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Aston Villa Need Two Keepers

Since the season ended the major talking point from Villa fans has been the speculation surrounding Club Captain Gareth Barry's future. But with Scott Carson returning to Liverpool following a season-long loan and with Thomas Sorensen due to leave the club on Free Transfer, it remains obvious that Stuart Taylor should not be the only Keeper on the books at the start of the 2008/09 season.

Martin O`Neill has stated that he will be looking to bring in 2 new Keepers during the summer, The Aston Villa Goalkeeper Saga!.

If this is the case I believe that MON should be looking at a top Keeper with plenty of experience as well as a young Keeper with the potential to become the club`s next number 1. In recent weeks the club has been linked to many Goalkeepers including Chris Kirkland. Kirkland is a superb player and at 27, he has many years ahead of him. The issue with signing him would then be to convince a youngster to come in and be his understudy, knowing that Kirkland could be around for over ten years.

I would like to see a Keeper aged over 30 brought in with a youngster (under 25) signed as his understudy.

So which older players are available, well it looks as though Jens Lehmann (38) will be joining VfB Stuttgart prior to Euro 2008, which I know will be a relief to many Villa fans. Carlo Cudicini (34) of Chelsea was a name mentioned a few weeks back, I think he would be a good signing. If Cudicini came in as the first choice with a hot prospect and Stuart Taylor waiting for him slip up it would certainly get the best out of him. But the one that would perhaps be the most likely is Jussi Jääskeläinen (31) whose contract at Bolton has expired.

The young Keepers available at the moment appear to, like above be a choice of three. Scott Carson (22) spent last season on loan at Villa Park, although he started well, it was his performances following THAT England game, that caused many fans to question his ability and the price tag of £10million, however Rafa Benitez appears to have dropped the asking price to £6million, which for some is still a little high. Another name mentioned is Wolves highly rated Wayne Hennessey (21), who has unfortunately announced his intention to stay at his current club. What about Brad Guzan (23)? He is of course the man who Martin O`Neill failed to sign in January due to issues with obtaining a Work Permit.

The dream combination for me would consist of Jussi Jääskeläinen and Wayne Hennessey. I reckon a deal could be made with Wolves that would work like this - Wayne would be signed for an agreed fee, then loaned back to Wolves for the duration of the season with a clause in place for him to return to the club at 24 hours notice, if an injury should fall upon either Jussi or Taylor.

However the scenario that will probably unfold is that we will see Carson and Guzan brought in both with the idea of having them battling for the number one jersey.

Whatever does happen, it is likely to cause much excitement and debate in the forums.




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The Journalist

Writer: Dan Jones  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 20 2008

Time: 2:03PM

Your Comments

Obviously I realise that Boaz Myhill, Ben Foster and several others have been linked but like the comments about Kirkland they would be around for a while and my point is we need a youngster and an older player for the role.
young_jonah
Get Jussi in....he is absolutely world class and can win games on his own....something we have not had since? I remember Villa getting beat 1-0 by Bolton 2 years back at home and Jussi made a couple of amazing saves one being from Cahill's 35 yard unstoppable shot!
KSarge1
I agree Ksarge1, him with Hennessey or any top youngster as back up is quite mouth-watering, and on a free!!! I hope MON is on to this!!
young_jonah
MON was clever with the years loan of Carson, I am willing to put money on we do not sign Carson. Jussi was always in our plan, and it makes things alot easier when he is a free agent. He would look great in our GK shirt too!
KSarge1
Depends if we get a work permit for Guzman, otherwise i'd say that was a dead cert. I believe MON even suggested he'd be trying again this summer.
johnnyuk
Can you email the list of possibles to MON? I'm not sure he knows what day it is. If Jussi is on a free, it might well prove to be the signing of the summer.
Saurat
Mark my words, Wayne Hennessey has a very bright future in the game. Get him signed up for your team. Saw him at Stockport when he was on loan. No surprise we set the all-time football league record of 9 successive wins and 9 clean sheets. He is going to be the dogs doo-dars. Wales number 1 already isn't he?
Ra-Ra-Roger
I don't think Carson will make a permanent move here if O'Neill can get Jussi for free! The loan idea for Hennessey would be a good idea, if he got the offer from a premiership club you'd have to fancy he'd be interested...especially as he wouldn't have to up sticks to another part of the country. I fancy O'Neill will go back after Guzan though as well, I think thats more likely than hennessey at present.
Villa4Europe
I like Kirkland and think we should sign because he could be the number 1 for 10 years. we then don't have to worry about a young GK to come in as number 2 because we have the future of the club wearing the shirt.
notthedougellisstand
Er haven't we missed the obvious. Enckleman has just been released by Blackburn. LOL ;-)
Dead Souls
Personally I think we ought to off-load Taylor and bring in three keepers. Not heard good reports about Chivas USA's Guzan from my U.S. in-laws, but clearly MON and co see something in him. Like 'notthedougellisstand' I'd go for Kirkland. No Carson, no Robinson please.
glensider
i think we'll end up with Guzan (depending on permit) and Carson. if one of these two don't happen, Jussi perhaps.
leftfoot
Guzan isn't great. I obviously live in Los Angeles where he plays his trade. I wouldn't be happy with him. Apparently he's playing for the USA to get more caps so he can get the permit tho. I'd take Jussi - forgive me but was he injured or something? Why wasn't he playing for Bolton in recent weeks?
los_angeles_villan
Jussi had a back injury, on a free he is definately worth a go, i thought he was a little older than 31 I must admit.
young_jonah
Kirkland has signed a new contract at Wigan, that rules him out now.
notthedougellisstand
A contract doesnt mean anything in this day an age, Rafa keeps mentioning that.
young_jonah
what does Taylor have to do to be a first choice goalie? anyway, jussi is my choice too!
Gruck
Dont think that Stuart Taylor is up to the task Gruck, although he certainly would have improved upon Scott Carsons showing last season.
glensider
 

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