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O'Neill WITHE Praise For Carew

O'Neill WITHE Praise For Carew

Martin O'Neill says that Villa have got striker John Carew at the right time saying he should be at the peak of his career for the Villa.

O’Neill told the Birmingham Mail: “Carew is better than a decent player. If he can stay fit, he will be a decent acquisition to us and I have been very encouraged in the three games so far. It is very early but the crowd have taken to him. He is 27 and I don’t see why he should not be reaching his peak at Aston Villa.'

Adding of the Hulk: “Villa have had some fabulous centre-forwards over the years without a doubt. I think back to my friend Peter Withe, whom I played with at Nottingham Forest, and he was one of them. If John does half as well as Peter Withe, I’ll be happy.

“The good thing is that during the last three games, we have looked capable of scoring.”

And despite being able to swap him with Milan Baros, O'Neill says he was after Carew anyway:

“I would have wanted to do the deal for John even if we could not have swapped Milan for him. But when the swap was suggested everybody thought it was good for both clubs, both managers and both players. If John stays clear of serious injury, he will be a real player for us.”

Be great if he can emulate the big man Peter Withe, just needs over 20 league goals in a season and a famous shin to do so, easy!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday February 13 2007
Time: 3:30PM


Have been really impressed by the big man - he has a eye for goal, his ball retention, awareness of play and team mates, ability in the air and (contrary to reports from Lyon) his movement off the ball is/has been superb! The big man is so unique he can play alongside any of our young strikers be it Young/Moore/Gabby/Maloney. Carew and Young already seem to have some of that 'telepathy' the Withe/Shaw partnership had. Would love to see what he'd be like playing in a 4-3-3 with any of the above, or, alongside Moore or Gabby....
13/02/2007 15:55:00
Carew is quality, sooooooooo impressed with what he adds to our front line.
13/02/2007 16:23:00
*****! looking at that Villa top – it makes me realise how well they were made back then. I went to Villa Village today to try and get a gift for someone and the general standard and finished quality of some of the garments was dreadfull. Ended up getting a DVD.
13/02/2007 16:32:00
Can we wait until he starts scoring a few goals before we start to idolise him?
13/02/2007 16:34:00
Agreed with you saurat... I think we should give him a few boo's just to make him book his ideas up, I mean one goal in 3 games!!
Hoss The Villain
13/02/2007 16:48:00
Hoss, people like you that boo are a disgrace! You should be ashamed of yourself for having your own mind! How dare ya ;-)
13/02/2007 17:00:00
I know, I go on holiday for a couple of weeks to recoup and forget myself! :-)
Hoss The Villain
13/02/2007 17:10:00
Sptifire, I know what you mean. I go for the retro kits but the workmanship is very poor. The stitching is that poor you have to look through the tops as no 2 are the same. Can't stand the advertising logo on the new stuff and to be honest none of the new stuff has grabbed my fancy anyway. Maybe Nike will change that!
13/02/2007 18:39:00
Looking forward to a long and happy Villa career for John Carew. It`s just worrying when the manager says "if he stays clear of injury ?"
13/02/2007 22:43:00
JC Villas Jesus Christ, I wonder if he realises he shares his Initials with the holy one.
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