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Should Andy Carroll Stay Or Go?

Thursday 12th July 2012
Andy Carroll has always been a player who has divided the critics; some believe he can potentially be England's best asset upfront for years to come, whilst others believe that he is next in a long line of club and country flops.

So should this Geordie born lad stay and fight for a place at Liverpool or go out on loan? There is no doubt that Carroll has the potential to be a great player, but since moving to Liverpool his career has taken a particular nosedive.

Carroll has gone from scoring on a regular basis for boyhood club Newcastle, to struggling to find the net for Liverpool.

The England forward's strike rate has dramatically dropped since moving to the Merseyside club, and many pundits believe the price tag put on him has caused this decline in form.

£35million is the highest amount payed for an English player, even in this period of football where prices are astronomical, and the fact has not found the form that made him such a hot property at Newcastle, has led many to believe that he was over-valued. Is it the pressure of playing for a big club, a lack of service up front, or the pressure of trying to prove he was worth the money?

Towards the end of last season, Carroll was slowly starting to win over some fans with important last minute goals in the Premier League as well as the domestic cups. Yet this has clearly not been enough to satisfy the new management as Brendan Rodgers has made it clear he is available for Loan.

The question is whether Carroll fits into Rodgers' favoured fluid passing game, although the ex-Swansea manager is not afraid to mix it up, as he knows results are key for him to settle into his new job quickly.

With a host of stars at Rodgers' disposal, is Carroll suddenly disposable? A lot of teams might come in for the striker with the favourite team West Ham rumoured to be very interested. This would make clear sense as the Liverpool forward would fit straight into Sam Allardyce's team with a style of football that would flow around the tall striker.

The only thing that might hold West Ham and other teams back is that the addition of Carroll to a team means that a certain type of football has to be played to gain the best out of the player.

Because of his height, Carroll is great at winning key battles in the air and proved invaluable for newly promoted teams scoring big goals as defenders struggle to stop him.

So what next for this promising young striker? He is off the mark for his country, but can he start banging them in on a regular basis for his club? Watch this space!
Phill Inman
I'm 23 years old and followed football all my life. Still waiting for my talent and prowess to get spotted on the pitch, until that happens I hope you enjoy reading my articles.

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