I've been saying from the get go - Andy does not suit our style but I listened to the litany of excuses. At first the excuse was that he was injured and not fit yet. Then he needed service so we went out and got the leagues' leader in supplying crosses by a mile to take advantage of his strengths in the air. Then it was it he needs to be given a run of games - so by default he got that run of games when Suarez was forced out of the team and until recently, to be fair to Kenny had gotten a decent run to the team. Then it was just wait till Stevie comes back and forms a lethal trio.
Well, he's fit now, he's had his run, Stevie is back and guess what Liverpool's biggest weakness still is, guess what Andy isn't doing, and guess what Liverpool's number 1 need for strengthening is this summer?? The lad simply doesn't have the talent, ability, brains and wherewithall to be the player we need him to be. Nothing could be more obvious. If I were being harsh but the stats were there and he was scoring goals and making assists, etc then the abuse I take here from people on the other side of this issue would at least have merit. Instead, its all personal - its never supported by any facts of reality - its constant phantom, made up falsehoods that belong to in a children's story book.
I have no reason to hate Andy Carroll - Craig Bellamy did not cover himself with much glory when he first left here so if ther ewas anyone I would have issues with, it would be him. But he has come here and proven himself in the limited opportunities he has been given and I call a spade a spade - I am a big fan of his, because he has earned it. I personally couldn't care less about a bunch of faceless internet dolts talking ***** just because they cannot handle the truth - I will continue to call it like it is. If am wrong, I challenge anyone to provide me with real reasons why am wrong. Show me real quantifiable or justifiable proof that you are right and I am wrong. I have given my reasons above, I can give whatever stats you want from 6 goals in 18 months and almost 40 matches. The excuses are running out am afraid.
There's my case, there's my contributions, Target. This is not a lecture - just putting it out the way it is so am happy for anyone in disagreement to offer the same.
Fact is, he hasn't done fo rus what he did for Newcastle. Not even close. Production is how a striker is judged, pure and simple. My requirements are so low now I would be happy if he even looked like a dangerouns striker who scares defenses, or even concerns them. Am not even kidding, if he as doing a Torres, getting in positions to score, missing the target, hitting the post, forcing saves, doing everything except putting the ball in the back of the net, I would be happy to wait. The total anaemic, toothless lack of even being "there" is what is completely impossible to stomach. Sorry.
But you are absolutely right that Carroll is an infuriating player to watch. I really wonder what happened to him, because if he had been the player he was in the fall of 2010, i.e. the half-season before we bought him, he would have been an effective player. I do suspect that you would have objected to him anyway, however, because he is just not your type of player.
Carroll is okay and he may score 15-18 goals next season. However, he's at best a 3rd choice striker at a top club.
Can you ever imagine setting the latter stages of the CL alive? That is the calibre of player we needed to replace Torres.
Man U have a £30m plus striker on the bench and I'd rather we had Berbatov than Carroll.
I believe even if play more aesthetically pleasing football without Carroll our trouble is consistency, we need to find a winning squad and stick to it, even if that means playing Carroll with ugly football. We need to learn to win ugly if we want to get back up to the top, the difference between our loss to Arsenal and nearly every United win is astounding, they can be getting played off of the park and get 3 points, we need to find this effectiveness and if that involves Carroll, well so be it and it would be 35 million well spent.
IMO Kenny doesn't seem that big a fan of Carroll.
Carroll has not been given half the opportunity to impress that downing and henderson have had, also the service has been pants more often than not balls are over hit or played in at the wrong time, also his often the only one in the box most times making him easy to mark
This is why those of us looking at the lad with more openness have held off on judging him too quickly. We've now had almost a full season of evidence to assess and the picture, if we're basing it on honesty and not hope, is none too good. The big lad isn't good enough, or if he is, he isn't for us. Like I said, I don't doubt his work rate, his intent, or some of the valuable contributions he does make. But what he contributes STILL forces other players to extend themselves beyond what is acceptable or sustainable to the club. We didn't bring him on to be the rabbit who draws the wolves away - we brought him to be the lion that scares off the wolves.
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