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The Aston Villa Goalkeeper Saga!

The Aston Villa Goalkeeper Saga!

Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted that he may have to bring in two goalkeepers this summer. May? Surely it should be WILL have to bring in two following the imminent departure of Thomas Sorensen and the return of loanee Scott Carson to Liverpool? Villa currently only have Stuart Taylor.

O'Neill said:

'I feel we should have three goalkeepers anyway, especially if we get into the Uefa Cup. Most teams have three goalkeepers. It's a specialised position. But we have a number of issues.'

Adding, 'Scott isn't our player. We have first option on him, but I haven't discussed anything with him. Liverpool have the right to do what they see fit. We've decided nothing. When we do, Scott should be the first to know.'

Not being critical, but how, after a season of watching the player, can you not have made a decision yet? I'm still baffled as to why we had a loanee keeper last season anyway, a club our size SHOULD NOT be loaning players from other Premiership clubs, especially ones we are meant to be trying to compete with.

Scott has already admitted he is only young and far from the finished article, having poured scorn on Liverpool's supposed £10million valuation. As we reported earlier in the week b>(Click Here), he said 'To be honest, I'm far from the finished article. I've got another five years of learning. 'I don't think Liverpool are stupid. So hopefully, they can help me out if there is a sniff of going somewhere. Liverpool have a great keeper in Pepe Reina and he's going to take a lot of shifting. It might be time for me to move.'

Villa are also being linked, again, with Brad Guzan (also reported today in The Sun) from the Major League Soccer or whatever the heck it is called. Villa did agree a fee with Chivas in January only for Guzan to have his work permit permission refused. O'Neill said of the 23-year-old shot stopper:

'We'd hoped he'd have the work permit and would have been here for four or five months working with Scott Carson and the other goalkeepers to get a feel of the 'British' scene as it were. Now, if there was a chance of getting him playing and helping his career towards the work permit then we'd definitely revisit it. The goalkeeping situation is one we're looking at.'

Meanwhile Thomas Sorensen, who for the life of me I can't see what he did so wrong at Villa, is being linked with a move to Ipswich. The Tractor Boys manager Jim Magilton told the Ipswich Evening Star: 'Sorensen's agent told us he was not prepared to drop down a division and wanted to stay in the Premier League. If he became available and wanted to come to us we would speak to him.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday May 17 2008
Time: 9:31AM


Just can't understand why Taylor didn't get a chance, especially towards the end of the season when it was obvious Sorensen was in the dog house and Carson wasn't doing so well.
The Fear
17/05/2008 09:50:00
give taylor a chance!
17/05/2008 09:51:00
give peace a chance!
17/05/2008 10:19:00
Bring back Boaz!!!
17/05/2008 10:46:00
Agree with you Fear, why did we have a loan keeper between the sticks all year, especially one from the Club who's position we are trying to take the place of, and who was ineligible for the 2 games against them!
Hoss The Villain
17/05/2008 10:48:00
Taylor was definitely underused last season, particularly with Carson looking so shaky. I'm not suggesting that he's our long term answer, but he has certainly been used only sparingly since he arrived here at Villa Park. A quality keeper (or two) is an absolute must, we all know that.
17/05/2008 10:49:00
I agree taylor has looked really good when he has played.
17/05/2008 11:00:00
Boaz for Villa!!
17/05/2008 18:46:00
still think carson will become good goalkeeper but at 10 mill somebody is takeing the michael, 4mill tops ,if you go like for like liverpools bid looks more stupid than ever 10 mill for gb and they want 10 mill for carson its got to be a wined up please someone tell me it is
super lionel martin
17/05/2008 21:12:00
I tend to agree with young_jonah here, in that I'd certainly welcome a serious move to bring Boaz Myhill back to Villa Park. I liked what I saw of him during his time here, he looked fairly promising, and it now appears as if he's made huge strides forward.
18/05/2008 23:07:00
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