As I considered my list of alternate players that Liverpool could have signed, it excited me at first but then became rather dull.
Essentially, Liverpool could have signed almost anybody for the fee they paid for Andy Carroll, but some Liverpool fans were blinded by the net cost that involved Torres leaving for Chelsea.
I do believe that Andy Carroll is a player that will come good. I can't think of a target man that has ever been at the top of their game at Carroll's age.
It seems that players in that role develop their skills over time and hit their peak in their late 20s, suggesting there could be hope in the future for the much-maligned Geordie.
One thing for sure is that Liverpool paid way too much for Carroll, whatever his potential may be, as signings such as Demba Ba prove that breaking the bank isn't always the way forward.
Arsene Wenger has continually constructed and reconstructed Arsenal on a low budget and I believe that he has done a fantastic job in doing so. The signings that come in to the club might not always excite Arsenal fans, but they've unearthed some gems along the way.
Wages and transfer fees are spiralling out of control in football, and with them goes a sense of real value.
If Liverpool had bought Carroll for £15 million, I'd have probably read the headlines and said "Well OK he's no Torres but he's young and a great aerial threat, so £15 million is about right."
I hope Liverpool recognise the error they made in what now seems like a panic January buy after losing Torres, and fingers crossed it won't happen again.
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