Why Brendan Rodgers Must Resist & Not Cash In On Andy Carroll
In perhaps the first surprising transfer revalation of this summer, Andy Carroll has suitors on the continent.
The Daily Mail reports that the England striker has a fan in Pier Silvio Berlusconi, son of former Italian president and AC Milan owner, who has expressed his desire to bring the striker to Milan.
The Rossoneri possess a squad with many players in the autumn of their careers. Rino Gattuso, Mark Van Bommel and Clarence Seedorf have all followed Andrea Pirlo out of the San Siro this summer, with Milan now turning their attention on revamping their strikeforce.
Despite their pedrigee, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano aren’t getting any younger. Berlusconi sees Carroll as the ideal targetman to rejuventate his aging offence.
Is this the right deal for Liverpool? Carroll received his fair share of criticism for some of his performances last season, mainly due to the astronomical price paid by the Reds to lure the striker from Newcastle. Many would argue that recuperating some of Carroll’s fee would be beneficial for the team as Brendan Rodgers stamps his authority on this Liverpool side, whilst offloading a player that did not perform to expectations in his first full season at Anfield.
However selling Carroll now would be ridiculous for Liverpool. True the striker started slowly last year and has only scored 6 goals in 42 appearances for the club. Yet the striker clearly progressed towards the end of the season, enough to merit a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad. The former Newcastle player is an obvious threat in the air, yet has continue to develop his talents with the ball and was not only a key player in set pieces for the Three Lions but also at holding up the ball.
Carroll simply has too much upside to consider selling him now. Towards the end of his season, the relationship between the number 9 and Luis Suarez seemed to grow stronger and will only continue to develop throughout the summer. He may not automatically fit into Brendan Rodgers’ free-flowing football philosophy, yet Carroll’s talents are simply too many to immediately discard him.
There’s also the question of how much Liverpool could recuperate if they sold the striker. Carroll was sold for what everyone would consider a ridiculously inflated price after the Fernando Torres’ transfer. Whether Liverpool would get a significant portion of that fee back is extremely questionable.
There has been an increasing pattern in the Premier League of recent that if something doesn’t immediately work, get rid of it and find something else. Whilst this may be the Abramovich mentality, its important that it not seep into every Premier League club.
Carroll has potential, there’s no doubt about that. At the minute, the easy option for Rodgers’ would be to sell his number 9 and use the funds to continue to build. Yet if he gives the Geordie striker a chance, then Liverpool may just find that their £35 million man pays off.