Since Dalglish’s unceremonious exit from The Kop, Georgie target-man Andy Carroll’s future has been in uncertain jeopardy. Not quite so played out (and not quite so important) as the Modric or Van Persie saga, the Carroll Chronicle could well become a key prospect in the Fantasy Football scene.
Brendan Rogers was known for his infallible attacking style whilst he was at Swansea. His management style was centred around pace and passing, quick and zippy lines fed in and around the attacking third. Now that he’s come to try his hand at Liverpool, what’s there to say that he’s going to change his game plan after getting Swansea to a respectable 11th finish last season? His Premier League new-boys finished only three places shy of the misfiring Merseysiders. A return to form for Luis Suarez and new signing Fabio Borini keen to impress leaves little room for the lofty northerner to feature.
A season-long loan to Newcastle was the first we heard of a possible switch, but how much game time can Carroll expect to find amongst the fearsome trident of Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa? Rogers moved quickly to quell the idea of any loan move, saying he was willing to ‘listen’ to any permanent offers. West Ham have then stepped up to the mark with a £2m loan fee, with a view to buy for £15m.
If I was Rogers, I would be snapping that offer out of Big Sam’s hand before he could change his mind. It conveniently matches Rogers’ valuation for his former player and soon-to-be transfer target Joe Allen. Despite it being a painful £20m loss overall, I can’t see them making £15m for him in the future unless he has an extraordinary second season in front of The Kop. Is that likely?
Here’s a reminder of what he can do (Warning – You might want to mute it before beginning.):
Currently valued at £8.5m in the Fantasy Premier League, I can’t imagine he’s in many squads. Lack of game time, poor form and an undoubted knock in confidence renders him poor value for money (especially considering the prolific boots of Ba and Jelavic ask the same price or less.) However, if he is shipped out to The Hammers, he could become a logical choice. Here’s why.
West Ham should have enough pedigree in their players and manager to ensure that they’ll be a fighting force in their coming promotion. Known long-ball pundits, Carroll could be a perfect front man, if not a fearsome strike partner to Cole or a head to look to for creative Ricardo Vaz Tê. Carroll’s hold-up play has never been lacking and he has always been at his best when fed from downfield. Think about his extraordinary header at the Euros and you’ll see that he has the talent; it just needs to be tapped somehow.
Dalglish was still dreaming of the 80s when he signed Carroll, he was never going to fit the modern Merseysiders. As much as we know it won’t work, the stubborn Northerner refuses to let go of his dream move and has indicated that he will reluctantly accept a loan move, if it helps him vie for a first time position at The Kop. If he is loaned out then be assured that every week of game time he gets, he’ll be directly auditioning to Rogers for a return to the 2013/14 squad.
My final say? At £8.5m, there are better options for your fantasy premier league squad. But keep a close eye on those transfer markets; at a different club the bulwark might come a bargain.
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