You can’t blame Chelsea fans for failing to get excited at the prospect of signing Andy Carroll.
While their rivals are being linked with big-money signings in the January transfer window, it seems Antonio Conte has his heart set on Carroll to solve their current attacking problems.
Chelsea went more than 300 minutes without a goal before Michy Batshuayi’s strike against Norwich on Wednesday night - but they couldn’t grab another as the Championship side forced the Blues into a penalty shootout.
Alvaro Morata - who was signed for £75 million in the summer - hasn’t scored since the Boxing Day victory over Brighton and appears to be suffering a real confidence crisis.
And after failing to land Fernando Llorente in the summer, Conte has turned to Carroll to bring Chelsea that extra dimension.
In the previous two seasons, Carroll has scored just nine times in 36 appearances, suffering numerous injuries in the process.
No wonder Chelsea fans aren’t convinced. But it’s not just the fans that aren’t convinced.
Craig Bellamy - a former teammate of his at Liverpool - was speaking about Carroll on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’ on Wednesday night.
And to say that the Welshman was less than complimentary would be an understatement.
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“His strength is in the air, he's very difficult to deal with," Bellamy said.
"But, in general play, he's very difficult to link with, he doesn't see the game.
"My conversations always with Andy were... I don't believe he worked hard enough during the week to be the player he wanted to become. I never seen an inch of that, like with Jordan Henderson.
“He was going through a difficult period at that time as well, but he just trained and trained and trained, he kept improving, going to the gym. He worked, and I knew, I remember saying to him, 'You're going to be a top player. I know it, just by your attitude, and the ability you have, it will come'. I never felt that was going to be the case with Andy."
"He went to gym and felt stiff, then he felt that he didn't want to go to the gym anymore. Are his injuries part of that he doesn't look after himself? I felt that is always the case with Andy.
“I just feel he doesn't have the mentality or drive to be a top player, to be at Chelsea levels or be at Liverpool for more than one season, and that's just what I've always felt with Andy.
“I was surprised he was linked to Chelsea."
And football fans have been reacting to Bellamy's comments.
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Carroll’s Liverpool career wasn’t particularly impressive as he scored 11 goals in 58 appearances following his £35 million move.
And following Bellamy’s words, Conte will probably be less keen to pay £20 million on the English forward.
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