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My Star Villans: Defender Curtis Davies picks his Top Five
Former defensive ace Curtis Davies selects his valuable claret and blue aces.
17th Jun 2014
My Star Villans: Defender Curtis Davies picks his Top Five


We have asked home players - past and present - and opposition aces to tell us their Star Villans. Here Curtis Davies is in the hotseat.

JAMES MILNER

It's so frustrating for me listening to people going on about 'Why does James Milner play for Man City and England?' They genuinely look surprised.

They don't appreciate the job he does for the team.

When he was at Villa, he was invited to be more attacking by the manager - open and free.

But at Man City they have asked him to play a different role.

But, if you look at it, he always plays in the big, big games.

Look at the role he plays out wide. He's your attacking player but he won't let an Ashley Cole or a Leighton Baines get forward at will. He will help his full-back out every time.

He does that role brilliantly.

He's selfless - a player's player. He rolls up the sleeves and does it every day.

Don't just think of him as a workhorse though - he's an amazing talent.

Friedel

BRAD FRIEDEL

He had so much experience. He was unreal as a goalkeeper too.

He had spent all that time at Blackburn so he came to Villa with a great reputation and certainly didn't disappoint.

He was just so solid - everything you wanted in a goalkeeper.

To play just in front of him was a pleasure.

I improved as a defender with him behind me.

Stiliyan Petrov

STAN PETROV

From what I heard, it didn't start well for him and when I joined he was on the fringes of the side.

He eventually got into the team and then never looked back.

What a great player. And what a superb skipper.

He was perfect - firm but fair.

If you made a mistake and you knew it, he'd tell you and he wouldn't sugar-coat it for you. He'd say 'you can do better and this is why.'

He commanded so much respect on the football field.

I was very emotional when I found out about his leukaemia. One of the lads text me to tell he had been diagnosed. You freeze and you feel helpless because you want to help him so bad.

But he came through it, thank god.

Look at the amount of people who turned up for his game at Celtic a few months ago. That just shows how much we all love Stan.

It's not just because he was a great player but he's a top, top man too.

He would do anything for anyone and not ask for a thing back. I have so much time for him. What a great guy to be around.

Barry

GARETH BARRY

He was just pure class.

His ball retention was immaculate. You never felt like he was going to lose the ball.

And he had an aura around the place.

He was a pleasure to play with.

To have someone of that ability in your team was superb.

Young

ASHLEY YOUNG

Ashley made us tick as a team.

You'd give him the ball and, as a defender, leave him to it. That's all you needed to do.

The manager gave him the licence to thrill, which helped. But we got the results.

He was on absolute fire during my time at the club.

When you played against him in training, he'd be nutmegging you and you'd get frustrated.

But then you always knew he'd do it on matchday too. He wasn't just a training ground player.

Make sure you snap up the classy new home shirt.

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