Both the BBC and Sky Sports News are reporting that Newcastle United have sensationally lodged a loan move for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll. Carroll’s £35 million move to Liverpool can only be described as unspectacular to say the least, and there’s only one club who benefitted from that transfer (hint: it isn’t Liverpool). Carroll clearly doesn’t fit into Brendan Rodger’s vision for the way he wants Liverpool to play, and is listening to offers for his big target man.
If this story is true, and the links we mentioned above are pretty adamant that is is, then surely our move for FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong is now severely in doubt. However, Newcastle’s supposed loan move for the 6 foot 3″ striker also includes a clause with an option to buy, but what would Liverpool consider a reasonable fee? They’d have to take a huge loss on the player if they want to shift him on, and Mike Ashley is unlikely to pay anywhere close to £15 million for a player he sold for £35 million. Is the big lad even worth £10 million?
Andy would also have some work on to convince the Newcastle fans that he’s improved as a player during his time as a red. We’ve all seen the highlights from last season and Carroll’s form was disastrous really. But, would he flourish in a Newcastle side that has changed a lot since he was at St. James’s? Or would he cause more trouble than he’s worth? (which isn’t a lot) He would no longer be the main man, would definitely not get the Number 9 shirt, and probably wouldn’t start every single game.
This may be a situation where we simply have to trust that Pardew can work his magic with Andy Carroll just like he’s done with Ben Arfa, and to a lesser extent Demba Ba. Who knows where this one’s going to end up…