Despite Eric Lichaj completing a month-long loan to Leeds United yesterday, Gerard Houllier has insisted that the midfield babies of Aston Villa -- Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph and Chris Herd -- will not be allowed out on loan. While those of us proudly sporting Baz shirts and listening to Herd interviews again and again should be pleased with this news, there's also the question of, Why?
It seems to me that Houllier is a bit hung up on the midfield problem. Although he did allow Jonathan Hogg to go to Portsmouth, his other loanees were a defender (Lichaj) and a striker (Andreas Weimann, off to Watford). This, coupled with the fact that he said he wants Michael Bradley to provide cover in the case of another injury-pocalypse, makes me wonder what on earth Houllier's midfield obsession is about. Don't the Villa need depth at defense just as desperately?
The article also included an interesting quote from Houllier about Bannan:
Barry will be training with the first-team which was not the case before, so in terms of intensity in terms of pace of the game he’s got to for the four months coming up.
It will be part of a learning process and learn about the game and of course they’ll play some games.
You can’t put the horse before the cart, you’ve got to work and then you’ll play games.