Brendan Rodgers has started to tell clubs they will not get Andy Carroll this summer on the cheap – but we’d be very surprised if any club comes in for Andy at Liverpool’s asking price of £17M.
Andy Carroll – after scoring against West Brom last weekend
Well that’s unless QPR avoid the drop, because they would pay £17M for Carroll and also pay him the £80K a week in wages he gets at the moment, but it’s hard to see how QPR can avoid the drop now – although it’s still possible.
This is what Brendan Rodgers said in The Sun today about big Andy:
“It’s absolutely the case that IF the player does leave then it won’t be for nothing”. “It is no fault of his own but he came here for an astronomical fee.”
“There is no doubt Andy has real qualities — some of his goals from set-plays with West Ham have proven that. And the financial aspect to it means he won’t be leaving on the cheap if he does.”
“With every player it is about the style and how they fit into that. If you look at Luis Suarez we are a team that is set up to exploit his qualities.”
“It’s not that Andy hasn’t got qualities because, if we set up in a different way, we’d get the best out of him. But we are happy with playing around Luis.”
“I find it funny when I hear people saying we shouldn’t have let Andy go out. It was the right thing because it is not just about the football, there is a financial implication here too.”
“At this moment the club isn’t one which can have that money sitting on the bench, in terms of what he cost and his wages.”
Liverpool now have a player they paid way over the odds for, much like Newcastle used to do in the past, and the Reds managed to offload his wages to West Ham this season, which is good for Liverpool, but it’s the fee they will take a shower on this summer.
Andy scored twice in the 3-1 win against West Brom last weekend and he had a very good game, but there’s just no way Newcastle will pay £17M for him.
Maybe a bit of goal scoring form in the final seven games of the season from the big lad, will tempt West Ham to pay up for the 6’3″ striker – but apart from that scenario, we cannot see Liverpool getting what they want for their Geordie striker.
And in the immortal and philosophical words of Mick Jagger – “You can’t always get what you want.”
What do you think?
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