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A New Keeper Now A Priority?

Thomas Sorensen will miss the season opener against Liverpool due to a hamstring injury.

Not the best start to the season for the Denmark international, there again if reports are to be believed, Villa are in the market for a new shot stopper anyway, so maybe he wouldn't have started regardless?

Sorensen, who only has a year left on his contract, will be out for 3-4 weeks so a new keeper arriving seems even more likely now. The ex-Arsenal keeper Stuart Taylor will currently be next in line.

Sorensen told

'This is the first time I have sustained this sort of injury. I placed the ball to take a goal kick and just felt my left hamstring go. I don't really know what caused it. Perhaps the fact the ball was very hard, that we were playing on synthetic turf, may have contributed.'

Adding: 'I really feared the worst at first, but the physio is happy with my progress and I may need three to four weeks out. That would almost certainly rule me out of the Liverpool game, but I hope I will be fit around a week after that.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 30 2007

Time: 11:15AM

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The Fear
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30/07/2007 11:16:00

You have to love player statements "Perhaps the fact the ball was very hard". I mean, do they use different balls around the world, some made of rock and others out of leather pumped up with air.
Hoss The Villain
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30/07/2007 11:31:00

Bolton are in for Myhill, so looks like Jussi could be on his way!
In MON we trust!
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30/07/2007 11:46:00

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30/07/2007 11:53:00

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30/07/2007 11:53:00

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30/07/2007 11:55:00

keep taking the medication :-))
Hoss The Villain
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30/07/2007 12:34:00

It sorta forces MONs hand now, if he had any inclination towards a new keeper then its a must after this. As long as he doesnt think a certain Hungarian keeper is "good value for money" :-(
Stourbridge Villan
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30/07/2007 12:41:00

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30/07/2007 12:43:00

Taylor did o.k. on Saturday evening, called into action several times thanks to poor defending in front of him, but yes, in my opinion a new keeper is a must. Dont think MON is overly impressed with either Tommy or Stuart, so hopefully he wont keep dragging his feet on bringing a quality keeper into the club.
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30/07/2007 12:54:00

I think weve got to get a keeper now,Id like Gordon but Jussi would be great.
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30/07/2007 13:08:00

I wouldn't mind Kasper schmeichel but am confident we will get the Bolton guy
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30/07/2007 13:28:00

not sure OK is good enough though glensider, we need 'great' surely?!
The Fear
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30/07/2007 13:42:00

I am hoss the villan, thanks
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30/07/2007 13:53:00

Lets hope we sign a keeper and a couple of players soon before the prophesy of our very own gloom and doom merchant Nostradamus AVFC48 comes true. Imagine him, he’ll be as happy as a pig in **** if we don’t make a few signings soon. I can here him foretelling the future for us all now, the end of the Villa is nigh.
Hoss The Villain
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30/07/2007 13:57:00

Glad to hear it eltoro... wouldn't want you worrying about all the options we have if we don't sign someone :-)
Hoss The Villain
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30/07/2007 13:59:00

Boruc.....................value for money at any amount £3m, £4m, £5m, £10m it doesn't matter. He visited Villa Park twice last year with his family....why ? go get him. Jussi would be good tho...either way we need someone.
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30/07/2007 14:18:00

What about an ambitious swoop for Cudicini, he must be fed up being the understudy to Chec
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30/07/2007 14:29:00

Jaaskelianen for me. Quality keeper in his prime who will get us 10 points on his own next season. Another upside to this transfer, we would be taking Bolton's best player away from them
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30/07/2007 14:43:00

Boruc is also injured and will be joining a major force in Europe IF he left. Jaasklelianen isn't for sale?
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30/07/2007 14:59:00

Fear there is an error when trying to suggest a poll. I thought it would be a good idea to do the following: "With Tommy Sorensen injured who would you like to see between the sticks on our opening game v Liverpool?" With choices being Stuart Taylor, Jussi Jaaskelinan, Scott Carson, Chris Kirkland, Carlo Cudicini, Boaz Myhill, Artur Boruc, Craig Gordon, Charles Itandje or Other. I think that just about covers the potential targets!!!! Anyway - over to the rest of you - who do you think?? Im going with JUSSI JAASKELINAN
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30/07/2007 15:10:00

