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Andy Carroll transfer debate

May 1, 2013

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After earning huge name and fame in Newcastle United, Andy Carroll was lured by Liverpool’s huge sum of money and he joined the reds early 2011. But the same club that brought him for GBP 35 million failed to get the best out of him in spite of chances under Dalglish reign. The player did not fit into the new manager’s, Brendan Rodgers scheme of things and was hence loaned out to West Ham early in the season.

Now with the season coming to an end, his future still remains uncertain. He might be brought back to Liverpool or might be sold to some other clubs, which would offer Liverpool in excess of GBP 15 million. Andy Carroll transfer always comes to the surface whenever big Andy puts up a good performance for West Ham. So was the case after him impressive performance against Manchester United and West Brom few weeks back. But the price tag of around GBP 17 million may prove too costly for other teams, who wish to sign the lanky striker. It is for the same reason, there are rumours that the club may be interested in signing Nikica Jelavic from Everton, who could prove to be a value for money player.

One does not need to be a rocket science to understand that Brendan Rodgers is not a big fan of Andy Carroll. It is understood as BR is someone who has a different approach to the game, where players prefer to keep the ball on their feet and take the ball forward, but Andy’s game suits teams such as West Ham, Stoke, who launch the ball upfront. Andy has been a good team player for West Ham, as he has been winning headers with ease against his opponents and thus creating chances for his team mates as well as himself.

There ares some who suggest that the player deserve a chance under BR, as the manager has not even given the striker from England a chance to prove himself in Liverpool jersey, as he was loaned even before the season started. The player initially was a part of the pre-season games. He desperately wanted to play for Liverpool and wanted to show that he belonged to club, but still, he was not given a chance. He may not fit into Liverpool’s new style of play, but he could have been easily used as a super sub, especially against teams, which had physical presence. And when Liverpool’s plan A could not materialise, he could have been brought from the bench with Plan B, but it was not to be.

But, putting Andy Carroll on the bench could be a expensive proposition with the star in the list of high wage earners for Liverpool. It could be too much for Liverpool, as he is not guaranteed first team football. How can the most expensive player warm the bench? It holds no justice. Even, if Carroll is brought to the club, the player would be coming into the squad with not much high quality games for West Ham. He was sent on loan to West Ham so as to gain in good experience, but with injuries, he could not prove himself much but there were some glittering performances in some games he played, but lacked consistency overall. But, his link up with Kevin Nolan has been appreciated by all and sundry in the EPL and these two players also created some trouble for other defenders while playing together.

There are certain positives also if big Andy is brought to Liverpool for he is one of the best in the EPL when it comes to winning battles in the air. Liverpool with the number of skilled dribblers in the team has won plenty of fouls on both side of the flanks, but has not been able to convert their chances from those set pieces. Similarly, the reds have also got a number of chances to score goals from corners, but they do not have many players to win those headers in the danger area. It is at this juncture that Andy Carroll can play an important role. With his height, he is one of best attacking header of a football. With the present squad, Daniel Agger seems to be the only target for Liverpool during corners.

With the Liverpool owners looking for younger players, Andy Carroll is an ideal player aged just 24 years. May be, the owners need to try their luck and see how things plan out, as it could turn out to be a profitable investment if its pays off, else they can definitely sell the player next season. Liverpool fans are aware of the quality display of Carroll in the fag end of the 2011/2012 season under Kenny Dalglish.

Before the Suarez bite incident, Liverpool might have been sure that the player was no longer wanted at Liverpool, but with the uncertainty over Luis Suarez’s future, it is time to rethink their plans and strategies, if the Uruguayan quits the club. May be, at this juncture Andy comes into BR’s scene. Will he?

 

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