Liverpool: Praise for Andy Carroll Is Still Premature

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIApril 14, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Andy Carroll of Liverpool looks on during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Let me just say this to start, it is good to see that Andy Carroll has scored two goals, and two important ones at that, for his club after all the criticism he has revealed lately.

Maybe, just maybe, Liverpool will start to see some repayment on that £35m fee.

Still, any great praise for Andy Carroll is premature and he is still in the bust category at the moment.

One author has already labeled Andy Carroll as a match-winner. Really? After two games? Helping a team who had 10 men against Blackburn to an important away win and nodding them into the final of the FA cup are great achievements but not enough, yet.

You also have to consider the fact that he missed two other good opportunities in the game and that is a weakness that must be fixed.

Where was he when Liverpool struggled through a variety of league games and needed a match-winner in order to stay away from penalties against Cardiff? He was struggling to find the back of the net to a tune of 10 goals in 51 games for his club so far.

Will he show up for the FA Cup final or the remainder of Liverpool's league games?  The FA Cup final will be a real test and some improved performances in the league would be a start.

Carroll has certainly not shown enough yet to be labelled a match-winner and those two performances could be just as much a one-off as they are the start of something good.

Consistency and effective play is what one should expect from a player signed with the type of fee Andy Carroll was and any talk about giving him time to settle is also strange.

Carroll is used to the English style of play and showed some good form with Newcastle before his move. Wherever that form went is anyone's guess.

With players like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard around him, though Gerrard was injured quite a bit, Carroll should have been able to be more effective earlier in his career.

At 23 years old, we all know that Carroll has time to progress but what we have seen in his year and two months at Liverpool has not been cause for a positive outlook.

While some Liverpool fans will offer hero status to their No. 9 after these two finishes, especially the Everton one, he has a long way to go yet.

Andy Carroll may be Liverpool's forward of the future but he is not in that mold, or anywhere near it, at the moment.