Is This Andy Carroll’s New Club? … Surely Not…

In what would be a surprise move, Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has admitted his interest in former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.

The Liverpool striker is being touted for a move away from Anfield after new manager Brendan Rodgers said he would listen to offers for the 23 year old.

Carroll has been something of a failure since his much publicised £35m move from Newcastle in January 2011. Having scored just 11 goals in 56 games for the Merseyside outfit, Carroll has been branded a flop and may find games even harder to come by after Liverpool snapped up Roma striker Fabio Borini.

Former club Newcastle and recently promoted West Ham have been strongly linked with the England international, but only on loan deals – an Rodgers has said that if Carroll was to leave the club, it would have to be permanently.

It’s somewhat surprising because Carroll’s form improved immensely towards the end of last season, so much so that he earned himself a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad where he bagged the opener in England’s 3-2 win over Sweden with a superb header. It was seen as the turnaround in Carroll’s fortunes ahead of the 2012/13 season.

But the change of regime at Anfield doesn’t suit Carroll – Rodgers likes his teams to play attractive football and keep the ball on the deck, whereas Carroll likes to challenge for the ball in the air and use his aerial prowess. I personally hope Liverpool give Carroll another chance because he’s shown, in flashes, that he can be a good player.

As for Sunderland, they’re looking for strikers having sold Asamoah Gyan and returned Nicklas Bendtner to Arsenal after his loan spell ended on Wearside. As Carroll grew up as a Newcastle fan, I can’t see any way that he would turn his back on Liverpool and betray his boyhood club to go to Sunderland – and that’s before we even start on the financial implications of such a move, as Liverpool have reportedly set a price tag of £15m for Carroll – I highly doubt Sunderland could afford that right now.

This move is a complete non-starter for me, but don’t be surprised to see Carroll plying his trade away from Liverpool in the coming season.

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