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Carew / Heskey - The Solution?

OK, so it is a slow news time at the moment but just reading our forum I saw an interesting post by Vital member: BarosBarryBouma who said:

'Much has been made of Carew's inability to play for us with any degree consistency; when the big man is up for it, he's almost unstoppable (see Bolton at home). When he's not, he can be a liability (see Burnley away). Unfortunately as of late Carew only seems to be up for it when the odds (and playing conditions) are in his favour.

Much has also been asked of Emile Heskey; his role in the squad and how we fit him into our line up. We know he wants to push his credentials for going to the World Cup, we know he's never really had a chance to impress in a Villa shirt, and never really had a consistent run of games for us.

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So, a proposal.

Start Carew at home, in front of the crowd of adoring fans, and start Heskey away, in matches where we need someone willing to work (if you'll pardon the turn of phrase) like a mule for the team.

I just think that our home play suits Carew more, while Heskey will offer more in terms of sheer work-rate and determination than the big man away from Villa Park.

At the very least, it might see us through until January when we once again have the possibility of bringing in a player who can actually offer us the ability to do both.'



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Heskey thread: Click Here
John Carew thread: Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 23 2009

Time: 2:27PM

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great picture that one of JC!
The Fear
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23/11/2009 14:29:00

great picture that one of JC!
The Fear
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23/11/2009 14:29:00

Fair points all. Alternatively I would strap a rocket to Heskey and allow Carew to a rocket of a whole over variety. Yours are probably more viable ideas though.
Hercs
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23/11/2009 14:50:00

Fair points all. Alternatively I would strap a rocket to Heskey and allow Carew to a rocket of a whole over variety. Yours are probably more viable ideas though.
Hercs
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23/11/2009 14:50:00

good point that i agree with. maybe MON will read it and take it into consideration......ok well if not we should all manage and vote on formations and matters like this
overlooked_villan
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23/11/2009 14:55:00

good point that i agree with. maybe MON will read it and take it into consideration......ok well if not we should all manage and vote on formations and matters like this
overlooked_villan
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23/11/2009 14:55:00

I'm a manager, not in football but a manager nonetheless so I feel my are opinions are as valid as MONs. I think the players feel the same. I've been saying Heskey should score for ages and what does he do? Score. If that's not proof I have tactical nous I don't know what is.
Hercs
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23/11/2009 15:09:00

I'm a manager, not in football but a manager nonetheless so I feel my are opinions are as valid as MONs. I think the players feel the same. I've been saying Heskey should score for ages and what does he do? Score. If that's not proof I have tactical nous I don't know what is.
Hercs
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23/11/2009 15:09:00

who should we sign to be our number 9, that is the question?
astonsteve
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23/11/2009 15:18:00

who should we sign to be our number 9, that is the question?
astonsteve
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23/11/2009 15:18:00

I've always said Defoe, Bent or Bellamy. They all seem to have come good now though so their respective clubs probably wouldn't part with them. I definitely wouldn't want Carlton Cole, he has one season wonder written all over him. There is of course Robbie Kean if not only because we're linked to him every window and this time we have Dunne lol
Hercs
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23/11/2009 15:26:00

I've always said Defoe, Bent or Bellamy. They all seem to have come good now though so their respective clubs probably wouldn't part with them. I definitely wouldn't want Carlton Cole, he has one season wonder written all over him. There is of course Robbie Kean if not only because we're linked to him every window and this time we have Dunne lol
Hercs
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23/11/2009 15:26:00

We should play neither away from home and have them as impact subs!!! I see the problem being that Big John doesn't like to leave his feet and is like a boxer in his constant uprightness and maybe too rigid. Heskey on the other hand can't stay on his feet as everyone knows. Somewhere in between would be perfect.
Villan444
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23/11/2009 16:22:00

We should play neither away from home and have them as impact subs!!! I see the problem being that Big John doesn't like to leave his feet and is like a boxer in his constant uprightness and maybe too rigid. Heskey on the other hand can't stay on his feet as everyone knows. Somewhere in between would be perfect.
Villan444
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23/11/2009 16:22:00

We should go for Defoe. Im sure he would want the move if he knew we were interested. Question is how much would we have to pay?
asherthesmasher
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23/11/2009 16:47:00

We should go for Defoe. Im sure he would want the move if he knew we were interested. Question is how much would we have to pay?
asherthesmasher
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23/11/2009 16:47:00

hmm interesting one. How bout this. Gabby is gettin bigger and stronger now so why not play him as the target man and unleash the Fonz. We all want to see it happen at one point or another. But next game against spuds i wud defo start Carew as it type of game he shines in
av-jc-86
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23/11/2009 17:14:00

hmm interesting one. How bout this. Gabby is gettin bigger and stronger now so why not play him as the target man and unleash the Fonz. We all want to see it happen at one point or another. But next game against spuds i wud defo start Carew as it type of game he shines in
av-jc-86
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23/11/2009 17:14:00

Defoe is pretty hot at the moment but i dont fancy him for the long term . Now that Henri is in disgrace we might get him a bit cheaper you never know he might want to come back to the prem again . Congrats to Heskey for getting us out of the poo on Saturday just keep doing that every week and everybody will be happy (nearly everybody) . But the reality is he is not likely to score for another 12 weeks so maybe just play him once every 3 months .
Doug4ever
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23/11/2009 17:50:00

Defoe is pretty hot at the moment but i dont fancy him for the long term . Now that Henri is in disgrace we might get him a bit cheaper you never know he might want to come back to the prem again . Congrats to Heskey for getting us out of the poo on Saturday just keep doing that every week and everybody will be happy (nearly everybody) . But the reality is he is not likely to score for another 12 weeks so maybe just play him once every 3 months .
Doug4ever
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23/11/2009 17:50:00

