Is This Andy Carrroll’s £7.5M Replacement?

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is scouting Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu reports The Mirror.

The Spain Under-19 striker has interested Liverpool enough that they are looking to sign the starlet on a permanent deal.  However the article also reports that QPR manager Mark Hughes is also tracking the young striker, but with a view to a loan move rather than on a permanent basis.

New Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is undecided as to whether Deulofeu has a future at Camp Nou and thus it is thought that a loan deal would be more likely, enabling him to progress with a taste of first team football.  This obviously leaves QPR as the more likely destination.

Liverpool have nevertheless been undeterred and have reportedly tabled an alleged bid of £7.5 million for the player.

All these reports linking Liverpool with strikers must be an indication that Rodgers is planning to offload Andy Carroll, despite what he has been saying in the media.  From the moment Brendan took the reigns at Anfield many questioned how Carroll would fit in to the passing style Rodgers is planning to bring to the Merseyside club.  On the BBC News website Rodgers is quoted as saying:

“He (Carroll) is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him (for people) to say he couldn’t fit into the way I would want to play.”

I for one am in complete agreement with this statement.  At the end of the day a strikers job is to score goals and Carroll has a natural gift for this.  It goes without saying that he had a slow start at Liverpool but his form at the end of the season and during the Euro’s seemed good, despite limited opportunities.  He is not a flair player but he has got a good touch, can hold up the ball and most importantly can score goals.

It is not like he plays in the middle of the park where his limited technical skills would obviously be a hindrance in a flowing style of play.  Let others bring the creativity, but I for one would want a striker with the ability of a confident Carroll on the end of a move to tuck the ball away.

Especially above a inexperienced youngster who is unproven in the Premiership and has played predominantly in the Barcelona second team, apart from a handful of friendlies.

I believe confidence has been the issue with Carroll at the start of his Liverpool career and after he got his first few goals under his belt his confidence, along with the quality of his performances grew.

But what effect on his confidence will Rodgers’ stance in publicly saying that he believes Carroll could do a job next season at Anfield on one hand, yet on the other being quoted as saying he is for sale if the offer is over £20m?  Seems like mixed messages to me.

After all the talk I believe Carroll will end up leaving Liverpool before the end of the season, whether it be on loan or a permanent deal.  Whichever way he leaves it seems it will be costly to Liverpool as the money they invested in him they are unlikely to see again.  I do believe also that wherever he does end up he will score goals and I would not be surprised to see him in the top of the scoring charts next season.

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