Omar's Cummings To Villa
Nope never heard of him either, however Colorado Rapids 28 year old striker is coming for a trial at B6.
The Jamaican international has been targeted for a possible loan spell until the Rapids season starts in March although there is no indication that it would culminate in a permanent deal.
Managing director, Jeff Plush said on their Official Site:
'Aston Villa contacted us a few weeks ago with interest to see Omar up close. We felt it would be a good chance for him to get a leg up on pre season training and at the same time get the experience of training with a Premier League club.
'Omar is a Colorado Rapids player. We explained to Aston Villa that we would be open to discussing a loan agreement for Omar until our season starts on March 19 if it benefited Omar and the Rapids.'
The Rapids won the MLS Cup, with Cummings netting 14 goals, last season but if the loan works out it sounds like they'd play hard ball if we were interested.
'It would take Villa or any club making a significant offer for us to even consider transferring Omar,' Plush added.
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Had this emailed from: TheBoysInRed&White
I just read your article about Omar Cummings and I decided to e-mail you a few thoughts as I can't comment. Basically, I'm an English sports journalist working, for the season, in Jamaica. I don't know a huge amount about Cummings as he plays in the MLS but I've seen him playing a few times for the national team so I guess I'm in a position to shed some light on him for you. Don't worry, he is a good player, certainly better than Heskey! He has a bit of pace and, like most Jamaicans, has decent feet too. He is also a decent finisher. The Jamaican team just won the Caribbean Cup and although he wasn't the star he was solid enough, starting a couple of games and scoring a couple of goals.
The trouble is some Jamaicans in the past have had trouble settling in Europe and adapting to the style of play, as well as having what are often perceived as 'attitude problems' which are actually down to simple Jamaican-ness. He has spent a long time in America though so it might not be an issue, but unfortunately it seems that, for whatever reason, talent alone is too often not enough for Jamaican players in Europe so his trial is far from guaranteed to be a success. Personally I hope it works out for him and Villa as I'd be very interested to see how he does in our Premier League and I would love to see him make a positive impact. There are work permit restrictions which mean that if the Jamaican national team is outside the top 70 in the world the players can't move to England; following the Caribbean Cup win last month they moved up to 58 so success for Cummings could see a few of his team mates following him over too.
Like I said, I don't know a huge amount about him but I hope I may have helped slightly. I'll be keeping a close eye on how he does over with you lot.