McLeish lauds versatile Heskey

13 October 2011 04:28
Alex McLeish believes Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey still has a crucial role to play - and has the versatility to operate at centre-half.[LNB] The Villa boss has been impressed with the way Heskey has slotted into the position in training during the international break and could provide back-up in that department.[LNB]McLeish said: "We now know what Emile can do. He can play in any position. I could even play him at the back without any fears.[LNB]"We played him at centre-back last week (in training) and he was spraying the ball about as if I was watching Franz Beckenbauer. He is a brilliant all-round player, he understands the game and we need him in the squad."[LNB]Meanwhile, McLeish wants to retain the services of first team coach Kevin MacDonald who has been linked with the vacant manager's role at Nottingham Forest.[LNB]He said: "I'd like to keep Kevin. He is a cherished first team staff member. The knowledge of him and Gordon Cowans has been vital to me settling in at Aston Villa."[LNB]

Source: Team_Talk