James Milner has left Aston Villa, but in getting Stephen Ireland in part exchange, you can hardly say they Villa side have been weakened by the departure of the former Newcastle United midfielder.
Stephen Ireland – to make debut for Aston Villa tomorrow?
And if you had asked us who was worth more in the transfer market between Stephen Ireland and James Milner, we would have plumped for the Ireland International, but there again Manchester City are involved, and seem determined to overpay big time for their players this summer.
Ireland is a very skillful midfield player with 177 appearances for City and 23 goals – and he would have been great at Newcastle – and just what we need right now – but we haven’t that kind of money to spend this summer.
And Hughton is wary of the threat posed by Stephen Ireland, as Chris told the Shields Gazette today:
“James Milner has left Villa,” “They’ve lost one quality player, but in Stephen Ireland they’ve got someone who was Manchester City’s player of the season a year ago.”
“That’s the quality they’ve brought in, and he fits very much in with the way they play.” “He’s a very offensive midfield player with a great engine. He covers the ground. and provided he plays, he’ll fit in very well with the way they play.”
It will hardly be an easy game for Newcastle tomorrow, but one in which we must have a much better chance of getting points from, than the always very difficult first match at Old Trafford.
A lot will depend on whether Newcastle can tighten up in defense, since with the few mistakes we made on Monday night, the Red Devils were completely ruthless in exposing those mistakes and turning them into quick goals.
Aston Villa will threaten to do the same thing tomorrow afternoon – so a very good defensive display is what we will look for tomorrow.