A New Vision Of Vassell

Last updated : 11 January 2010 By Tom Vickers

Darius Vassell may be a forgotten man for some fans of the Claret and Blue, but the Sutton Coldfield born striker has been hitting the headlines following his summer move to Turkey.

Vassell has endured a rollercoaster ride since a switch to capital based club Ankaragucu, with plenty of problems clouding a move which he had hoped would reignite his career.

It all started so well for the Brummie lad as he was welcomed by a 3,000 strong army of 'Guchu' fans on his arrival in Ankara.

Much to the surprise of many people in his native England, Vassell was received like the new Maradona, with fans of a success starved club clutching to his reputation as a source of hope.

The 29 year-old is, of course, not the next great star of world football but a man who has been there and done it in the English game.

In fact, many football fans in this country may have thought they had the measure of Messr Vassell.

But they have been forced to think again! Dynamite Darius has released his own internet site on the worldwide web and it has caused quite a stir.

The childhood Villa fan has created a site located at www.vassell.net, which has received widespread interest and acclaim.

Vassell has become the name on the lips of many a Turkish football fan and, after the speedy star was kicked out of his hotel in November, he has been handed plenty of consolatory support from the football community.

The backing that he has enjoyed has come after a series of heartfelt blog posts gave the world a detailed glance into the life of the former England man.

Vassell - never one known for his philosophical views - has shocked many with a succession of poetic posts and he has really become a magnet for sympathy.

Villa fans have had their say and the former Holte End favourite has admitted to his delight that supporters of his beloved club have given him their support.

Here are a couple of examples of what he has written on Vassell.net:

'I feel like there is something stirring, boiling . . . something about to happen. Things are changing, just need to know if it's for the good or bad. Today i'm shown reports that Ankaragucu fans don't want me here . . . Now my mom is worried.'

'Can't get any sleep, just thinking about the many problems that i have here and the best solution. Lying there awake in bed, the sound of the air conditioning is like the engine room to a train of stressful thoughts . . . relentless. I need a plan of action.'