Alan Pardew has talked about possibly taking Andy Carroll back to Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – while still at Newcastle
During his many interviews yesterday, Alan was asked what he thought of Andy Carroll, and he said that Andy was still a good player and any thought that he would not make it at Liverpool was silly.
Andy could become a big threat at Liverpool tomorrow, and it will be Mike Williamson, who will be the main Newcastle defender to go up against Andy in the air, when those crosses come over.
Can you imagine what it would have been like if Coloccini and Williamson had not been available for this game, as at Norwich City a few weeks ago – Andy would have had a field day tomorrow.
This is what Alan had to say about Andy Carroll yesterday:
“You never want to lose great players and we never wanted to lose him. I would take him back if I had the chance. If the fee was not as high as it was, then he would still be here.”
“It was a decision, as a football manager, which was a very difficult one for me.” “I was 60-40 for keeping him, but for the finances of the club there was a strong opinion upstairs.”
“They are my employers. We all looked each other in the eye and said it was going to have to happen.”
“He is a young player and all young players need confidence – strikers particularly. Sometimes you need to stay with them.”
“He had games here when he was not brilliant over the course of the season but he was a very important player to this club. The best years for Andy are still ahead of him.”
“Going into the European Championships with England, I don’t know many teams who would like to see Andy Carroll on the England team-sheet, but he has to play himself into the squad.”
“It is fair to say he has not done that. He needs opportunities and a platform to do that also. Maybe with Suarez’s suspension that will be his opportunity.”
Newcastle would take Carroll back only if the price was something Newcastle were looking to pay for their new striker, which we think at tops would be around £10M, and of course that’s never going to happen with Andy.
And it’s far too early to write off Andy Carroll, and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who made Alan Shearer a lot better at Blackburn, knows that only too well.
Andy has the right temperament and is strong mentally, so he should be able to stand up to the pressure on him on Merseyside.
And just remembering the Blackburn game on Monday, Andy could easily have scored three goals, and Blackburn goalkeeper Mark Bunn made two excellent saves directly from Carroll, one in the last few seconds of the game, otherwise Andy would have been the hero.
So it will not take much for Andy to get back on track – but we just hope he doesn’t start doing that tomorrow night against his old team Newcastle.