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For £18 million, what do you receive?
The good news for Andy Carroll is that he will always score goals. He is of a certain ilk in that respect. Even if woefully out of form, he will be presented with enough chances to find the back of the net.
Traditional English centre-forwards—"battering rams," as they call them on the British Isles—have always been utilised efficiently in the EPL.
However, using Carroll hinders your squad's overall development. It gives your players a go-to option to lump it and when pressured they'll no doubt oblige.
Carroll is English, so any EPL team paying must shell out 25 percent extra. However, at a cool £18 million, you risk setting your club back pretty heavily. Intentionally or not, Carroll makes sides one-dimensional.