When Aston Villa signed giant Norwegian striker John Carew from Lyon in 2007 he was expected to be one of the final pieces in the jigsaw that would see Aston Villa playing Champions League football under Martin O’Neill’s reign. His track record was intimidating at best. Magnificent spells at Valencia, Besiktas and Rosenberg had prefaced another decent spell with French champions Lyon.
However his lack of goals and propensity toward injury saw the striker making more headlines for scoring off the pitch with the likes of supermodel and David Walliams old flame Lauren Budd then on it.
He is, however, a devout Christian and has been noted for his work in his father’s homeland of Gambia and for visiting children hospitals for donation opportunities in Birmingham during his time at The Villains.
But his career has hit a real cross-road this summer since his release from West Ham, where he failed to have a significant impact last season.
He was declared bankrupt in May this year, but that has since been annulled as of July, yet the pursuit of a new club is proving less fruitful then his return from financial discrepancies.
It was believed he had signed a deal with newly promoted Norwegian Tippeligaen side Sandnes Ulf this summer; however that failed to materialise leaving him still without a club.
At 33-years-old it is hard to discount him as over-the-hill just yet and despite his recent toils with injury, in a similar fashion to Owen Hargreaves a pay-as-you play deal is not beyond the realms of possibility, despite his recent brush with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
While links with clubs in Vietnam, China and Australia are all apparent across the web he is still known to be living in the UK, he even attended an art gallery opening in the capital this week so could he be considering a move to a British club?
He is reportedly very happy in the capital so moves to teams such as QPR and Fulham are obvious links; however they are quite rich for strikers at the moment. Some have even thrown his name into the Liverpool striker equation potentially on a short-term contract.
Martin O’Neill could take him back at Sunderland to offer support for Steven Fletcher and Louis Saha on Wearside.
However none seem likely, although a drop down the divisions could be an option for the Norwegian giant, maybe all the way down to the team he mythically supports.
Scarborough F.C, or at least one of their new incarnations since insolvency in 2007, would surely welcome him to the club. While he would have to take the biggest wage-drop in history to play for either Athletic or Town, it would irrevocably confirm the urban myth that John Carew is a Seadog through and through forever.
I think Gary Neville coming out of retirement to play for Liverpool might be more likely.
But would you want your team to take a punt on John Carew?
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