Newcastle United have sold star striker, Andy Carroll, to Liverpool for £35m on the last day of the transfer window.
The 22-year old claimed he was “forced out,” of Newcastle United and “never wanted to leave,”
Nevertheless Liverpool have made a great capture. Maybe they paid a bit too much for a relatively unproven and unexperienced striker, but hopefully the vision of Kenny Dalglish will prevail on a day that they also bought Ajax striker Luis Suarez for £23.5m.
Considering Carroll has only ever made one full-international appearance, £35m seems a lot for the Gateshead-born youngster. On the other hand, Carroll has netted 11 Premier League goals this season in only 19 appearances.
Last season, Carroll finished the year high on the list of the Championship’s top goalscorers with 17 goals to his name.
Carroll made his Newcastle United debut on 2nd November 2006 in a Uefa Cup match against Palermo. Carroll became the youngest ever Newcastle United player to appear in Europe at the age of 17 years and 300 days.
Since then, Carroll has played in 103 games in his career, including an 11-game loan spell with Preston North End, in which the striker made 11 appearances but only scored once.
Carroll, much likened to Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson on the field, has a slight “Joey Barton” reputation off the field, having been involved in several incidents.
On 14 September 2008, Carroll was arrested by police in Newcastle responding to a report that a woman had been assaulted, and later accepted a police caution for assault.
On 7 December 2009, he was arrested in the aftermath of a nightclub fight, again in Newcastle, accused of smashing glass in a man’s face. He was charged with assault and in October 2010 he pleaded guilty to common assault and was fined £1,000. He was also ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.
He was also involved in an incident on the training ground which allegedly left teammate Steven Taylor with a broken jaw though no charges were filed according to police. Carroll reportedly suffered a broken hand in the incident, and he was shortly photographed in a pop concert with bandages to both hands.
Whilst on international duty, Carroll and two teammates were sent home from the England Under 19s squad for breaking curfew.
Carroll has most recently been in trouble for a training ground brawl with Charles N’Zogbia over a late tackle from the Frenchman, although no punishment was taken.
Carroll’s astonishing price tag should definitely see him called up for many more international games in the future. But an ideal replacement for Fernando Torres? I doubt it, but potentially in years to come Andy Carroll can step up to fill the boots of Liverpool’s number 9.