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Downing vs N’Zogbia who got the better deal Aston Villa or Liverpool?

Stewart Downing, who is 27 years old is a traditional wide man, capable of playing on both the left and right flank. In his two year spell with Aston Villa he made 75 appearances and scored eight goals. Charles N’Zogbia is 25 years old and has played principally on the left wing, making 83 appearances for Wigan and scoring fifteen.

Liverpool paid £20 million for Stewart Downing and Aston Villa are going to pay £9.5million for Charles N’Zogbia. It has bugged me for years as to why British players are so expensive compared to foreigners? Now the facts are N’Zogbia is younger, scores more goals and is half price compared to Downing.

It still begs the question why are British players so expensive? Which of these two do you think is going to impress the most at their new clubs?

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  1. Barry Benzo

    26 July, 2011 at 21:41

    As always the British players will go for more, as there are not many good ones and if one proves their worth in the English game, their price is inflated. A typical example is Milner, he was doing well at Aston Villa, a club that at best is amid table, suddenly the hype machine began and gullible Man City paid over the odds for him. If I am right, they paid more for him that Yahya Toure. Downing will struggle at Liverpool, as the pressure to deliver week in week out will impinge on his game.

  2. Mike Cutler

    26 July, 2011 at 21:43

    A great deal for Villa. Not only £10m+ differential, but a likely saving on wages over what Downing would have wanted to stay. The key is whether Albrighton can deliver for a full season. If so we are in good shape.

  3. kai.avfc

    26 July, 2011 at 21:43

    Nzogbia is a better player but the “British players are more expensive nonsense really bugs me”. Bent cost us 18mil, a proven Premier League goalscorer who had scored 1 less than Drogba and Rooney when he signed. Dzeko cost Man City 27mil, a player untested in the Prem. Who cost more? The non Brit is who. Who got the better deal? Villa. How many has Dzeko scored for them whilst DB has banged in 9 for the Villa?

  4. TJ

    26 July, 2011 at 21:57

    Stewart Downing gets more assists and is a better passer than N’Zogbia.

    You do have a point. Downing is overpriced and N’Zogbia is underpriced. But you can’t base their comparisons just on goals – the main aim of a wide man is to get service in to the strikers and there are many other things that a winger has to do beside score goals. Downing is a quality player and will do well for Liverpool. Watch how many goals he sets up for Carroll.

  5. Jason

    26 July, 2011 at 22:06

    Downing will get found out this season, no pace and cannot defend! Liverpool have spent big on rather average players, at the same time alienating the likes of Lucas who was the fans player of the year, if they dont hit the ground runnig they are going to be in for a tough time with a lot of in bitching going on!
    Good luck Kenny, you got the biggest job of your life on your hands!

  6. PabloBrown

    26 July, 2011 at 22:17

    Jumping the gun a bit there Simon, N’Zogbia hasn’t signed yet. Just because Liverpool paid 20 million for Downing, doesn’t mean N’Zogbia is a bargain at 10 million. Liverpool have been paying well over the odds for their players of late (Suarez and Adams apart), so comparing the two players and their prices can be deceptive. I didn’t see much of a queue to sign N’Zogbia, nor did I see one for Downing at 20 million. In my opinion, both player are worth around the 10 million,N’Zogbia might score more goals, but Liverpool bought Downing to lay on the balls for Carrol. So if I had to pick, Villa will have got the better bargain, but they won’t be getting the bargain they think they’re getting. I maybe wrong, but N’Zogbia seems to have a rotten attitude.

  7. Jimmy V

    26 July, 2011 at 22:24

    is this even a debate? Nzogbia cost 9.5mil scored more goals and kept Wigan up, Downing has had one good season and cost 20mil. Trust me the Villa fans got the better deal… end of

  8. michael price

    26 July, 2011 at 22:33

    This is the first time I recall Brummies stealing from scousers, but this is daylight robbery, £20 million, for a 1 footed player who acannot tackle amd is scared _hitless when ever anyone tackles him, scousers you are welcome to him and you can know keep my 1970 hub caps, fair exchange xxx

  9. kai.avfc

    26 July, 2011 at 23:40

    @Barry Benzo.

    Villa have finished in the top 6 in half of ALL Prem seasons since it started in 1992. How does that make us, mid table at best? (You were talking about the Villa side that sold Milner, who finished 6th btw)

    Also, British players DO NOT ALWAYS COST MORE. See my earlier post re Bent and Dzeko.

  10. Robbie Brown

    27 July, 2011 at 00:17

    Downing had two years on his contract, N’Zog has one. A better comparison is Ashley Young with a year left on his contract going for 16 mill. English players are more expensive, simply because there’s less of them, good ones anyway, but not that much more expensive. Downing would be going for around 10 next year if he’d stayed at Villa. (still overpriced I’d say, but then I’ve never liked him..;)

  11. Phil G

    27 July, 2011 at 08:44

    Downing is a good player however he only really manages it against the lesser teams and tends to freeze/play it safe against the bigger teams hence few England caps and a cracking piece of business for the Villa

  12. Fatkev

    27 July, 2011 at 18:15

    Downing picks his games to play in, has littlebottle but can run well with the ball and deliver when things are going well
    I am glad to seethe back of him as we can only expect to get 1 in 4 games a season
    If he is challenged you can forget it

  13. shark133

    27 July, 2011 at 20:02

    i think downing is overrated personally. he is good but only worth 10m.he was player of the season on a rubbish villa team last year.when the big games actually arrived it was nzogbia for wigan who single handedly kept them up.great business for villa in my eyes.i still cant believe liverpool paid the same for downing as they did for suarez.crazy stuff!

  14. Matt

    27 July, 2011 at 23:06

    I don’t think there’s a clear difference between the two players – they’re both good for different reasons. However, there IS a clear difference in the price – so Villa did a better job out of the deal imo.

    That said, he fills an important niche for Liverpool. Will provide good crosses for Carroll.

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