O'Neill calls on Carew to be consistent

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Martin O'Neill believes Aston Villa striker John Carew "can be anything he wants to be" in football if he shows more consistency.

Carew has made a big impact since returning to the Villa side after nearly three months out of action with a back problem and has scored 12 goals this season. But O'Neill wants the Norway international to show his top form on a more regular basis ahead of Sunday's home Barclays Premier clash with fellow European challengers Everton.

O'Neill said: "It is great that John is fully fit. The back problem has cleared up. He is fitter now than he has been for quite some time and we are delighted with him. Has he got a future here? yes. Is he happy here? yes. The crowd like him a lot, he is responding to that which is great."

He added: "When showing that type of form, John can be anything he wants to be. But, if you want to be known as a really feared centre-forward, you have got to be consistently excellent.

"John has moved from club to club and you will have to ask other people why that has been the case. While he has been here, while he has played, he has done exceptionally well.

"He can play. He is a talented player, not just a big lump of a lad. He can get the ball down and play, turn and twist people.

"If John can add that high level of consistency, where you are doing the business for 80% of the time, then he can play for the next five years without a problem.

"I think John feels that if he is fully ready to go, that he is an asset to your team.

"I think he accepts what I say. I think he has accepted that challenge and wants to do something about it.

"I am very pleased with him. He has come roaring back, got some goals for us, and he has been a big asset since he arrived at the club."

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