There was uproar and pandemonium when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for £35M just less than three years ago, but in retrospect that has turned out be a great deal for Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle
And the then new manager Alan Pardew took the heat from the fans, as he had almost promised that Andy was going nowhere, in only his second month as manager of Newcastle.
But Liverpool came in on 31st January, 2011 and met all of owner Mike Ashley’s requirements – £35M in cash – up front – for the 22 year-old, who at that time looked like he was going to become England’s talisman at center-forward for years to come.
And while it could be dangerous to say this – it has turned out to be a brilliant deal by the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley - in retrospect.
Andy didn’t do well at all at Liverpool, and once new manager Brendan Rodgers came in to replace Kenny Dalglish, that was his career over at the Reds.
And last summer, West Ham paid just less than half the £35M – £17M to take him permanently to Upton Park, where the reports suggest they are paying him £100K/week on a six-year deal.
If that’s true the Hammers are paying out a cool £48M in transfer fee and ages over the next six years for Andy.
And he’s been injured all season, and made his very first appearance – as a sub – in the last game – so he’s already missed half a season.
And in that vital West Ham 2-0 win at Cardiff last weekend, the Gateshead lad set up the second goal in stoppage time.
While there was complete uproar when the 6’3″ striker was sold, there would be few fans today that would say this was not a good deal for Newcastle – in fact it’s been a great deal for Newcastle.
The newspapers are trying to make the case Andy will be a big threat to his old club tomorrow, but this is only his second game back, and he cannot be match fit at the moment.
But we’ll have to wait and see and Newcastle can take nothing for granted at Upton Park tomorrow afternoon.
So three years later the Andy Carroll deal could be one of the best that Newcastle have ever made.
And when we think of the Andy Carroll deal at West Ham, the Michael Owen deal that Newcastle struck back in August, 2005 – for £17M – for the then Real Madrid striker quickly comes to mind – and Michael was on £115K/week for four years, and played only 79 times with 30 goals for the club
That may be the worst deal Newcastle have ever made.
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