The Big Man has had an indifferent start to this season and the fans favourite has this week revealed his uncertainty over his future at Villa. The 31-year-old must have feared for his place when the new manager, who sold him to the club, came in and it appears that the Norwegian may have to settle for a bench-warmers status after Heskey’s fine form. Carew has started this campaign with a few niggles but when he has played the striker has looked low on confidence and out of sorts. Are the fans starting to fall out of love with the man they love to sing about?
Carew’s performances thus far have been somewhat lacklustre leaving a lot of fans to question his desire and commitment to the club after years of loyal service. The striker came out for the first time since his Villa tenure began in stating that he was unsure as to where his future laid. In the past the Norwegian had been referred to something of a journeyman, playing in numerous different leagues since starting his career in his native Norway. Carew, in recent times, has played down this reputation and had previously confirmed that he hoped to end his career at the Midlands club. After a dry spell at the start of the season and the emergence of up and coming youngster Emile Heskey, Carew now appears disconcerted with life at Villa Park.
Carew stated that he was content with life at Villa but seemed open to a change which may not concern as many Villa fans as it would have at the start of the last term.
“I am in a very comfortable position, the spell at Villa has been fantastic. I will now see what opportunities and challenges turn up.”
“I have enjoyed myself in England but it’s possible that something interesting will come up.”
Could these comments insinuate the end of the 31-year-old’s time at the club where has built up a fantastic rapport and reputation with the fans? With Heskey finally performing in claret and blue is Carew’s position at the club becoming more and more redundant. In my opinion the man just needs a goal. His effort has definitely been sub-par at the start of the season but a John Carew in form is still a formidable force. The striker represents a valuable weapon at Houllier’s disposal and is a handful for even the meanest of defences.
John has scored for Norway against Cyprus tonight which should breed some confidence and hopefully he can start emulating the form that has made him somewhat of a cult hero at the club. How do you believe a Carew departure would affect the team? Is the big man an asset the club can now afford to lose or do you believe that he will come good for Villa? I fear that if he is to come good he will need a consistent run of games and as long as Heskey is performing, John will have to switch roles with the much maligned England forward in wondering why the fans love him so much!
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