We don’t think the rumors about Andy Carroll returning to Newcastle on a loan deal, have any truth to them whatsoever.
Coloccini challenging Andy Carroll last Friday night at Anfield
To us it seems more like some mischief by the gossip press, on a player who has come in for some some over-the-top criticism since he joined Liverpool from Newcastle just over a year ago.
And the 22-year-old had a decent game for Liverpool last night in their 3-0 loss at Manchester City, but one of the problems is that Liverpool just don’t play to Andy’s strengths.
Andy needs to be played in with some high balls into the penalty box, when he can use his prowess in the air and his physical game to play havoc with opposing defenses, as he did when he was at his home town club, Newcastle.
But Andy had just 5 goals for Liverpool in 29 appearances last year, and that compares with Andy scoring 11 goals for Newcastle in the 20 appearances he made in the Premier League for Newcastle last season.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew did not want to lose the big man to Liverpool, just over a month after he arrived on Tyneside, and Alan is still a huge admirer of the 6’3″ Gateshead-born striker, who turns 23 on Friday:
“You never want to lose great players and we never wanted to lose Andy,” “I’d take him back if I had the chance.” “If the fee offered by Liverpool had not been so high, he’d still be here.”
There’s no way Liverpool would let Carroll leave now, because it would be tantamount to admitting they made a huge mistake with Andy in paying out a massive £35M to Newcastle, and Kenny Dalglish is not going to do that, well not yet anyway.
And with Luis Suarez banned for 8 games and without Liverpool appealing against the ban, they will need Andy more than ever over the next six weeks or so.
And were we the only ones to think that the Liverpool statement about why they would not appeal Suarez’ ban, was just a little strange.
They basically said that Suarez was innocent, and that the FA had no real evidence against their player, and they would continue to fight against racial bias in society, and that’s why they would not appeal.
Strange indeed, but we think they would have had no chance to have won the appeal, and the Merseyside club finally decided to lump it – even if they didn’t like it.
And that’s probably a wise decision.