Liverpool FC : Andy Carroll's Long Road Back To the First Team
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When Liverpool signed Andy Carroll for £35m in January there were many Liverpool fans who firmly believed that the club had snatched the future of English football from under the noses of the biggest clubs in Europe.
On the surface Carroll is a fantastic prospect and the fact that he signed for Liverpool whilst injured can go some way to explaining his slow start at Anfield.
It is also interesting to note that when he was sold there were quite a few of the Newcastle faithful glad to see the back of him, and frankly amazed that anyone would have paid such a kings ransom for a player with a very debatable attitude.
Right now it seems that the Newcastle fans might have been right and the signing of Carroll could well be an expensive gamble that no other club would have even considered.
I live in the North East of England and have very good relationships with people who work in football coaching in the region, many in Newcastle.
It is clear in my mind that Newcastle was never going to fight to keep Carroll and when the offer from Liverpool landed on the owner's desk it was something that allowed the club to sell the player on economic grounds.
The truth seems that Carroll was a disruptive influence and his complicated private life that lead to a court ordering him to live with the then club captain Kevin Nolan whilst on bail made people grow tired of him. The the case was later dropped due to a lack of evidence.
Worryingly for Newcastle is that Carroll had already plead guilty on two occasions to charges linked to assaults in the town and was considered uncontrollable by some at the club.
Will Andy Carroll 'make it' at Liverpool?
His move to Liverpool has proved one thing, that Kenny Dalgleish is a manager with enough strength to challenge the player and make it clear that only the best pull on the red of Liverpool. That was something that was never likely to have happened at Newcastle.
Playing at a big club takes a lot more effort than at one of the countries lesser ones (apologies to Newcastle fans but Liverpool is a bigger club) and that Carroll simply doesn't have the mindset to put in the required effort.
His style of play is also being found out as his fitness is way below what is expected, and this means he lumbers around the pitch with no zip.
At this moment in time Andy Carroll is an expensive little fish in a much larger pond and unless he changes his attitude and focuses on getting fitter, sharper and more of a team player then he will fail at Liverpool.
Many who knew him during his time at Newcastle will openly tell you that they don't think he will be able to make those changes.
If that is the case then it will be sad to see a very talented footballer fall short of what he should achieve.
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