“I signed a new contract and I want to be here [Newcastle] for the rest of my life” — Andy Carroll circa 2010
Liverpool have signed striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle for a club record fee of about £35m — BBC Sport
It’s like two loved up teenagers saying they want to be together for the rest of their life not taking into account the unexpected scenarios life often creates. In Andy Carroll’s case, 2010 was a rosy year for him. A permanent fixture in Newcastle’s first eleven having been on the outside looking in for the best part of three years. 26 goals in 44 games in the calendar year. A senior cap for England. He perhaps thought finally things are going good for him after a series of off field misdemeanours that threatened to derail his career. Hence one can forgive him for making such a naïve statement/promise to the Newcastle fans which he now can’t take back.
Is Carroll worth £35m? David Villa, Gianluigi Buffon, Robinho, Dimitar Berbatov and Pavel Nedvěd were valued less. Even when Chelsea bought Andriy Shevchenko for £30.8, at least he had a glittering CV whereas Carroll doesn’t have a CV worth £35m so the answer is no.
Was Carroll forced out of the club? Of course he was! £35m for a player that came from the academy, consistently gets into trouble with the law and to top it all off, he’s currently injured. Mike Ashley is laughing his way to the bank. Ashley has copped a lot of flack (which he deserves) but to extract £35m for someone like Carroll, praise has to be handed to Ashley.
“I will never say anything bad about Liverpool” — Fernando Torres upon signing for Chelsea
“I’m joining a team that is at the top level. There’s not another level after Chelsea” — Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres commands English very well so he knows he was taking a pot shot at Liverpool. I’ve always been a believer of karma and if Liverpool win more trophies than Chelsea in the future, Torres’s quote will come back to haunt him.
As a Chelsea fan, I feel Roman Abramovich is being conned into another bust of a transfer having failed miserably with Shevchenko. In hindsight Shevchenko was on his way down and Torres is on his way down to given he was a nonfactor in Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup triumph, he spent most of this season with his head down and sulking about and 9 goals in 26 games is not a return of a striker worth £50m. If Abramovich wants to spend, spend and spend, why not throw money at Anderlecht to get Romelu Lukaku who is a physical phenomena and a bonafide future FIFA Ballon d’Or winner?
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