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O'Neill On The Carson Situation

O'Neill On The Carson Situation

Martin O'Neill has told the official site that the decision on whether they take Scott Carson permanently isn't just down to Villa.

In answer to the on-loan keeper's recent comments that he would like to get settled at a club - see To Keep Keeper Or Not To Keep Keeper the Villa boss said,

'We'll be making decisions but like anything else there will be a number of parties concerned. That decision is a three-way decision as I would be very quick to point out. For instance, all things could be thwarted if Liverpool decide that they want to bring him back.'

'He is not saying anything new. I read things from him two weeks ago where he was saying almost exactly the same. We are in a situation here where he is on loan until the end of the season, that was the deal that we had with Liverpool. Liverpool haven't changed their stance in any aspect. That has been the case.'

And on the form of Carson he added, 'Have I been pleased with him? Yes, absolutely. He is a young kid, learning and wanting to do very, very well. He has got a really good attitude.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday February 27 2008
Time: 7:27PM


great keeper , be a great number two to Reina, cos the one they got at the moment is hopeless
27/02/2008 19:30:00
This is a polite way of saying £10 million!!! do I look completely stupid. Carson will come good but why wait 6 years, that money will buy just about anyone we want (if we're in europe).
27/02/2008 19:38:00
If it's written into the loan contract that we must pay at least that amount I don't think he'll be here next season. Which I do think is a shame. He will be a great keeper one day, and I think he could really pull it out, but the problem is, he needs to do that now.
27/02/2008 19:49:00
Less and less convinced as time goes on that he will be at VP next season and if he is and £10m has been parted with I will be flabbergasted!!!
27/02/2008 20:24:00
A top four club would buy someone for £10million, I would like him at Villa, I do agree that he not a top4 keeper yet but will be one day. As for the cost of a player, I am not concerned how much we spend on a keeper as long as it doesn't jeopodise other signings. £10mil? Who cares, we have a bottomless pit, allegedly!!!
27/02/2008 20:30:00
money isn't the point with Carson, young-jonah. The ppoint is he isn't ready to be anyones first choice at the moment. If he was really worth £10 mill I think he might just be in the liverpool team, at the moment he isn't even second choice! All we are doing is helping liverpool polish off the rough edges, if he looks like he has improved then he might be second choice to reina at 'Pool next season, if not then out he will go on loan again ( three years left on his contract). If he comes back the following season and still isn't good enough to be second choice then they will flog him for a couple of mill, same as they did with kirkland. Question is, Is Liverpools third/forth choice keeper good enough now for a Villa team that wants to replace them in the top 4? Answer, obviously not! So, the asking price is designed to put people off until they can assess if he's good enough, truth is at the moment he ain't!!
27/02/2008 20:44:00
He is their second choice, they want to cash in on him, but he'd be in a 16 before Itandje. If the thing about scaring teams off with the price were true, why then put an option to buy in the loan contract. It doesn't make any sense, because if he'd had a blinding season he'd be gone before they could say "Aarakisch"
27/02/2008 20:52:00
If that clause was part of the contract why has MoN said that Liverpool can veto any deal? He has 3 years left on his contract and could be kept regardless and farmed out on loan! If he was genuinely thought to be 2nd choice I think he'd be warming their bench because the guy your talking about looks awful, but, rafa would rather go into a champions league semi with him on the bench that Scotty boy, Why?
27/02/2008 20:58:00
Easy Waldorf, because Carson is all hype and very little substance. OK he's not a bad keeper but I don't see him as markedly better than Taylor and he didn't (and wouldn't if bought today) cost anything like the amount Carson is being touted for. If we were getting him as a young keeper with potential than I'd sign him with a view to also signing a new no. 1 but Carson is being billed as a no.1 and as such should be the finished article, especially for the price. Yes, some keepers are good enough at his age and with his experience but Carson is not. Look at Rooney, £25 million at his tender age but he was, although not the finished article, already capable of performing at the international level and it is also important to remember that keeper is a far more key role. If a striker has a bad game the team may miss out on a few goals, if the keeper has a bad game the rest of the team might as well not turn up unless the defence is excellent as is the case at VP. To sum up, Carson? Yes at the right price as our new no.2 with the potential to be our future no.1 but nothing he has done to date has shown me that he is any better than what we already have and if his potential will ever be realised, well we will know if and when it happens.
Villain Of The North
27/02/2008 22:05:00
Carson would be our second keeper, I think. We only signed Itandje cos our only other keeper is a youngster called David Martin. But, I have to say, I'd snap your hands off if you offered 10 mil!
27/02/2008 22:43:00
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