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!