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Saying goodbye to James Milner and hello to Stephen Ireland

Posted by bdowd625 on August 17, 2010

(So long, James Milner. I hardly knew ye.)

A tulmutuous start to the 2010-11 English Premier League season continued on Tuesday for Aston Villa, as it sent James Milner to Manchester City for Stephen Ireland. The swap was long-anticipated, and Villa fans were eager to see Milner go based on their tepid reaction during player introductions in a season-opening 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday. Milner ended up scoring a goal in that game – turning the fans in his favor for the time being – but all that doesn’t matter now. He’s out and Ireland is in.

Ireland, a 23-year-old midfielder, leaves the only Premier League team he’s ever known to come to Villa. In 138 career appearances with Manchester City, Ireland had 23 goals. He’s originally from – surprise! – Ireland, and has made seven appearances for the national team, scoring four goals in that span. Want another fun fact about him?  Ireland suffered from Osgood-Schlatter disease during his teenage years, a rupture of the growth plate at the tibial tuberosity. I’m no doctor, but I think that means the guy has crazy legs. CRAZY LEGS! Sounds like a sweet nickname to me.

P.S. – I can’t believe I’m actually enjoying this whole soccer thing. There’s just so much crazy shit that happens every day that it’s impossible not to love it. On top of all that, reading all the English writers and listening to all the crazy sayings during highlights is hysterical. You really should try it sometime. What’s that? You actually have a social life? Damn it.

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