Gordons over priced, Cudicini is a fiar shout, he'd be in most prem 1st teams. personally i'd go with Jaaskelinan.... been solidly consistant for some years, my concern is the news of Tommy being injured may mean teams will up their price. UTV
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30/07/2007 15:40:00

Boruc would be the ideal solution, at whatever price as astonmilan says above.
The Master
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30/07/2007 15:52:00

He's not for sale though!
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30/07/2007 15:53:00

Cudicini would be my first choice. Jussi would be a fantastic sigining. What about Matt Murray or is he still injured?
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30/07/2007 16:02:00

Really hope we go and get Jussi now..!
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30/07/2007 16:32:00

I might be reading too much into this, but get the feeling eltoro wants jussi?!
The Fear
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30/07/2007 17:15:00

Paddy Kenny?
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30/07/2007 17:16:00

jussi would be a top top signing if we got him.behind only cech and given in prem gk stakes i reckon,go get him martin! big improvement on tommy,remember the save he made from cahill last year,he picked it out of top corner with his finger tips, got save of the season on MOTD. UTV
Belfast Villain
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30/07/2007 18:11:00

I had the same trouble on the poll
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30/07/2007 18:23:00

David James . I would love it if he came back , the bloke should be Englands number 1 . Bring back James !!!
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30/07/2007 19:51:00

but i would be happy if Jussi signs . Just not the Hungarian howler .
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30/07/2007 19:53:00

How many weeks have we been linked with one keeper or another? As long as the new keeper isn't Hungarian - don't think I could life with those track pants again!
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30/07/2007 20:31:00

Well its fair to assume that MON must have had IS-M and co out checking on keepers throughout last season, so surely we've a couple or three potential targets out there? Action is needed now as a matter of urgency, no more dragging our feet.
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30/07/2007 21:24:00

Paddy Kenny - Muwhahahaha
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30/07/2007 22:22:00

RB and a keeper were essential last January,and now they are critical-i just cannot believe we are this underprepared,it`s f`in madness.
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30/07/2007 22:56:00

I believe someone said Jussi is not for sale! Well...everyone is for sale if they want be. I think he is definately one of the best around and am surprised Man U have not been in for him. He would be my top choice out of all the keeper's we have been linked with.
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30/07/2007 23:32:00

11 days to go and still no R/B at the club and Taylor to start in goal against Liverpool...? Things MUST happen this week otherwise its very poor preparation for a proffessional football club about to start a new season
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31/07/2007 09:35:00

Marlon Harewood - Muwhahahaha. I'm just saying we are dealing in silly prices and if Bolton have any sense they won't sell Jussi, he'll leave on a free at the end of next season - he must be on a fair whack up there? A lot of the fans on these threads think we'll sign this and that. Rightly or wrongly the fans of West Ham, Bolton, Wigan & Blackburn think they are better than us. To be honest - until we reach the standard of Spurs and Everton consistently we have no argument.
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31/07/2007 10:27:00

Wonder if MON could tempt Bozzie out of retirement? A double deal with Stan Collymore perhaps? Right I'm off to get my pills!
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31/07/2007 11:01:00

who goes muhahaha when they laugh?
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31/07/2007 14:50:00

My ex-girlfriend, but only online! Canadian! Baaaah! Weirdo!
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31/07/2007 17:41:00

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31/07/2007 17:45:00

Carson from Liverpool would do a job for you. Any chance of getting him?
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31/07/2007 20:00:00

How about Dave Beasant (plus demi-wave)?
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31/07/2007 21:53:00

Who is reserve keeper on saturday?
silkie villain
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31/07/2007 22:06:00

Nigel Spink
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31/07/2007 22:39:00

A quality signing is a must with the season only weeks away Villa will be a laughing stock starting with the same two keepers as last season. Last season should have been enough to highlight the deficincies.
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01/08/2007 00:34:00

Don't think goalkeeping was our big problem last year Col8. Agree we could improve, but I think midfield and attack were the obvious areas where we needed to improve (put away more missed chances & turn more of those bloody draws into wins)....
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01/08/2007 02:26:00

having said that though, obviously now RB is a massive issue!
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