Gabby V Andi Part II
At the start of last month I asked the question 'Gabby or Andi.' There wasn't a clear winner. Local boy V Austrian wonder, sprinter V finisher, finisher V sprinter. On twitter I asked the same question and these are some of the replies I got; @amorse1980 said how Andi is the better finisher and can build up play, creating something whereas Gabby was just a sprinter. @PEASLEY7 said that Andi has been more consistent over the course of this season, and also if Andi was in a one on one with the keeper he's trust the Austrian more so than Gabby. @_munch replied with it depending on which aspect you were to look at, and if he could take the best aspects from each player, he would to morph into one. @Jessyka1990 would prefer Gabby as she knows that he's loyal despite being inconsistent.
But have these views change since the last two games against Norwich and Sunderland?
A leader, a fighter, a man with a heart of gold.
Our captain Stan retired from the game he loved yesterday after a year long battle with acute leukaemia, and as he continues to fight this horrible disease he has decided to focus on his foundation to help others.
He'll be a character in the dressing room we'll miss and a player on the pitch we could never go without.
Coming from Celtic, Martin O'Neill brought Stan in to anchor our midfield, to steel it up a bit; so to speak. He played just in front of the defence offering them support, producing next level tackles and breaking up attacks.
The 2007/08 season for the Bulgarian was his best were he gave us a goal to remember. "Petrov, from the half way line," his goal against Derby was just that. After a miss kick from the keeper fell perfecting for Stan he hit it like a peach, watching it fly into the back of the net.
In that same season he then went on to win Player and Supporter's Player of the Year.
Shooting from long range was his speciality and he once again proved that last season, in the same year that he received the worst possible news. His goals against Sunderland, Everton and Bolton will be three others one to add to the collection of 'screamers.'
Powerful and influential in the middle of the park, Petrov drove the claret and blue's on week in, week out and he's definitely been a hard act to follow.
Seven years in a claret and blue shirt, playing two hundred and nineteen games, scoring twelve goals, Stan is someone who you won't forget easily. He wore his heart on his sleeve and gave everything for the club and fans that loved him with everything they had.
There has been no better way than the nineteenth minute to reminisce the memories that Stan has given us, and to give something back to him to help him in his battle.
Let's give him the send off he deserves when he leads out the team tomorrow for the player's lap of honour. He deserves it.
May Poster Player of the Month
Poster player of the month is the player that will appear each month at the top of my blog.
Powerful, skilled and an eye for goal. Our own Belgian beast is out to get ya.
When Benteke came into our ranks, most of us wondered who the hell he was, but now everyone does and wants a piece of this young in form striker.
Scoring important goals in important games, we can't thank him enough.
His first goal on his debut against Swansea typified what the Belgium was all about; the ability to read the game as he followed in a sloppy header from Ashley Williams; the composure of a thirty seven year old as he clipped the ball over a helpless Vorm; and the touch of a predator as he touched the ball into the back of the net.
He has all the qualities you'd want from a striker at Aston Villa.
An all rounder.
Ever since John Carew we've been begging out for a big goal scorer who could slow play down, bring the ball under control and score vital goals. Yet we never expected this.
Well done Paul Lambert; you unearthed a gem.
Talk to me about his back heel against Liverpool, his eighty mile per hour goal against West Brom, his header which saw him jump as high as the crossbar against Sunderland.
And he's only twenty-two.
To top his fantastic debut Premier League season, the Belgium has collected the Player's Young Player of the Year Award and came second to Gareth Bale in the PFA YPOTY.