Andy Carroll has had an eventful year or so. He has gone from announcing himself on the Premier League stage with Newcastle, securing a massive move to Liverpool and then scoring for England in a major tournament. Why then is his Anfield future up in the air?
Let’s back track for a bit before we discuss this. Perhaps for the benefit for people that prefer no deposit mobile casinos for mobile phones.
Carroll struggled at Liverpool when he first moved there, no doubt about it. This was perhaps due to the pressure of a £35m price tag and the fact that Liverpool didn’t exactly build a team around his strengths.
Towards the end of the campaign though, he came strong. He showed everyone, once again, what all the fuss was about. Becoming more and more of a nuisance for defenders, he scored some important goals for Liverpool including the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton.
This earned him a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad and Carroll did well in Poland and Ukraine with the chances he had. Scoring an important goal against Sweden, he attracted plenty of attention from pundits and clubs outside England.
Now we are basically caught up, it is time to move on to his Liverpool future. Fresh from Euro 2012, it was reported that AC Milan were interested in securing his signature, perhaps on a temporary basis.
Asked about this rumour, it was up to new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to quash them. To tell Carroll – one of the best young strikers in England – that he was at Liverpool for the long haul and a massive part of his plans.
Instead, he hinted that a loan deal could happen, said speculation was normal and in truth probably left Carroll thinking ‘great, cheers boss’. This is why it is the beginning of the end for Carroll at Anfield.
First of all, he could leave on a count of the fact that Rodgers doesn’t see him fitting into his style of play. Then, even if he does keep him, Carroll now knows that Rodgers was at least entertaining the idea of letting him go.
As was proved last season, Carroll is a confidence player and he would arguably start the season on the back foot in this sense. Rodgers had the chance to have Carroll in an excellent frame of mind for the new season and he wasted it.
Remember, this is a 23-year-old England striker that has just performed well in a major tournament and has shown in the past to be more than capable of scoring goals in the Premier League.
Smart move Brendan.