By Brian Ker
I think we need to think back to a statement made by Kenny Dalglish when the young forward was brought in – “We didn’t by him for a month or two months we bought him for the next four and five seasons”
That statement rings as true today as it did back in January. We simply do not know and we wont know until the next few seasons play out.
Carroll has been compared to Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, and also to former Newcastle and Everton striker Duncan Ferguson due to his skill in the air. He is referred to as a classic No. 9 centre forward, owing to his strength, powerful shot and excellent heading ability.
Former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan stated “he is probably in the top three headers of a ball I have ever seen in football”.
After Newcastle’s game at home to Blackpool last season Ian Holloway described Carroll as the best striker in the Premier League.
Isa complete of player as– Nope then again who is? players like Suarez don’t come around very often the impact of Suarez would put 99.9 % of players on this planet in the shade and its a possible reason for us to look at the investment of Carroll as a waste of money however Carroll can have the same type of impact in the next five seasons? definitely!
Liverpool know they have a massive and unique talent in Andy Carroll. They also know he is not Luis Suarez or even dare i say it the man he replaced Fernando Torres.
He has however a very unique set of skills that when used properly will be invaluable.
A fact often forgotten about last January was Tottenham came in with a bid of £25 million for Andy Carroll weeks before Liverpool needed a replacement for Torres. Newcastle turned down the bid straight away citing him not for sale Harry Redknapp already had Peter Crouch in his team so it he must have thought there was more to Carroll’s game than being a big man he already had one
Can all the above people possibly be wrong? possibly.
He may not turn into the world beater we hope but there’s a very good chance he will,and that was worth the gamble and is also worth the support from the fans for the next season or two.