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Would You Have Andy Carroll At Villa?

This isn`t a hint of inside knowledge or anything, but news is quiet so I thought I`d ask you opinion on this!!!

The Independent say that Liverpool would be willing to take a 20million hit on former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.

They paid 35million for the 23-year-old England international but he doesn`t fit into their new manager, Brendan Rodgers, plans.

Would you take a punt on him?

West Ham and Fulham have already been linked and the article suggests he might even be available on loan. Another report says Carroll wants to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool. However, if a manager indicates you aren`t in his plans, there is little to stay for.

Now, regular readers of my ramblings here will know how much I HATE the loan system, I don`t think it should be allowed between Premiership teams at all. However, if it was a loan with a pre-agreed option to buy, then it might not be so bad?

The player, if played correctly, knows where the goal is, as he showed in the Euro`s. He`s strong and might be a good partner for Darren Bent.

The flipside, this is a player who allowed a defender who had readily admitted he didn`t think he would ever score for England go up before him to take a penalty in the Euro`s. That to me (you know how reactionary I can be! LOL) means I`d not have him back in the England team (told you!) And obviously there are the off field stories from the press. Then again, he is 23 and growing up, so maybe he has learnt from those mistakes?

For Newcastle between 2006 and 2011 he played 80 times, scoring 31 gaols.

Liverpool he has played 42 times with just 6 goals.

2007-2008 England U19 8 (4)
2009-2010 England U21 5 (2)
2010- England 7 (2)

Given the right service, the right team and the right encouragement, he could be a very very handy player, who can forget who he scored his first hattrick against btw?! And his goal for England v Sweden was very well taken.

Hmmmm?

As said, no itk here, not hinting, just asking.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 11 2012

Time: 11:15AM

Your Comments

I'm not keen on pony tails, also, when he was on the sidelines warming up last season I sang 'If Andy Carroll can play for England so can I'... so maybe I'd need to go into hiding!??! To be fair, at that sort of price, I reckon he might just be worth a punt.
The Fear
Yes I would buy him with a pre-arranged amount option to buy subject to his form and goals!? Certainly no more than 15 Million though. Daglish was a fool to pay 35 Million and that was one of the many reasons he got fired.
Thomas Holte
Yes I would have him, but we cant afford him and his wages!!!
astonsteve
he would have to lose the Pony, but yeah I would take him. Ideal man to hit in the box with Bent picking up what doesnt go in
Chiefy
We've just got rid of Heskey, what do we want another donkey for?........
Pride of Lions
Would be a good signing for the right price.
McGrath4Pope
Yes I'd have him, I think he still has great potential. I also think Villa would be a good club for him. Obviously fee and wages make it a bit unrealistic, but if we could get him for around 15m and tell him to not be so "greedy" it would be a great deal. And a haircut would have to be part of the deal too.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
On reflection 15 Mill is far too much but I suppose it would all be down to how successful he was? Anyway's, can't see it happening at the Villa.
Thomas Holte
No! He is over rated and trouble, at any price. Even if you only paid 15 million, as been suggested,you could a couple of decent players for that..
kefkat
Yes. good player, not selfish like most strikers. Good defender too. Unpredicatbly and strong. And does have a lot of talent. Just not sure the drinking culture at our club will suit him!
leelindsay
15 mil ! just shows how much the game has changed the fact that people really think 15 min is an ok price for a player like Carrol i wouldnt want him on a free because that means we would well (randy) would still have to pay high wages for a player not good enough for the villa i think ji park would have been a decent replacement for stan who would agree anyone? (slight changing the subject)
black_villian
sod his hair, at 15M I'd le to see him at the Villa. n his day he can be totally unplayable. Him and Bent in the box with plenty of supply from wide would be awesome. Don't see it happening though.
AVbornandbred
Hard working centre forward who knows where the goal is, not afraid to chase the ball. Perfect foil for DB in a 442!!
Charizma
hmm should have read the article first, basically repeated what JF said, only in not so many words :) I'm getting worried now.
Charizma
IMO Villa need an option of a big centre forward who is good with his back to goal..I think we only need this as an OPTION though, not as a preferred way of playing..So although I do think Andy Carroll would be a n excellent signing, we don't want to be paying 15m and massive wages for an option... I did hear rumoured Kenwynne Jones at 4m...Now IMO that would be a better deal..lower wages..more likely to accpt a role from off the bench and occassional start depending on system used...I think Carroll and Jones can only really play effectively in a 4-4-2..Not sure we will set up that way, BUT we will throughout matches have need to change to that formation..I hope I made sense!
krfeskivilla
Swap him for Bent. In this day and age few teams play with 2 up top and Bent cannot play with anyone else. Gabby would be a good foil for him. ;-D
Villan444
You can make him cut his hair, but how do you change the thinking that the pony tail was acceptable. The tail would be gone, but mentally he would still see himself sporting it. It's a no from me.
upthevilla
If he lost his pony tail wouldnt he lose all of his powers??? 444, You crack me me mate, im starting to think you are Gabbys Dad ;)
GibboVilla
Stuck with Gabby's hairdo Gibbo, wish I had the luxury of Carroll's LOL.
Villan444
Certain clubs have certain traditions. One of ours is a good old fashioned centre forward. Lochhead, Gray, Withe, Dublin. We have loved the continental centre forwards like Savo and JPA. We simply love a centre forward who takes no prisoners and bangs in a few goals. It is part of Villa DNA. I am sure that the money mentioned could be better spent, but I would have him on loan with a view to a permanent transfer at that money if he proves himself as joining the Villa centre forward greats.
voiceoftheholte
Can't believe people wouldn't . Id have him in a shot.
AstonBilla
Don't rate this player at that price. Like Downing half/ 1 season of good football should not give you these sorts of price tags. Maybe on loan but never been a fan of him.
Greenslade92
Nope, wrong attitude for me.
mike_field
To think Liverpool paid 55m for Downing and Carroll..... Us and Newcastle defo got the best end of them deals me thinks :)
GibboVilla
lol, agreed Lee, that is the worry!
The Fear
444, you are quite mad, but I like ya!
koolbill
Carroll and Herd in the same squad? The bouncers at Gatecrasher must be sh1 tting themselves at that prospect!!!
madirish
 

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