This week is was confirmed that 32 year old Grant Holt will be coming to Villa Park on a loan deal for the rest of the season and today it was announced that he would be claiming the number 29 shirt. The Wigan striker isn’t a stranger to Lambert having worked with him at Norwich and it’s good to see Villa bringing in a forward to try and boost our terrible ‘goals for’ statistics.
It’s also nice to see Randy Lerner spending some money, although he may want to flog some of his stuff on musicMagpie next time so we can buy someone rather than loan them.
Wigan’s manager Uwe Rosler has spoken to the press and said that Lambert managed to get the best out of Holt during his time at Norwich so fingers crossed he’ll do the same again for him over the next few months. Holt himself could do with the boost too – he’s only scored twice this season for the current holders of the FA Cup.
Whether Holt proves to be a good signing or not, only time will tell. However, as all good football fans do when a new signing comes in, we thought we’d boot up our copy of FIFA 14 and have a look at what his statistics are like on there – because everyone knows that the people at EA Sports are the world’s best talent scouts.
So, the people at FIFA think that Grant Holt (74 rating overall) is…
A tough forward, getting an 85 rating for both strength and aggression;
A good header of the ball, getting an 86 for jumping and an 82 for heading accuracy;
A good finisher too, with a shot power of 82 and a finishing rating of 80.
This sounds like pretty good news so far as the likes of Kozak and Tonev haven’t produced the results we’d have liked to have seen up front. However, it isn’t all good news from the people at EA Sports, as they also think that Grant Holt…
Will fall over a lot, with a rating of 62 for balance;
May see a card if he decides to go for a sliding tackle, as with a 21 rating he isn’t the best at it;
Isn’t the fastest player to grace the Villa team sheet with 53 acceleration and 54 sprint speed.
So, it’s good news and bad news for Villa fans when it comes to the signing of Grant Holt according to the developers of FIFA 14. If they’re right (which they usually are), he could bury a few balls in the back of the net which is exactly what Villa need right now and if they’re wrong, flog your copy of the game here and never listen to them again.
Article by Ben Anderson.