When I first heard Andy Carroll was leaving Newcastle for Liverpool and then I heard the price tag I thought of two things; he isn’t worth £35 million - and Liverpool isn’t the right club for him.
The man from Gateshead is a good old fashioned centre forward; strong and hard for any defender to deal with. He won’t go past three players then round the keeper; but he’ll fight for every ball in the air and win most of them.
When he played for his hometown club he was compared to Alan Shearer and that isn’t fair; both good players but totally different styles.
I don’t blame Newcastle for cashing in on him I was just surprised at the club he ended up at. What I mean by that is when he played in black and white the team was built around him; a target man that would score lots of goals and it worked.
Liverpool are more of a passing side and that does not work to Carroll’s strengths.
He found it hard from the start at Liverpool; it took two months to make his debut! He played 58 times for the Anfield club scoring just 11 times.
Only last week the new Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers said he would have been a "nutcase" to release the striker on loan or permanently, yet he has reneged on his statement by admitting Liverpool cannot "have a £35m player on the bench".
Liverpool’s loss was West Ham’s gain when they signed the England International on a season’s loan; to me Carroll looks more relaxed and enjoying his football already.
The move is good as Carroll knows a couple of people at West Ham that were with him at Newcastle. Sam Allardyce and Kevin Nolan with the midfielder being his old landlord after the centre forward had got into a little trouble.
Big Sam will play to Carroll’s strength and with Matt Jarvis supplying the crosses the pony tailed Geordie and his mate Nolan will surely score goals.
I wish Andy Carroll a lot of success and I can see it happening for him at West Ham; if he plays for the rest of the season like he did against Fulham he may be in line for the Golden Boot but that might be pushing it a bit...
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