What happened to Nicky Shorey?

Ollie Irish

27th, November 2009



Two years ago, Nicky Shorey played for England’s first team, as selected by Schteeve McClaren. Now he can’t get anywhere near Aston Villa’s first-team squad. Shit happens.

Anyhow, here he is posing moodily at Forest’s training ground, ahead of his one-month loan spell at the club. He sees the move as a chance to – cliché alert – put himself in the shop window. Fair enough – it’s crystal clear that Martin O’Neill doesn’t fancy him.


I wonder what Shorey (who is still only 28) did so wrong to alienate O’Neill? He looked such a lively full-back at Reading, and didn’t exactly embarrass himself in an England shirt, but it seems ths step up to Villa has been too big for him.

Any Villa or Reading fans know why Shorey has flopped so badly?

Posted in Aston Villa, Championship, Opinion, Transfers & Rumours

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  1. Dan says:

    “What happened to Nicky Shorey?”

    He was massively overrated in the first place, that’s what.

  2. Ollie says:

    Ah, thanks for clearing that up, Dan.

  3. Simon says:

    I think it was the switch to zonal marking that upset him. He just never got his head round it, it effected his thinking and he was often found out of position.

    He’s still a decent left back with an impressive left foot delivery. Good move for forrest & Shorey

  4. Chringle says:

    Very happy about this move personally. It will be good to have an actual footballer playing at LB for once.

    We have an England international amongst our ranks!

  5. Dan says:

    No problem Ollie. Perhaps came over a little bit stronger than I would have liked, I just don’t rate him highly at all. There were much better left backs out there at the time but the media just jumped on his bandwagon, I think he might have found his level in the Championship personally.

  6. mizman says:

    dan is right

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