Sunday, August 7

John Carew, Carew, he likes a lapdance or two...

Well, we've signed a fifth Premiership player in John Carew. Say what you like about Sam Allardyce, he's certainly attracting a better class of player than Avram Grant would have.

Carew is 31 years old, but scored nearly one goal every two games at Aston Villa (52 in 133 games) and has 88 caps for Norway. He's not that mobile, but at 6ft 5ins you'd expect him to be unstoppable in the air at Championship level.

Admittedly he comes with an attitude having argued with Martin O'Neill at Villa and being famously caught at a lapdancing joint the night before a game, hence the memorable chant of "John Carew, Carew, he likes a lapdance or two..."

But you'd expect Allardyce to be capable of motivating just such a player and keeping him away from the fleshpots of E13 (or at least just giving him a few of the chairman's mags to keep him content).

The big question now is will he play with Carlton Cole or has he been signed as a replacemenmt?

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