Gerrard Houllier’s tenure at Aston Villa has been up and down, mostly down. Their draw at Everton this weekend is not really a bad point in the grand scheme of things, Goodison Park is never an easy place to go.
Houllier must be feeling pretty positive about his future even though everyone is telling him, supporters included, that he will be sacked this Summer. He seems to have accepted that he may lose Ashley Young at the end of the season, and according to Talksport he has found his replacement in Polish wonderkid Maciej Rybus.
Rybus is regarded as one of the hottest prospects to come out Poland for a long time, and it appears that a move to one of Europe’s top leagues may not be too far away. Houllier has sent scouts to watch the winger play for Legia Warsaw in his native Poland. The 21 year old is now in his 4th season with the club after he made his debut aged just 17.
He is a winger who mostly plays down the left hand side, but he can also play on the right when it is required. Rybus has not gone unnoticed by his country, and he has represented Poland at international level racking up 12 caps, and scoring 1 goal.
Houllier supposedly views Rybus as the man to replace Ashley Young should the England man leave this Summer, but he will face competition from Udinese in Serie A it is believed. The deal would not be too much of a gamble if the figures quoted by Talksport are accurate, they claim that the player, who is contracted until 2013, could cost just £1.5million, not to be sniffed at!
Rybus is a good solid prospect for the future, however there is still an element of risk since noone knows how his development will progress. It seems like that Marc Albrighton will see a lot more games should Young leave, and that is only a good thing for his own development. Should Rybus be signed to further develop and play a bit part, I think it is a good signing, but if he is to be relied upon it could take time for the youngster to get upto the pace of the English game.
Villa are known for producing good young talents, and they nurture these players well, I see no reason why Rybus would be any different, and at £1.5million it must be a risk worth taking.
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