Player #816

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Carlos Cuéllar

Centre Back

From:

To:

2008-09

2011-12

Previous Clubs

Villa Career

Subsequent Clubs

2000-03 CD Numancia, Free |
2000-01 CD Calahorra (L) |
2003-07 CA Osasuna, Free |
2007-2008 Rangers, £2.7m |

2008-12 Aston Villa, £9m, 121 (3) |

2012-14 Sunderland, Free |
2014-15 Norwich City, Free | 2015-16 UD Almería, Free |
2016-17 Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C., Free |
2017-18 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C., Free |
2018 Beitar Jerusalem, Free |
2018-19 Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C., Free |

Villa Seasons

Seasons

2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12

Appearances

37
48
17
19

Goals

0
3
0
0

AT A GLANCE

Carlos Javier Cuéllar Jiménez

Birth Date

Sunday, 23 August 1981

Birth Place 

Madrid

Spain

TRANSFER IN

Transfer Date

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Joined From

Glasgow Rangers

Transfer Fee

£9,000,000

Aged

PLAYING RECORD

Playing Position

Centre Back

Seasons Active

2008-09

to

2011-12

Appearances

121

Goals

3

Played Under

Martin O’Neill |
Gérard Houllier |
Alex McLeish |

KEY DATES

First Squad Appearance

Monday, 15 September 2008

Debut Appearance

Thursday, 18 September 2008

First Goal

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Final Appearance

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Final Squad Appearance

Sunday, 13 May 2012

TRANSFER OUT

Transfer Date

Monday, 2 July 2012

Moved To

Sunderland

Transfer Fee

Free

Aged

MISCELLANEOUS

Height

Foot

(6ft 3in) 1.9m

Right

Honours

2009-10 League Cup Runners Up |

Carlos Cuéllar

BIOGRAPHY

Player #816 for Aston Villa, Carlos Javier Cuéllar Jiménez played as a centre back for the club between 2008-09 and 2011-12 making 121 appearances and scoring 3 goals.

Cuéllar was born in Madrid on 23 August 1981 and was signed by Martin O’Neill from Glasgow Rangers for £9,000,000 on 12 August 2008.

O’Neill handed Cuéllar his debut appearance for Villa on Thursday, 18 September 2008 aged 27.

In total Cuéllar made 37 appearances in his debut season including 33 starts as he played alongside a truly talented backline of Luke Young, Martin Laursen and Wilfred Bouma.

Cuéllar made 48 appearances in 2009-10 in a new look defence of Richard Dunne, James Collins and Stephen Warnock and helped Villa to the League Cup final, an FA Cup Semi Final and a 6th placed finish in the Premier League.

Indeed after the relative mistakes of signing centre backs Curtis Davies and Zat Knight earlier in his tenure as Villa boss, Martin O’Neill came up trumps bringing Cuéllar to the club.

An excellent, unfussy defender who fitted into Villa and their style with aplomb unfortunately O’Neill’s time at Villa was soon at an end as he chose to leave on the eve of the 2010-11 campaign leaving Villa with a succession of poor managers who criminally underused Cuéllar.

Gérard Houllier in 2010-11 gave Cuéllar just 17 appearances whilst Alex McLeish granted him 18 starts and one substitute appearance as well as often being played out of position.

A great fan favourite Cuéllar was sold well ahead of his sell-by date.

Typically of the man Cuéllar had no complaints and it was a sad day when he was allowed to leave Villa having made his final appearance on Sunday, 13 May 2012 aged 30.

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