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Player profile and performance records.

John Carew (Striker)

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John Carew

Lørenskog, Norway
Squad Number: 11
Position: Striker
Born: 5th Oct 1979 (Lørenskog, Norway)
Signed: 6th Aug 2011 (£0)
Contract: 1 year + 1 year option
Previous Club: Aston Villa

KUMB Awards: Worst Player 2011/12; Worst Signing 2011/12.

A long and eventful professional career began in the late 1990s at Valerenga, who plucked the gangly teenager from his hometown club Lørenskog. Having made a name for himself as a goalscorer with considerable talent, Carew was snapped up by top Norwegian club Rosenborg at the age of 20 in 1999.

Having featured in the Champions League for Rosenborg, it wasn't long before the striker - who became Norway's first black international at the age of 19 in 1998 - began to be linked with a string of top European clubs. But it was Spanish La Liga side Valencia who eventually snapped up the prodigious young talent for €8.5million in 2000.

Three years with Els Taronja saw Carew become one of Europe's hottest properties, a period during which he featured prominently in two La Liga winning squads and the 2001 Champions League final team. But in 2003 he was sent on loan to Roma for the season, a move that effectively ended his career in Spain.

Carew moved to Turkey with Besiktas in 2004 on a permanent deal and hit 14 goals in 27 appearances during that season. That return to form prompted Ligue 1 Lyon to splash out €7.6million the following summer in order to take him to France. However his spell in France proved to be troublesome and having scored just 14 goals in two years, Carew was sold to Aston Villa.

After a slow start at Villa Park, Carew ended the 2007/08 season as the club's top goalscorer with 13 to his credit. He bettered that by two in 2008/09, and by two more to finish with 17 in 2009/10. However the arrival of Gerard Houllier - who he had fallen out with at Lyon - marked the end of his spell at Villa Park.

Having been left out on a number of occasions by Houllier, Carew moved to Stoke on loan for the second half of the 2010/11 season. Despite being released by Villa at the end of the season, Stoke failed to offer the striker a permanent contract - allowing Sam Allardyce to step in and bring him to West Ham.

 

John Carew is yet play any matches this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

Brighton & Hove Albion

6-0: Saturday, 14th April

(Replaced Vaz Te, 77)
Another who was looking to impress – might even have done so given a bit more pitch-time.

Nottingham Forest

2-1: Saturday, 21st January

Did not play.

Portsmouth

1-0: Saturday, 14th January

Did not play.

Barnsley

1-0: Saturday, 17th December

Held the ball up well but never looked particularly mobile – with or without the back spasms.

Burnley

1-2: Saturday, 3rd December

(Replaced O'Brien, 80) Barely involved, a bit of a passenger.

Derby County

3-1: Saturday, 26th November

(Replaced Cole, 76) Some nice hold-up/lay off play in the last period.

Coventry City

2-1: Saturday, 19th November

There were three reasons for Carew’s poor showing. 1) Playing him up front on his own gave him no support. 2) Refereeing – he was pulled up for fouls far too often without justification. 3) He had a poor game anyway.

Hull City

2-0: Saturday, 5th November

Not really in the game today – possibly still suffering from the knock that kept him out in midweek, which would account for his withdrawal at half time.

Blackpool

4-0: Saturday, 15th October

Held the ball up superbly and rarely wasted the layoff. If one were to be churlish one might have hoped for more than the one goal he came away with, and he really owes Baldock a pint for not passing when his strike partner was much better placed. A fine performance nevertheless.

Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 1st October

(Replaced Collison, 68) Held the ball up well and automatically looked better than Cole as the simultaneous introduction of Baldock meant that he had someone alongside him throughout. Nice bit of movement for the goal.

Ipswich Town

0-1: Tuesday, 27th September

(Replaced Cole, 64) Replaced Cole. Difficult to tell the difference really.

Peterborough

1-0: Saturday, 24th September

(Replaced Cole, 56) The Norwegian looked a lot sharper than when appearing here last against Leeds United. He could prove to be a major asset as the season wears on.

Nottingham Forest

4-1: Sunday, 28th August

Did not play.

Aldershot Town

1-2: Wednesday, 24th August

Evidently not fit but produced little to show that he might be a major threat for the Hammers this season.

Leeds United

2-2: Sunday, 21st August

(Replaced Cole, 67 mins) Opinions are mixed. I thought he held the ball up well myself.
John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.

John Carew did not play for West Ham during this season.