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‘Emile Heskey Is The New Franz Beckenbauer’ – Alex McLeish Waxes Lyrical Over Stocky Striker

By Alan Duffy

Aston Villa’s Der Kaiser listens to the resounding laughter following Alex McLeish’s interview

It’s not often that you hear the names Emile Heskey and Franz Beckenbauer in the same sentence, and it’s even less often that you hear the former England man being actually compared to the German great. However, Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish, being the maverick that he is, has done both, as he ponders using Heskey as a libero (yes, really).

“We now know what Emile can do. He can play in any position. I could even play him at the back without any fears, ” explained the Scots tactician to, one imagines, a room full of sceptics.

“We played him at centre-back last week (in training) and he was spraying the ball about as if I was watching Franz Beckenbauer, ” he continued. “He is a brilliant all-round player, he understands the game and we need him in the squad.”

Whether McLeish had been at the single malt before the interview, or whether he is a master in sarcasm and irony, remains to be seen. Then again, maybe Emile H will surprise us all and dramatically re-invent himself like a footballing Lady GaGa.

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By Alan Duffy on October 13th, 2011 in Aston Villa. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

10 Responses to “‘Emile Heskey Is The New Franz Beckenbauer’ – Alex McLeish Waxes Lyrical Over Stocky Striker”

  1. kct says:

    Heskey= Beckenbauer; it’s so obvious now. He never scored because it’s in his nature to keep a clean sheet.

  2. chimpo says:

    mcleish is so puce

  3. gamblino says:

    He’s the new Dion Dublin

  4. Markell says:

    McLeish must have been smoking some good Glaswegian shit before he said all this…

  5. Anonymous says:

    in all fairness, I remember heskey played centre half for wigan on the last day of the season against sheffield united in the 06/07 season and he was pretty colossal at the back…

  6. Montesquieu says:

    This is probably one of the dumbest quotes I have read being uttered about a footballer.

  7. Montesquieu says:

    …I should have added to my last comment that I, of course, would have said something much more intelligenticified.

  8. Montesquieu says:

    Yep, you’re a petty cunt.

  9. […] is also a stupid wanker, which brings me onto the subject in hand. Emile fucking Heskey. I’ll let McLeish speak for […]

  10. SimonAstonVillafan says:

    Can’t stop laughing, so funny.
    Why is this ginger buffoon in charge at Villa Park.

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