This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Andy Carroll was a striker full of confidence playing for Newcastle United before his £36.9 million move to Liverpool on a rather hectic transfer deadline day in January 2011, which also saw now FC Barcelona ace Luis Suarez move to Anfield from Ajax for £23.85 million and Fernando Torres moving perhaps controversially to Premier League rivals Chelsea for £52.65 million.
Should Carroll have left Newcastle for Liverpool?
The 31-year old had scored a relatively impressive 11 goals and made a further seven assists in 19 games in the top flight at St. James’ Park in the 2010/11 season, according to Transfermarkt.
His market value peaked at a mere £2.25 million before his switch to the Reds, so the whopping transfer fee that the Tyneside club received for him was already looking like a great piece of business.
Indeed, the Magpies arguably did not miss Carroll that campaign as they finished in a respectable 12th place in England’s highest division on 46 points (via Football Database).
However, his career seemingly went downhill since he left the North East. In the same term, Carroll was nowhere near as prolific, scoring just twice in nine matches in all competitions for LFC, as per Transfermarkt.
In a total of 58 appearances across three consecutive seasons for Liverpool, the English international scored just 11 times and provided six assists (per the website).
His market value peaked at £18 million, but this is still over half of what the Toon originally sold him for, which was looking even more so like great business.
It did not get much better at West Ham United, as Carroll netted 34 times and produced 17 assists in 126 games in all competitions across seven consecutive campaigns with the Hammers, according to Transfermarkt. Added to that he had a torrid time with injuries in London, missing a whopping 151 games due to various issues.
The striker is now back at his boyhood club, but is yet to score in 21 games in all competitions, as per the website.
Given the extortionate fee that they got for him, combined with just how much his career has gone downhill since his move, selling Carroll is arguably the greatest bit of business of all time that NUFC have done.
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