John Carew joins Stoke on Loan.

This article might as well be appended “with a view to a permanent deal”.  The big striker, once the powerhouse of the Villa Park attack, looks set for pastures new.  Carew was a massive Holte End favourite, but with far too many insipid performances over the last eighteen months, the love affair has dwindled.

Carew joins Stoke woefully short of form, match sharpness and without any apparent motivation to his game.  It is such a shame to see what was once a great striker, with arguably bags of potential still in him, about to drop down to a team of Stoke’s stature.  Now that I’ve said all of this, we all know who he’ll score against..

The likelihood of Carew returning to Villa must be slim and this appears a prudent move to put him in the window for six months.  Furthermore he is off the wage bill, which much remove a massive burden that can be put to much better use.  Thanks for the memories John.