Carew for Baros looks a very good deal for Villa
John Carew is a striker whose late winners for Valencia in the Mestella have twice knocked Arsenal out of the Champs League. He also seemed to have a great knack for scoring goals against Real Madrid for Lyon in the Champs League (three to my memory). He is only 27 years old. He has immense physical presence, is good in the air, and has a cool finish in front of goal.
And so while the media were focusing on Villa signing Ashley Young for nearly £10m eariler this week - my focus was on the swap deal Martin O'Neill achieved in sending the stagnating Milan Baros to Gerard Houllier (reunion time for the ex-Pool pair) and in return gaining the big Norweigan striker.
For me this should prove to be a very effective and underrated signing. Carew has all the attributes to be an effective target-man holding up the ball and linking-up with the pace of Agbonlahor and Young coming in off the wings. He will also be a more dominating and pacier presence in possession than Villa's current centre-forward options - Juan Pablo Angel and Chris Sutton.
I have high hopes for John Carew in the Premiership and look forward to seeing how he adapts to the Premiership. I really think that very soon he will be making a good mark.