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Rafa and O'Neill On Scott Carson

Rafa and O'Neill On Scott Carson

Martin O'Neill says, if they can complete the loan signing of Liverpool and England U21 goalkeeper Scott Carson, that Villa will have a 'hungry' player this season.

The keeper will have a medical today before completing the move after getting the blessing of Rafa to leave.

O'Neill has told the official site:

'It would be a good move for all parties and I'm excited at the prospect of adding a hungry player to the squad. Scott could have settled for a place on the bench in Champions League games this season and, who knows he might have played in some big, big games. But he is a hungry player who wants to be involved on a regular basis and I know he'd come in here to fight for a starting role. That's the sort of desire I want at this club.'

'He did very well at Charlton (where he spent much of his time on loan) last season and Liverpool's initial reluctance to let him go this summer is a clear indication of how much they rate him.'

Meanwhile the Liverpool gaffa Raffa admitted he didn't want to let him go but decided to allow the switch explaining:

'We don't want to stop his progress.' Adding 'I could tell Scott to stay here, but he could be the future keeper of the national team and we really don't want to stop his progress. I am happy with the situation and for Scott to play regularly somewhere else. We do not want to lose him, certainly not sell him because we are very happy with him. He is a good lad and a very promising goalkeeper. But I can understand his need to maintain his place in the England squad. It will benefit him to be out on loan and for us to sign a new goalkeeper, then we will have three keepers all in action.'

Be interesting to see, if Sorensen gets fit for the Newcastle game, who will start. You would assume that Carson isn't coming to Villa to swap one bench for another. If he can help us achieve Europe this season, it might well prove a canny bit of business, we can then take Jussi for free next summer if Liverpool still don't want to sell Carson. See, this management lark, it's easy!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday August 10 2007
Time: 11:09AM


I'm quite pleased with this - it's a stop gap solution for sure, but as stop gaps go Carson is very good. Am sure it won't please everyone though.
The Usual Suspect
10/08/2007 11:23:00
Will Sorenson go now? Man City desperate for keeper. Good move getting Carson. Shame only loan, but Jussi for free next season, yes, sounds good business. Probably better than £9m for Gordon. Any chance of a RB ? Quite like the sound of Justin Hoyte. What was wrong with Luke Young?
10/08/2007 11:32:00
I've seen a fair few people think this is a temporary measure until Jussi's contract runs out, but I don't think that is the case. Whether we can keep Carson long-term remains to be seen, but if we're not going for Jussi now, I would be very surprised if we did next year. By then he'll be 33 and it seems clear to me that MO'N is very much focussed on ensuring the players he is bringing in will be those he can build around long-term. If we wanted Jussi, it would only set us back marginally more than the Carson loan is going to cost, and at 32, could be seen as a shrewd investment as we'd likely get 2-3 seasons worth out of him if he arrived now. I just don't see us going for him when his shelf-life will be any sorter than that. Good keeper though.
10/08/2007 11:41:00
John Wragg (decent journalist) at the Express says we'll look to buy him next summer even if he costs £10million. Be great to see how he does this season.
The Fear
10/08/2007 11:42:00
I dont understand why Liverpool are so reluctant to sell. When he goes back next year he'll be 3rd choice behind Reina and Itandje!
10/08/2007 12:38:00
Deano.. they must genuinely want to keep him for his talent, or they think his value will rocket and they can sell him for more in a years time.
The Usual Suspect
10/08/2007 13:31:00
Hope we've inserted a clause giving us first refusal if they do sell him.
10/08/2007 13:45:00
Is this the best we can do We have (or should have) been preparing for this tranfer window for the last year We Get a Loan keeper, with what, a 5% chance of us signing him What a waste of £2.5m plus wages
10/08/2007 14:04:00
quality goalkeeper imo,better than taylor and better than sorenson.i also think jussi aint at the age MON is looking for.dont be surprised 2 see MON buy carson after this loan if he does well,maybe on the last deadline day of next august ffs!!!!!! UTV
Belfast Villain
10/08/2007 15:43:00
Thou shall not judge after 0 games
10/08/2007 16:10:00
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