The new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he will consider sending Andy Carroll out on loan next season, after the big striker disappointed last season with just 9 goals in 47 appearances for The Reds.
Andy Carroll – while on Tyneside
The problem Liverpool have had is that at least with ken Dalglish, the team didn’t play to Andy’s strengths at all, and when you do that you cannot expect to get the best out of the big striker.
Contrast that to the way Newcastle used Andy when he was his home town club, when the game plan meant putting high balls into the box and Andy would beat up on the center-backs and wore them out and set up some goals by knock-downs to other players, or put the ball into the back of the net himself.
Alan Pardew seems still to be a believer ion Andy Carroll and he had this to say yesterday to Sky Sports News, on the striker’s situation on Merseyside:
“There is a lot of talk about players when new managers go in and their situations get all cloudy.” “I don’t think that’s completely resolved, one way or the other. I wouldn’t really like to comment.”
“He did an absolutely terrific job here. I have always supported him while he has been at Liverpool when other people weren’t. I thought he got a bit of a raw deal, if I’m honest.” ”Not by Liverpool, just the media in general.”
“I think he’s going to be a great player, but where he treads the boards, so to speak, we will have to wait and see.”
If, and only if, Newcastle cannot bring in a young striker via a good permanent deal this summer, then they could turn to a possible loan deal for Andy Carroll, who could become the third striker for Newcastle next season.
That would be the cheaper option, and Newcastle could keep their money until a suitable striker becomes available, as they did last summer, and only have to pay for Carroll’s loan deal.
Certainly Newcastle could use Andy’s strengths to their benefit, but there has to be questions about whether Newcastle would bring a local lad back, who was willing to walk away from his home town club for big money elsewhere.
We think they would, but whether Andy would be willing to come back is another matter, and he may also get more playing time at Upton Park, with his big pal Kevin Nolan presumably trying got persuade him to spend a season down in east London.
We think Carroll will want to stay at Liverpool to fight for his place and try to make the Liverpool first team under new manager Brendan Rodgers, if he gets that chance.
And we saw from the comments on the blog yesterday, that there are still a number of Geordie fans who think he betrayed the club when he left in January of 2011, and that may be a problem too.
But Newcastle’s goal this summer is to bring in a new young striker, with their top target Luuk de Jong ruled out because he doesn’t want to come to Newcastle.
Our two top choices to bring in given the 21 year-old Dutchman wont come, are 20 year-old Swedish striker John Guidetti of Manchester City, and Dutch 19 year-old Luc Castaignos of Inter-Milan.
Both young strikers have enormous potential, and could be picked up for a reasonable fee, and both want first team football next season.