It has been the worse kept secret but rumours have been around for a while that Stephen Ireland couldgo to the New York Red Bulls.
Micheal Ballack’s agent HERE has confirmed the move, do we we trust him ?
New York has apparently passed up the chance to sign Ballack and instead agreed to a deal with Aston Villa attacking midfielder Stephen Ireland, according to agent Michael Becker.
“Michael would love to play in New York. However, it seems that [New York general manager Erik] Soler already made massive promises to Stephen Ireland in October. This is an unbelievable incident,” Becker told Goal.com.
I was berated when I said the signing of Holman would seen Ireland go as some think he is a positive attribute to Villa, he is not. A part time player at best when he could be bothered and swapping Hollman for Ireland saves around 40K a week on salary and at least a player who will give 100% every game.
Ireland was a disaster signing for Villa, never was going to work. The circumstances he was brought in will never be explained properly and he is just not a stable enough player for any club. Better off in America where 20 minute performances are enough.
Obviously I think this is true and if it is then Ireland should not start again for Villa and allow Gardner to play in that role. What is the point of starting him now ?