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Newcastle’s Transfer Interest Doesn’t Add Up
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago
It’s not been a great last eighteen months for Britain’s most expensive footballer. Andy Carroll’s rise to fame and acclaim was almost as swift as his fall from grace. After moving to Liverpool and struggling initially with fitness, and then with goals, the Geordie striker’s late surge in form was enough to get him a seat on the plane to Poland and Ukraine but not enough to secure a place in the heart of Brendan Rodgers.

If reports are to be believed, his days at Anfield could come to a close sooner than anyone predicted. Happy to take a loss but still keen to recoup as much of their outlay as possible, Liverpool have reportedly set a price of £20m for Carroll.

Relief, at least, can be found for most fans in the fact that he is probably out of West Ham and Sam Allardyce’s price tag. The prospect of having to play against Carroll in a team adhering to Allardyce’s tactics is unpleasant to say the least.

Moreover, with Carroll reluctant to leave Liverpool without having proven himself it seems unlikely that any club other than Newcastle would be able to provide him with temptation.

The Newcastle that Andy Carroll left, however, is extremely different to the one he could possibly return to. Out have gone Hughton, Barton, Nolan and a host of other players. Instead Newcastle have new faces like Ba, Cisse, Cabaye and Marveaux. What was a quintessential English squad now has much more of a continental feel to it. The effective but rugged physicality of the Hughton era was replaced with a cultured tenacity that was as much down to the new players as the new manager.

Therefore whilst Carroll would be a welcome alternative option, would he really command a place amongst an attacking line of Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa? Could Carroll genuinely expect to oust Ba or Cisse up front after the season they had and the relationship they have?

Many people would argue, and it seems that Brendan Rodgers is one of them, that Andy Carroll has difficulty playing well in a fast-paced, passing team. This isn’t the case. Just because Carroll isn’t fast, and just because most managers and team-mates choose to constantly play long balls to him it doesn’t mean that he is incapable of playing decent football.

This is a myth that is so often formed around tall players in England. As soon as we develop a striker over six feet we insist on endlessly hitting long balls up to them. Both Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll are as good, if not better, when the ball is played to them along the ground. They just get so few chances to prove this.

Maybe Rodgers has a bigger gripe with Carroll than just his stereotype, though. Whatever the case, Carroll would be able to play the brand of football Pardew has brought in at Newcastle.

Nevertheless, it still seems as though bringing Carroll back to the club could be fuelled more out of nostalgia than genuine reasoning. Even if they get him for a reduced price he will still be expensive and the wages he is on will be somewhat of a burden.

There’s no doubt that he’ll be a far better substitute than Shola Ameobi but can you really see Carroll agree to a move if he is not even guaranteed first team football at Newcastle either?

Every fan loves the idea of former stars returning to their club, especially when that former player is a local boy. But Newcastle mustn’t let nostalgia and romanticism cloud their judgement. Their progression over the last year has been based upon a solid scouting network, which identifies in-form players that come at a reasonable price. If Newcastle’s scout had been watching Andy Carroll over the last year, would they really suggest that he a) is a target worth going for and b) worth the £20m asking price? It seems unlikely.

Blog by Hamish Mackay



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BeefCurtains (Limerick) 2 years ago
"Andy Carroll has difficulty playing well in a fast-paced, passing team. This isn’t the case. "

Wrong. It most definitely is the case - he's lazy, arrogant and, 9/10, a step behind proceedings taking place in the last third.

"Both Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll are as good, if not better, when the ball is played to them along the ground. "

Attempting to 'lend' Carroll credibility by citing his name next to Crouch's is cheap. Crouch is a far more superior footballing talent than Andy Carroll will ever be.

"They just get so few chances to prove this. "

Wrong. Crouch on a week to week basis shows his ground control skills - EVEN in that car-crash, ****heap of a 'team' Stoke. Carroll will have one half decent game (at best) out of ten.

"There’s no doubt that he’ll be a far better substitute than Shola Ameobi"

Lol!

Tbuchanan29 (Newcastle United) 2 years ago
I can't believe Newcastle are even considering this Andy Carroll transfer. The only way I would want him to come back to the club is to have him sit on the bench every game and watch Ba and Cisse kill it like true talent does
T11D (Manchester City) 2 years ago
"Andy Carroll has difficulty playing well in a fast-paced, passing team. This isn’t the case.... Andy Carroll [is] as good, if not better, when the ball is played to them along the ground. "

Going to have to agree with Beefcurtains here. That simply isn't true. It's not just lack of quickness, it's lack of close control, inability to beat a man with his feet, and lack of ability to make key passes



   
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