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Villa Don't Need £9million Gordon

Villa Don't Need £9million Gordon

While Aston Villa might need a top-level goalkeeper, fans should not be annoyed if Sunderland sign Hearts shot-stopper Craig Gordon for £9million, as reports suggest will happen.

If any further evidence was needed that transfer fees have gone mad was needed, this is surely it - £9million from a club that, quite frankly, isn't very good at all. Although I've not personally checked, I think that will be the most money ever paid for a Scottish player, and the fact Gordon doesn't play for one of the two decent Scottish teams should say it all.

The news of the signing, assuming it does break, probably comes at a bad time for Villa fans who are still reeling from the signing of West Ham striker Marlon Harewood. But let me let you in on a little secret - while Gordon may be the best Scottish keeper, he is not even the best keeper in Scotland.

That title surely goes to Celtic's Artur Boruc, the Polish international who grabbed the headlines when he saved a penalty in the Champions League against Manchester United to send his club into the last-16. A fee of £9million would be acceptable, for he is arguably one of Europe's top-10 keepers at the moment. Gordon, on the other hand, is never worth more than £5million, even in today's transfer market.

Perhaps not many England-based Villa fans know too much about Scottish football, and to be fair that's a good thing. Personally, being in Ireland I get forced to watch Celtic time and time again, and consequently the other teams they more-often-than-not pummel into the ground. So I feel quite confident when I say it would be great, great news if O'Neill doesn't try and get involved in a bidding war.

Scotland international Gordon will do a good enough job for Sunderland, I'm sure, and I've a lot of respect for Roy Keane. But while he has shown he can motivate players, there are certainly question marks over his transfer dealings and some may argue he is looking as though he may become a chequebook manager.

So are there any keepers out there that Villa should go after? Well, if O'Neill really wants to spend up to £10million on a keeper (ie a Gordon-esque price) his best bet would be putting in a sneaky bid for Artur Boruc - though the Pole has suggested he would only move to the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid or Manchester United, so perhaps we're not far enough along the five-year plan to manage that.

But does it really matter? Thomas Sorensen is a good enough keeper for this season, or until January at least, so perhaps O'Neill should look abroad and bring in a decent youngster for a decent price. If that youngster is good he can take over, if not he can go.

Whatever happens, and even if Villa do have to make do with the current keepers, wasting £9million on the unproven and untested (at a decent level) Gordon would be a reason to blast the boss, not cheer him!

Date:Wednesday July 18 2007
Time: 12:20PM


Agreed 9 mill to much, Sorenson good enough! if you take everything into account I'm sorry to say he isn't, Jaaskelainen top draw, we must pull out all the stops for this guy.
18/07/2007 12:31:00
I'm sure Jaaskelainen said he wanted to come to us. We should make a move for him, we definately need another keeper and Jaaski's a class player. i'd rather have him than pay £9m for Gordon. Proof again the worlds gone mad.
The Usual Suspect
18/07/2007 12:35:00
The world has gone mad. As for Jussi...he's good, but can't we make do for a season then get great? Five-year plan could be interpreted as replace keeper now, or replace next season. Tough one.
18/07/2007 12:37:00
I think we should sign him.
18/07/2007 12:43:00
Id pay it, can we stop ******** around like we are doug ellis and just get the best man for the job - GORDON - who is an excellant keeper.
18/07/2007 12:44:00
What does it say for your team if you spend almost half of your transfer budget on a keeper? Daft spending if it happens.
18/07/2007 12:45:00
boruc is not a top class keeper , very much like sorenson but younger, gordon is a top class keeper and i think if we are going to improve we are going to need to over spend on players despite their value and worth
18/07/2007 12:45:00
Tommy has made a couple of clangers which have cost us points over the years but he is still a good shot stopper and would walk into most prem teams. However, paying 9m for a relatively unproven keeper would be madness. I would rather we spent that kind of money on a good CB or midfielder and keep the search up for the right keeper. Our problems over the seasons Tommy has been keeper haven't been his couple of clangers but our inability to score enough goals.
Hoss The Villain
18/07/2007 12:47:00
I agree Borucv is vastly overrated by Celtric fans and as for not getting rid of sorryson. We all agreed in the mian he had to go if we were to improve, surely we should get rid, it sums up this summer when it ends up "Well we should keep him he isnt tnat bad". We are supposed to be improving dramticcaly, a top class keeper - who has proved himslef internationally which you failed to mention against the likes of Italy and France with stunning performances - is available who we can obtain and need so we should be getting him no matter what and chalking off the GK position as solved.
18/07/2007 12:50:00
If he's as good as everyone is saying he is then £9mill could prove to be a bargain. Surely the fact that he doesn't play for one of the top 2 in Scotland yet can still command such a huge fee, mean he really must be the dogs danglies? Great goalkeepers are few and far between thats why the cream of the crop go for so much cash. Get him in!
18/07/2007 12:51:00
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