The hype surrounding Andy Carroll’s £35 million seems to have grown slowly but surely amongst sports media and fans, with no answer in sight as the striker put in a lacklustre effort against Rangers in a friendly last night.
Carroll was a momentary record for British transfers, moving to Liverpool at the last minute in January for £35 million, while Fernando Torres left the Reds for another record £50 million. Big money seemed to be flying around, and pundits are still waiting to see whether Carroll was just hype, or whether Liverpool did some of their best transfer business in years swapping one sharp shooter for another.
So has Carroll been worth it for Liverpool? Or has he not had time yet to show his true worth? In two or three years from now, will the naysayers be apologising for ever thinking that Newcastle got a good deal selling the striker for such a big fee? GMF looks at both sides.
He is worth it
Carroll has had his problems over last season and this one, with the 22-year-old suffering ongoing injuries and admitting to pressure over his massive transfer sum.
Liverpool have not only captured a future England talent in Carroll, but a young one, who while playing alongside Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing, as well as youngsters Jack Robinson and John Flanagan for club and country, Dalglish clearly has a plan to create a special bond between the England international players in the side.
Carroll has shown moments of brilliance this season, with his goal against Everton one of those moments. A brace against Manchester City last season also showed major potential. His presence on the pitch is an obvious threat despite his inexperience, and the danger of his headers will only get stronger with time.
Time is something that fans don’t often give players the price of Carroll to deliver on their promises, but in this case, with Carroll’s young age, Liverpool fans should give the starlet time to adjust to a team the size of the Anfield club and the pressure the size of £35 million
He isn’t worth it
Carroll was yet another case of English players being inflated simply because they’re English, and Dalglish took the carrot from Newcastle to pay well over the odds for a striker who should have delivered by now.
Four goals since January for the striker, and fans are deservedly starting to feel as though they may have been taken for a ride of media hype over Carroll’s abilities.
Stories of drinking too much and not training hard enough have only compounded suspicious feelings over the striker, and the knowledge that Sergio Aguero cost only a couple million pounds more and has already scored eight goals this season for Manchester City will rub salt into the wounds of fans who felt Carroll was too expensive.
Carroll’s limited experience in the Barclays Premier League is further proof that the England international wasn’t worth the fee. Whether Dalglish got caught up in the hype surrounding a good first half of the season for Newcastle, or whether the manager saw something unique and special in Carroll remains to be seen, but so far that special quality has only been shown in three games.