First of all. This is not a thread designed to slate Andy Carroll, I'm happy with his performances of late and I've been disappointed(yes) that he's been benched the last few games.
Just a few points I'd like to make.
Carroll had only scored 11 goals for Newcastle when we signed him, hardly prolific. In fact, every season there is a player from a lower team that goes on a goal scoring streak.
He wasn't top scorer in the Championship the season before.
He was injured when we bought him(Aquilani all over again), and people are still using the 'he's not fully fit' excuse.
We'd just been given 50m for Torres, Newcastle knew this so they boosted the price up. Why didn't we say no? He wasn't worth 35m, probably never will be. I'd say he was worth 15m at the time.
So considering we'd just bought Suarez for 22m, why did we agree to pay 35m for Carroll?
Like I said, I'm starting to like Carroll. But he's still not worth the money we paid, and I love hearing the excuses people come up with to justify it.