Villa fan in peace. I feel from the 606 boards and from radio phone ins there is an air of apathy regarding you signing James Milner today. I'll admit he doesn't come with the bling and flair that continental superstars may do. But the ticker tape is not what you get.
IF and it's a big IF he's played in central midfield on a regular basis for you he's improving to the extent that the only comparable player in the league would be Steven Gerrard (his diving hasn't improved yet ;)). He really does have everything. Focused, driven, unbelievable work rate, boundless energy, tackles back, pace, skill, trickery, can cross the ball, make defence splitting passes, has a thunderbolt of a long shot, arrives late in the opposition area and gets on the end of things, good at free-kicks, corners & has a cool head from the penalty spot.
At only 24 years old the scary thing is he can only get better. You'll have no problems with his attitutde either. As he demonstrated on Saturday he is an absolute professional & a credit to himself.
I really thought it'd be good for him to stay at Villa as I've stated in previous posts. I really hope he becomes a success for you and England. I've no doubts he'll give you 100%. The only thing that will prevent him growing even further in stature are if he becomes a victime of your squad's merry-go-round ala Craig Bellamy or he's not played on a regular basis and/or used as a utility player at right-back, right midfield, etc.
Anyway - good luck James you'll be sorely missed at VP.