Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 11 2012
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.
As said, no itk here, not hinting, just asking.
Our latest poll (bottom right hand side of page) asks your opinion.
Date:Wednesday July 11 2012
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