Will Marc Albrighton make it at Villa?
A few comments were released on the official Villa website yesterday attributed to Marc Albrighton, and even though the player admits it himself, it got me thinking that this is an absolutely massive season for the player coming up.
I wrote the same regarding a few of our other younger players, and I think the same applies for Albrighton. A lot of us label them youngsters still, myself included, but the reality is that a number of this exciting group quite possibly face make or break seasons. Albrighton can be classed as being in the group, and I’d include names like Bannan and Delfouneso alongside him. All of the aforementioned names were hyped up big time by the fans, and it’s been hit and miss for all of this group so far regarding their Villa careers.
Others like Herd, Lichaj, Weimann and perhaps Baker look like they could fill important squad roles, and while I’m not saying that Albrighton, Bannan and Delfouneso couldn’t, this upcoming season could tell us a great deal about whether or not they truly have what it takes to make it. A lot seem to think that Delfouneso doesn’t have much of a future at Villa, and as I’ve written about previously even though I do like the player, I just can’t see him getting a run of games.
Bannan splits opinion big time, with some saying he’s one of the better footballers in the squad, with others claiming he’s more of a Championship player. This article is about Albrighton though, and after struggling last season after an electric first full campaign with us, you get the feeling that this upcoming season is a huge one for the winger.
Here are a few quotes from the player:
“But, for me, it’s a massive season and one I am relishing. I had a first season which was good but the second wasn’t so good. This third season is absolutely huge for me.
“I am going to try and impress and hopefully I can. It’s so big. I can’t put it into words. Hopefully I can impress early on and my confidence will take me on for the rest of the season.”
He seems to know himself what lies ahead of him, and at this point I want to point out that I am a fan of super Marc, and hope he can find some of the form that made him so exciting to watch when he first broke on to the scene. He pops up with goals, I still think he has the ability to get quality crosses into the box (despite disappointing somewhat last season) and we know he puts a good shift in.
Last season was a tough one all around, and while some of our younger lot thrived, others like Albrighton struggled. We have N’Zogbia, Holman and a few coming up (Grealish, Carruthers) so there is a bit of depth in the area but I like to think that if Albrighton regains his form he’d be starting every week.
I think the majority of Villa fans want to see Albrighton do well, but do ultimately do you think he has what it takes?