O'Leary reassures Ridgewell
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David O'Leary has admitted that he would rest Liam Ridgewell if he could.Aston Villa boss David O'Leary has admitted that he would rest Liam Ridgewell if he could.
The 21-year-old has developed a habit of giving away penalties, conceding four spot-kicks in five Premiership games, and his manager recognises that it is a hard time for the youngster.
"Maybe I could tie his arms and everything else to his body so he can't move," he told Sky Sports News.
"At times I have felt like taking him away from the heat but I can't. I've got nobody else."
The Irish tactician had words of comfort for midfielder Lee Hendrie as well, who is being kept out of the team at present by in-form James Milner.
"Lee knows I am trying to build a squad where everyone is competing for a place on the pitch," he said.
"We haven't got that in a lot of positions but we have in Lee's position. Lee knows how well James is playing because he gets on so well with him."
O'Leary also told Gareth Barry that he must produce quality performances every week if he wants to break into England's World Cup squad.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been mentioned as an outside bet for the trip to Germany, but his manager has warned him not to get his hopes up after one or two good displays.
"We've got to see more of how he played last week (against Newcastle) if there is going to be talk of Barry getting in the England squad," he insisted.
"After Brazil, England are probably one of the best two or three teams in the world so to get in there you have to play to that standard consistently.
"The sad part is that he was the best player on the pitch last week and missed a penalty at the end."