Ah, career ruining transfer– a tragic but juicy topic.
When football fans meet and discuss fabled tales of players who were once electrifying world-beating talents before degenerating into glorified Sunday League lumps, they’ll often ponder over the likes of Fernando Torres, Alan Smith, Andriy Shevchenko, Sean Wright-Phillips and, of course, Andy Carroll, who moved from Newcastle United to Liverpool in 2011 (as per BBC Sport)
Premier League legend Alan Shearer, a man who knows a little bit about scoring goals, was in shock when he heard the news that Andy Carroll, relative minnow, was about to make a big money move to Liverpool. Which is just about how everybody else felt at the time.
“I’m staggered just like the rest of Newcastle fans,” he’s quoted saying by BBC Sport. “It’s an incredible amount of money, you have to say that, for a guy who’s scored – what is it? – 14 goals and had half a season in the Premier League.”
The experience was predictably a dull one with the Englishman making just 44 league appearances for the Reds scoring a paltry six goals in the process and quite rightly earning himself a place on just about everyone’s mental list for worst signings ever.
Carroll likely isn’t the only party to regret his move to Anfield. After all, Liverpool were the ones forking out an estimated £35 million to unleash his one-dimensional drivel onto their already downtrodden fan base (BBC Sport); the boardroom were the ones who had to watch their wasted money lumping its way around the pitch like a lost and confused elephant; supporters had to watch it happen.
Sadly for the former Newcastle United man, his prospects never really improved after leaving Liverpool, and where a 2013 move to West Ham should have been an opportunity to revive his waning career, it has simply compounded his descent into obscurity. Indeed, regular injury spells have seriously hindered any shot at consistency, and the 453’ minutes he’s played this campaign could well be the last for the club, with serious doubts emerging over the clubs intention to renew his contract following the tell-tale news that he’s recently listed his Essex property (via talkSport).
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