and a one off--I think Houllier did him a favor by signing him. He just today scored his first goal and I don't expect many more. So that leaves Reo-Coker as one of Bradley's biggest competitors for a spot. Reo-Coker is a nice battling player who is technically poor with an even poorer shot. In addition I think he's on his way out in the summer, so if Villa is interested in Bradley as a prospect, I think given all the information above they will likely give him a legitimate shot to play. That's my two cents.
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Jan 29, 2011