I would love to see if anyone had stats for points per game when Heskey/Gabby/Carew are in the side on their own or together. I am pretty sure we perform much better if Heskey and Carew DO NOT play!! Thats what I would be happier with!
deano.avfc
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23/11/2009 18:01:00

I would love to see if anyone had stats for points per game when Heskey/Gabby/Carew are in the side on their own or together. I am pretty sure we perform much better if Heskey and Carew DO NOT play!! Thats what I would be happier with!
deano.avfc
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23/11/2009 18:01:00

I don't really agree actually. 4-5-1! (Gabby!)
FootyFans
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23/11/2009 18:50:00

I don't really agree actually. 4-5-1! (Gabby!)
FootyFans
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23/11/2009 18:50:00

I would like to see a 4-3-3. Milner, Young and Petrov in the middle and Carew, Agbonlahor and Heskey playing together. MON has to buy a new striker and I hope its not from the Prem. Here are my strikers that I would go for: Luca Toni, Podolski, Henry, Hunterlar, Guiza (remeber him?), Hulk, Klose... But knowing MON he will buy players like K. Davies, Cole
__villa__
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23/11/2009 18:56:00

I would like to see a 4-3-3. Milner, Young and Petrov in the middle and Carew, Agbonlahor and Heskey playing together. MON has to buy a new striker and I hope its not from the Prem. Here are my strikers that I would go for: Luca Toni, Podolski, Henry, Hunterlar, Guiza (remeber him?), Hulk, Klose... But knowing MON he will buy players like K. Davies, Cole
__villa__
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23/11/2009 18:56:00

interesting choices _villa_, though podolskis just returned to his boyhood team, and toni (though he scores for fun) wouldn't be up to tle premier league. might i add kevin kuranyi? hes a very good striker, german international (of brazilian descent), 27yrs, 6ft3in, and schalke need to cash in!!!
NorthcliffeBandit
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24/11/2009 00:26:00

interesting choices _villa_, though podolskis just returned to his boyhood team, and toni (though he scores for fun) wouldn't be up to tle premier league. might i add kevin kuranyi? hes a very good striker, german international (of brazilian descent), 27yrs, 6ft3in, and schalke need to cash in!!!
NorthcliffeBandit
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24/11/2009 00:26:00

i'd play 442 at home with carew and gabby. away from home 433 which becomes 451 without the ball, ash and milner on wings, gabby in centre
ric112
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24/11/2009 01:47:00

i'd play 442 at home with carew and gabby. away from home 433 which becomes 451 without the ball, ash and milner on wings, gabby in centre
ric112
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24/11/2009 01:47:00

should have gone for Owen's experience and/or Defoe when he was at Pompey. We could grab one of Man Citeh's 9 forwards! Who would be your pick of those from Citeh, if any? I'm sure all we need is a striker who can bag us a few and we'll be okay. To this point in the season we are where I expected but wishing we could just bag more goals.
holte ender 1969
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24/11/2009 03:54:00

should have gone for Owen's experience and/or Defoe when he was at Pompey. We could grab one of Man Citeh's 9 forwards! Who would be your pick of those from Citeh, if any? I'm sure all we need is a striker who can bag us a few and we'll be okay. To this point in the season we are where I expected but wishing we could just bag more goals.
holte ender 1969
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24/11/2009 03:54:00

"We should go for Defoe. Im sure he would want the move if he knew we were interested." Sure he would. haha.
Yid_from_India
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24/11/2009 09:25:00

"We should go for Defoe. Im sure he would want the move if he knew we were interested." Sure he would. haha.
Yid_from_India
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24/11/2009 09:25:00

I would want to go for Robinho but he costs to much. But I have to say MON has past out several chances to sign star Strikers. I remeber when Defoe was at the Villa training ground and he wouldve signed but we didnt make an offer. MON was a huge fan of Bellamy, but never bid as well. Hes a fantastic manager but when it comes to transfers he does need some help. I think he should get the supporters to help him make the signings.
__villa__
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24/11/2009 09:42:00

I would want to go for Robinho but he costs to much. But I have to say MON has past out several chances to sign star Strikers. I remeber when Defoe was at the Villa training ground and he wouldve signed but we didnt make an offer. MON was a huge fan of Bellamy, but never bid as well. Hes a fantastic manager but when it comes to transfers he does need some help. I think he should get the supporters to help him make the signings.
__villa__
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24/11/2009 09:42:00

I think we should play 4-4-2 at home and 4-5-1 away. Start Carew at home and start Gabby on his own away. Start Heskey when the sky turns bright purple and hell freezes over!
Ericols_Son
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24/11/2009 11:18:00

I think we should play 4-4-2 at home and 4-5-1 away. Start Carew at home and start Gabby on his own away. Start Heskey when the sky turns bright purple and hell freezes over!
Ericols_Son
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24/11/2009 11:18:00

Play the player who's in form But true - Wolves away - heskey did come on and set the goal up,.
leelindsay
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24/11/2009 11:31:00

Play the player who's in form But true - Wolves away - heskey did come on and set the goal up,.
leelindsay
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24/11/2009 11:31:00

We need new strikers. Up until the Burnley game Gabby's been solid so far this season, let's hope he can keep it going. The rest tho.. keep Big John on the bench and bring him on if needed. Not sure the Fonz is ready to start regular Premiership footie. Heskey is now unlikely to score again this season.
ExpatVillaShirt
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24/11/2009 11:32:00

We need new strikers. Up until the Burnley game Gabby's been solid so far this season, let's hope he can keep it going. The rest tho.. keep Big John on the bench and bring him on if needed. Not sure the Fonz is ready to start regular Premiership footie. Heskey is now unlikely to score again this season.
ExpatVillaShirt
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24/11/2009 11:32:00

 

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