Date: 10th August 2007 at 4:34pm
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Villa have completed the season long loan deal for Liverpool and England U21 keeper Scott Carson.

Martin O’Neill told the official site:

‘I’m really delighted. I think he’s got the potential to be an absolutely top-class goalkeeper. He’s had the year’s experience down at Charlton last year, where he did very well, he’s carried that on with the England Under-21s and he’s ready. With those experiences he now obviously wants to play. Liverpool have made it abundantly clear that they do not want to sell him and they’ve mentioned that for quite some considerable time. Their stance has not changes, so a loan is a compromise.’

‘In an ideal world I would have preferred to have had our own players on a permanent basis, but we have him for the year and I’m absolutely delighted. I asked about Scott some weeks ago and Liverpool’s position has never changed. I’m delighted that they’ve allowed him to come and I’m obviously very pleased that he has.’

He also suggests there could still be more signings to come, ‘We’ve got a number of weeks yet to go. By the time that transfer deadline is over we will have played three league games, but we will still have 35 left to play. We’re in a position to do something about the squad size. I’m acutely aware of having let players go over the summer time. We need to build the squad up and I would like to get as much quality into the squad as possible. You can always build up by numbers if that’s what you want to do., but I believe that quality should really come first.’

A report by John Wragg in The Express suggests Villa might well break the British goalkeeping transfer record next summer and try to buy him for around £10million.

Villa skipper Gareth Barry is also happy saying: ‘This is a great signing for Aston Villa. Scott is a proven Premier League player and he came close to keeping Charlton up last season when he turned in some excellent performances. He has also got Champions League experience and these are the type of players you need in your side.’

Carson won’t be able to play v Liverpool tomorrow but will be in contention for our trip to St James park on Saturday 18th August.

 

17 Replies to “Villa Land England U21 Keeper”

  • Great news. Any more England U21s up for joining the Randylution? Remember though – You’ll never win anything with kids.

  • So what is stuart Taylor still here he must be absoluttly rubish in Martins Eyes
    Is tommy still 1st choice when fit, i doubt it, we have solved nothing here. How does this fit the five year plan. Does it start afresh next season making it a 6 year plan

  • i think the signing of Carson is an excellent piece of buisness. i beleive we enquired earlier about taking him on a permanent deal but Liverpool dont want to lose him. I think that enquiry was made way before Craige Gordon was even mentioned. I would rather have Carson personally. We’ve saved £7mil as well cant be bad. as for the transfer window in general i think we will see signings before the window closes. MON always seems to do alot of buisness in final few days. this appears to be no different.

  • Hope he does well now he’s here. Never really rated him to be honest but he’s young and better judges of goalkeepers than me obviously see something in him.

  • He’s safer than Tommo but still wouldnt be my 1st choice keeper. Good bit of business by MON i reckon, he does have a plan b after all.

  • Are you serious Christo? He wouldn’t have come here to play second or third fiddle to TS or ST, nor would Rafa have allowed him to. Barring a horrendous run of form, Scott Carson is our number one this season. Having said that, I’ve never particularly rated him, but my opinion as to his abilities is totally irrelevant.

  • He proberly will play him as 1st choice then even if he aint as good as TS just to show the fans that he caught a big fish

  • A good display by Taylor tomorrow might be enough to keep the shirt against Blackburn, Im sure its not down that Carson has to start every game. or am i naive?

  • this is welcome news. we are covered for a keeper. maybe i question it being just a loan and where that leaves us, but yeah, very positive.

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