It’s all so easy being a journalist isn’t it? Picking on a player out of form, targeting him with rumours of former clubs, his boyhood club, coming in and ready to release him from his current plight.
Poor old Andy Carroll.
It seems though in this instance that it’s more than poor old Andy Carroll its ‘Andy Carroll we simply don’t want you’ is the stance from his current employers. Whilst this is particularly hard to grasp from any neutral onlooker for us Geordies it’s something we all may have secretly thought could happen.
For Liverpool to spend £35 million on a very young relatively unproven Premier League player (aside from the 11 goals) was madness. Liverpool justified it, stating he was young so much potential, future number 9, England centre forward for years to come etc etc etc.
We all watched on half hoping that the poor lad would live up to his tag but also hoping that he realised how big a mistake he was making. The rest is history, awful return of goals, out of form, injured, and Liverpool finish 3rd in the table. At least he got champions league. Oh wait…
All seemed lost until a spark of form reignited him towards the end of the season and off he went to the European Championships and gave a good account of himself. Brendan Rodgers comes in and does the inexplicable; he admits he may let him go. Incredible in my view bearing in mind that at Swansea he played with Graham as the pinnacle of his attack often.
Step in the brilliant, premeditated minds of new regime. We plump a loan bid in for his services and according to reports a £12m offer for our old home grown number nine. Take it or leave it. And finally I get to the point of the article – I think Andy Carroll will be in Newcastle Colours by 1st September.
Unwanted at Liverpool, unloved, potentially left to wallow in his own self pity after being shunned by the manager. Whereas the bright lights of Newcastle, 52,000 home crowd, welcoming back our home grown lad, the attraction will surely be too much.
Wages could be a stumbling block but if he accepts his mistake then I’m sure he will bite the bullet. Not as clear cut as that we all know but the one major aspect that could sway him is a return is Europe. I know Liverpool are in the Europa League too but I am talking about the potential for years to come and the chance of playing football at the highest level.
There’s nothing to say that Liverpool can’t gain Champions League football again but I am more confident that Newcastle will. The best players in our team are either reaching there peak or there best years are ahead of them. The regime have instilled a five year plan that the longer it goes the more I have faith in. We don’t spend big but we accumulate fantastic players. Carroll is no mug surely he can see this. Newcastle will appeal much like it appeals to bigger players all across the globe. Vurnon Anita won the double which he was instrumental in and gave up Champions League football to play for Newcastle. The trend is set.
Add Andy Carroll to our team and arguably our strike force is complete. Arguments will be made about our style with Carroll in the team but surely Shola Ameobi is similar in terms of key strengths? Carroll may not be guaranteed a start every game but what a player to bring on from the bench. It provides us with fantastic options and flexibility.
I for one am delighted with Pardew’s aim to play on the ground pretty football. However whilst Pardew knows the value of pretty football he knows that the way he is setting us up suits a fast counter attacking style; defend well break fast finish clinically. Carroll threatening up front with the likes of Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Jonas, Obertan, Amilfitano, Cabaye, Anita all supplying from midfield or from the wings surely will present Carroll with opportunities? Carroll can bully defences leaving more time for the deadly duo of Ba and Cisse. Who in the Premier League can afford to give Ba and Cisse more time?
If Andy Carroll returns to the Toon, not only will he be welcome, he will propel us further to our target of Champions League football. Surely Carroll knows the importance of this. What Carroll doesn’t know is that Newcastle with or without him will only get stronger whereas Liverpool are facing a difficult few years ahead.
Of Course this all depends on our owner releasing the purse strings, but if he does do you want him and will he be as much of a hit as he was previously?