Houllier rules out Owen move
Gerard Houllier says he has no plans to bring Man Utd striker Michael Owen to Aston Villa in January.
Last Updated: 16/11/10 12:32pm
Gerard Houllier says he has no plans to bring Manchester United striker Michael Owen to Aston Villa in January.
Owen, who is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury, is out of contract at the end of the season and his long-term future is uncertain.
He has been linked with a move to Villa after Houllier previously confirmed his interest in working with the 30-year-old again following their successful time together at Liverpool.
However, despite Villa's current injury troubles up front, Houllier confirmed he will not be looking to sign Owen when the transfer window reopens.
When asked if he would try to sign Owen in January, Houllier said: "No, no. In terms of some strikers Emile (Heskey) and John (Carew) will come back. There is no point."
But Houllier did confirm: "We definitely need to sign one or two players in January."
Meanwhile, Houllier has called for patience in giving his crop of exciting young players, such as Marc Albrighton and Barry Bannan, time to develop.
He said: "The only thing with young players is you need sometimes to be patient and sometimes to be indulgent.
"I think at some stage one of them will have a very poor game, but you must not judge on one game. It's a whole picture thing.
"That's what I said to young Bannan because he was distraught after the game against Burnley in the Carling Cup.
"I said 'hang on, you're not in the team because of one game'. He thought it was a make-or-break game.
"I said 'no, it's a whole thing, you will miss games, you will have better games'. Sometimes they are a little bit impatient."