Liverpool were forced last night to insist that Andy Carroll is going nowhere and certainly not back to his old club, Newcastle United.
Andy Carroll – after scoring one of his six goals for Liverpool
Andy has had a difficult time of things in his first full year on Merseyside, and he’s shown little of the form he showed at Newcastle during 2010, when he scored 25 goals for Newcastle and 11 of them were in the Premier League.
But there are continual stories in the press that Liverpool may try to offload Andy back to his home town club, and we also hear that Andy wouldn’t mind returning, or so the gossip press would have us believe.
But we doubt there’s any real truth in any of this, and Liverpool were forced to deny the rumors last night, when a Liverpool spokesman has this to say about the stories:
“It is complete nonsense. There is nothing in it,”
Newcastle have also maintained there has been no contact over Andy, and the news that Liverpool could sell him for £20M, is simply made-up stuff, and Mike Ashley wouldn’t pay £20M for any player.
Andy turned 23 last Friday and in 31 appearances for Liverpool since he signed last January 31st he has only 6 goals.
The last one was scored at the end of the 5-1 defeat of Oldham Athletic last Friday night, and just two minutes after Andy came on as a substitute.
That’s when he hit home a nice left-foot shot, and to be honest when we’ve seen him he’s generally looked quite good, but has had no luck at all in front of goal, and of course Liverpool hardly play to the lad’s strengths.
£35M in cash is a lot of money to pay for a player when you don’t use the lad’s abilities, but Liverpool tend to play a game that supports the style of Louis Suarez, who was also signed last January and has been a success at Liverpool.
But Louis has only 12 goals in 33 appearances for Liverpool, which is still twice the number of goals that Andy has, but you always have the feeling that Suarez should score more goals, but to his credit he also has 11 assists for the Reds.
Louis Suarez is out on an eight game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and Carroll is set to lead the line in Liverpool’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Manchester City tomorrow night.
Andy has scored four goals in his 22 appearances this season and we hope the lad will start making a breakthrough on the goals front, maybe starting tomorrow night against Manchester City.
It’s good that Andy has good mental strength, which should see him through this tough spell in his career, but we wouldn’t blame him one little bit if he’s thinking right now he should have stayed at Newcastle.
We think he would still be knocking those goals in for his home town club, and of course Andy is a dyed-in-the-wool Newcastle fan for the rest of his life, whatever happens in his football career.
When you are born and bred on Tyneside, that’s what happens to a lot of us. 😀