The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are eager for a few players to move to Stamford Bridge this month. The Blues are in desperate need of a few upgrades, with Antonio Conte struggling with a lack of depth at present.
A key area of concern for the Blues is the attack. Alvaro Morata is struggling somewhat, whilst Michy Batshuayi has failed to prove that he is good enough to represent the Blues. It came as no surprise, then, to learn that Chelsea had reportedly shortlisted a potential forward signing – but what did come as a surprise was the name that was touted. According to the Daily Mail, Andy Carroll is interesting the Blues, with enquiries already made on his availability.
This interest hasn’t gone down well in the Transfer Tavern amongst our resident Blues, and it’s fair to say that our landlord agrees. In truth, he thinks that Chelsea should avoid a move for Carroll, who is rated at £9 million by Transfer Markt, at all costs.
Chelsea are a top club, and given their financial backing and their recent success, they’ve been able to land top quality players. Andy Carroll is, undoubtedly, not a player that falls into that category. He hasn’t exactly been a standout player in the Premier League since leaving Newcastle, with spells at both West Ham and Liverpool not being particularly fruitful for the Englishman. On his day, he’s a real threat – of course – but that day simply doesn’t come often enough. What’s more, the one-dimensional nature of his game, with such a focus often placed on aerial dominance, makes him easy to predict and counter – particularly against top opponents.
Furthermore, his injury record speaks for itself. Over the last few years, he has spent more time on the shelf than he has on the pitch, and that should tell the Blues all they need to know. This will only get worse if he moves to Chelsea, given that they are often fighting on multiple fronts, meaning more minutes will be required of the Englishman. At 28-years-old, he’s only a major injury or two away from being useless to Chelsea.
A move in January, then, would simply be a waste of time for Chelsea, and they should look elsewhere – agreed?
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