Aston Villa have confirmed they have accepted a loan deal from Stoke seeing the Carew join Stoke until the end of the season.
Since his signing in 2007, Carew has been Aston Villa’s leading scorer every season, (last season he scored 16) and along with the likes of Gabby Abonglanhor, Villa were a side pushing for a coveted European spot with Martin O’Neill. The shock resignation from O’Neill in August saw Houllier take over and he made some drastic changes, resulting in Stephen Ireland and John Carew ignored for starting for places.
Carew has been forced to warm the bench for much of this season and has started irregularly under Gerard Houllier. The drop to the bench for the forward had come as a result of a public spat with gaffer Gerard Houiller, claiming he was “disrespectful” that he didn’t get to earn a new contract and has started in only six of Aston Villa’s Premier League matches this term. A change of clubs has come at the right time for the striker having failed to score at all for Villa this season.
It seems both parties were happy with signing the Norwegian as Carew states:
“The important thing now is to make the most of this opportunity. I’m looking forward to the challenge and I am happy to be here.
“Although I had other offers, I saw Stoke as the best team and the strongest team, so this is a great chance for me to join a side fighting in the top half of the table.”
Stoke manager Tony Pulis was also understandably pleased at the signing of Carew and told the club website:
“This is a fantastic signing. “John’s record speaks for itself because he has scored goals at the highest level throughout his career.
“As well as the experience he has gained at international level he has played for some top clubs across Europe and performed in the Champions League for many seasons, including an appearance in the final for Valencia.
“On top of that, he was Aston Villa’s leading scorer last season with 17 goals, so we have acquired a striker with an outstanding pedigree.”
Unfortunately for Stoke, last week they were reported to have signed Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba but the deal collapsed due to medical reasons and were left to pick up the pieces and with Ricardo Fuller set to join Sunderland, it seems an ideal move for the out of form Norwegian hit man.