Our friends at Sky Sports have reported that Aston Villa’s new signing, former Liverpool and Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock has stated his belief that he, along with Martin O’Neill’s other two new defensive signings James Collins and Richard Dunne, can have a positive impact for the Villains over the course of the season.
Speaking after the three defenders all made their debut for the club in Sunday’s 1-0 win over fierce city rivals Birmingham, Warnock revealed his impressions of how he and his fellow newboys are settling in a the club;
“It’s terrific to start with a win and a clean sheet in a local derby away from home – there’s no better feeling for a defender,” Warnock told the Daily Mirror.
“The three new lads only found out just before the game, when the team was read out, that we were all playing, although the manager gave us a clue the night before because he pulled myself, James and Richard aside individually and and told us what he expected.
“But we’ve only been training together for a few days all week and I think we’ve gelled together very quickly. It looked good straight away today and there was plenty of talking between the back four, which is what you need, so we came through it well – and the result speaks for itself.”
Warnock also revealed his excitement at playing alongside some of the fantastic young talent at Villa Park adding,
“I’m looking forward to playing with either Ashley Young or James Milner in front of me – hopefully I can just knock the ball forward and let them get on with it. I certainly won’t try and run past them on the overlap because I won’t catch either of them!”
Is Warnock right to be excited? Has Martin O’Neill pulled off another transfer masterstroke signing three quality defenders to strengthen any perceived weaknesses in the Villa rearguard and propel them towards the hallowed turf of the top four? Or does one decent performance against one of the poorer Premier League teams prove nothing in terms of defensive consistency and stability over the course of the season?
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