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John Carew Has Great Potential

Martin O'Neill has spoken about the fantastic potential Villa now have with John Carew: 'He's only 27, which is young enough to add something to his game. But he's also got so much experience, not just in one big league, but in a number of different big leagues. He's played them all - Italy, Turkey, Spain and France - and while he'll be able to tell you the real differences in the leagues, you would think all of that would stand him in decent stead.'

'He's also improved immensely over the years, and I also think that sometimes he doesn't realise how strong or how decent he is. Time will tell, like everything else. He got off to a great start, which is great for him and he's enjoying it. He's bubbly and his enthusiasm is really infectious and he and Ashley Young couldn't ask for better starts for themselves. It's all encouraging, but there's a long way to go.'

Sweden international defender Olof Mellberg agrees saying Carew is already a hit at Villa.

'John did well at Newcastle and against West Ham. He is a real handful for defenders and overall did really well. It is always important to have a good start when you are new and to show your best side straight away and John has worked hard in both games as well, which I think the fans appreciate.'

'It is early doors' (that is just sooooo not the expression I'd expected the bearded wonder to use!!) 'but I think everyone can see what he can bring to the team. He is an outlet. You can vary the style of the game. When he came off in both games, we really needed to play the ball a little bit more because we didn't have the long ball as an option which can be good sometimes.'

Olof also says any doubts that Villa will be sucked into a relegation battle have now been snuffed out adding: 'We are now on 32 points and I think we can start looking up the table now. That is what we have been trying to do all the time. It is only recently that we have started to come that close to the relegation positions. I don't think we had thought about it that much. But when we played West Ham we saw that we were only nine points ahead of them and a loss would have closed the gap even further so it was really an important win last weekend. Hopefully we can look up now and try to finish the season strongly.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 8 2007

Time: 1:51PM

Your Comments

Its ok to talk a good game, the proof will be in the next few games. After waiting to play the next game it is important to use the time off to our advatage, not as a reason for lack of match practice. Looking at the way we battled against the toon I think we will do well and jc will no doubt be the main man.
morky13villa
If the start is anything to go by JC will become a firm favourite at Villla Park (The Stadium of Fear) and if he gives us three or four good seasons he can become a legend.....
col8
Well on the two performances that I've witnessed from him to date, I have to say that I'm impressed. He looks the player we've been so desperate for, for some considerable time now. We've struck lucky.
glensider
So far so good and I think he could play his best footie for the Villa. Looking like just the player we needed up front - big, strong, skillful, defenders don't know what to do about him. Add Young and Gabby's pace and skill - we've got a cracking strike force now - time for the rest of the team to pick their game up to match. Onward ..!
ExpatVillaShirt
We need to find him the right strike partner, as I'm convinced that he'll create more opportunities for colleagues than he'll probably notch himself. Robbie Keane alongside him would be a perfect strike duo in my humble opinion.
glensider
 

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