Cummings is Goings

January 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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After it seemed that Gerard Houllier was keen to finalise a loan deal for Omar Cummings, with the Jamaican impressing the French manager whilst on loan at Villa Park, it has now been confirmed that the club have missed out on the Colorado Rapids striker. Problems obtaining a work permit appear to have been the stumbling block and Cummings is now set to return for pre-season with his MLS employers. The impending big money signing of Darren Bent may well soften the blow for Houllier who was admittedly keen to sign the forward, on a loan deal at the least, but it would have been nice to see what he had to offer to the club. Good luck to you Omar!

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Villa Look to Enhance Attacking Options

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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In 20 league games this season, Villa’s highest league goalscorer is Stewart Downing with just 5. Emile Heskey bagged his third (6 in all competitions) last time out at Chelsea but a lack of goals, coupled with the leagues worst defensive record has seen Villa slump to 17th in the league, just a point off the relegation zone. Gabby Agbonlahor and John Carew are both yet to score in the league this season and Houllier seems to be looking to strengthen with reports suggesting Carew could be on his way out. This week has seen the club linked to the likes of Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and PSG’s attacking winger Stephane Sessegnon. Stories on each player with a look into their stats over recent seasons accompany a rumour which speculates over a potential price for Villa trialist Omar Cummings in the following link. Read more

No-Go for French Duo but Jamaican Could be Cummings

January 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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After holding talks with French under-19 captain Gueida Fofana, Gerard Houllier has revealed that a deal is unlikely having seemingly disagreed on a wage package for the youngster. Fofana is hotly tipped to be a big talent in his native France and has been touted as the next Patrick Vieira during his time at Ligue 2 side Le Havre. It appeared that Houllier had stolen a march on a number of prospected rival bidders in agreeing a fee for the 19-year-old but a deal now seems dead in the water. Fellow Frenchman and senior team international centre-back Adil Rami is also a no-go for Houllier after the 25-year-old has apparently agreed terms with Valencia. A bid in excess of £10m may have put Villa off making a stronger effort to contest for Rami’s signature who will join the Spanish side at the end of the current season, where he will continue to turn out for Ligue 1 side Lille. In more positive news it seems a deal to bring MLS star Omar Cummings to the club on a short term loan deal could soon be in the offing. The striker, who is equally adept in a wide role, flew to England for a trial with the Midlands club with a view to a loan deal being agreed during the off season of the American league. If a deal is completed, pending a work permit being granted, the 28-year-old will join until March. To view Houllier’s comments on the potential deals for Fofana and Cummings, Read more

Who’s Cummings to Villa?

December 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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It seems that Villa’s first January signing could be somewhat of a low risk effort financially. The club have reportedly brought 28-year-old Colorado Rapids’ striker Omar Cummings to the club on a trial basis with Houllier set to decide upon whether a loan move would be desired. Now who is Omar Cummings you say, well I don’t have a clue to be honest but I’ve done my research and now feel fit to be the Jamaican’s biographer, at least on his stats this season anyway! Cummings was the MLS side, the Rapids, leading scorer last term in a campaign which saw the Colorado based team win the league title. In 29 appearances he netted a goal every other game (177 mins), scoring 14 times, picking up 4 assists in the process. The Jamaican has made 19 international appearances, scoring on 5 occasions. Predominantly a striker, Cummings can also play as a winger were he has played in past seasons for his club though he showed his proficiency as a forward in his most prolific season yet last year. After scoring in his sides opening two fixtures he was unable to convert in his next eight appearances. Despite this he managed to finish the season on a high netting 9 in his last 9 appearances with 3 assists in the same period. In the previous season he served as a provider rather than a leading scorer, although he did manage 8 goals, laying on 14 assists from a wider position. Excited? Me neither really but who knows, he could be the best thing to come out of Jamaica since John Barnes! To read a full statement from Rapids managing director Jeff Plush, Read Here