Samuel assesses Villa future

Last updated : 16 January 2006 By Norris Winter

"Inevitably, when the transfer window opens, there is talk especially when you are not playing regularly," Samuel wrote on his Icons website. My future at Villa is uncertain. It could be time for a fresh challenge. I've only played one first-team game since the end of October and I'd like to be playing more."

Ironically, the Trinadadian-born left-back made the announcement despite being set to make his first start since 31 October on Saturday as Gareth Barry is suspended and Wilfred Bouma is still out with a knee injury. "I've done well in the past and I know what I'm capable of," he said before turning to a well-worn copy of Roger’s ‘Book of Footballing clichés’. "It's just about getting that chance. People don't turn into bad players overnight."