Since Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool last month, everyone knew that their footballing style will change to the more possession-dominated style he had emulated at Swansea. The truth is, the current crop of Liverpool players probably aren’t the complete article with respect to ‘tika-taka’ football, but it’s a work in progress. However one man sticks out like a sore thumb – Andy Carroll.
It was a tough day for Newcastle United fans (myself included) when Carroll left the North East to join Kenny Dalglish’s supposed revolution at the Kop. A number 9 is much heralded in these parts, even more so when the holder of the shirt is a Geordie born and bred, and to see him leave under suspicious circumstances hurt even more. To delve into whether he was pushed or not is a story for another day – and probably will never be clarified.
Now, 18 months on rumours are rife that Carroll is set to leave Anfield after Rodgers decided he was not the ideal frontman in his newfound footballing ways – instead opting for new signing Borini. It was always going to be unlikely that Rodgers would prefer lampooning the ball towards the head of Carroll and play direct football, but what isn’t mentioned is he’s not a bad player with his feet, he just hasn’t been given the opportunity to show it. All in all, Andy Carroll has been allowed to leave, with his former club Newcastle United being front-runners in the race to sign him.
Now, if this does come through and Andy Carroll returns home, it would provide a masterstroke for Mike Ashley and co. having taken £35 million from John Henry and friends, a return to St James Park for a minimized fee would see the Anfield club take a massive financial hit. But the Liverpool board may want to cut their losses right now – possibly an indication to their faith in Rodgers regardless of this seasons performances.
As a fan, I’m pretty impartial to the so-called ‘homecoming’ of Andy Carroll. Regardless of what happened in January 2011, he could have refused a contract at Liverpool and opted to stay despite the supposed pushing of the Newcastle board. On the other hand, I will always support anyone who wears the black and white shirt, whether it be Titus Bramble or Yohan Cabaye – and Andy Carroll at the top of his game is an extremely attractive proposition for us, particular with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the ranks.
So, could this be a big welcome home for ‘Wor’ Andy Carroll? Possibly – but either way, it’s never dull on Tyneside.
- Carroll plans Rodgers blast before quitting Liverpool for Newcastle homecoming (tribalfootball.com)
- Toon return? Newcastle move to bring £17m Andy Carroll back to Tyneside (mirror.co.uk)
- Newcastle United in Loan Move for Andy Carroll (howaythetoon.co.uk)