It looked like Andy Carroll was going to be a super-star when he left Newcastle for Liverpool in January of 2011, after Newcastle couldn’t resist the £35M up front in cool cash the Merseyside club foolishly (in retrospect) offered Mike Ashley. And Newcastle fans were very upset and my son Neil vowed he would never watch Liverpool again.
Andy Carroll – career has stagnated in last two years
At the time it looked like the Gateshead youngster would be the new talisman for England, never mind Liverpool, so we had visions of seeing this lad become a great player for England – and he had left his home town club – and that would have been very painful for Geordie fans to take.
But fast forward just over two years, and Andy Carroll’s career has slumped badly, and he was shipped out on loan last August to West Ham, and he’s scored 5 goals in 17 appearances for the east London side – and he has lost his place in the England squad.
Add to that he has absolutely no future at Liverpool, since new manager Brendan Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish – and the former Swansea boss signed Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge in January.
We suppose that Andy will report to Liverpool for pre-season training this summer, but Liverpool’s goal will be to sell Andy in the summer, for as much as they can get back on their £35M investment.
But the £17M they put on the 24 year-old’s head last summer seems way too much, and we don’t think any club is daft enough to pay that amount for the former Newcastle striker.
West Ham have the right to sign him for £17M, as part of the loan deal, but it’s hard to say the 6’3″ striker has been a huge success at the Hammers, who are also hardly a rich club.
Newcastle would be interested in the player but not at £17M, and we think £10M is about what Newcastle would be willing to pay to bring the Geordie back to his home town club, and that would still be a £25M profit on the deal over two and a half years.
Who said Mike Ashley didn’t know what he was doing from a financial viewpoint?
But Liverpool would be loathe to sell him back to Newcastle as the news would be that had squandered £25M in thirty months.
In the poll we conducted in late January, fans were split down the middle as to whether he was worth £10M to Newcastle.
We’ll have to wait until the summer and see what transpires – but if West Ham pull out of the bidding expect Newcastle ate least to make an offer in the region of £10M – but not much more than that.
If the Red cannot sell Andy in the summer we suppose he could go out on loan again for next season.
What do you think?
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