While one of the two celebrates a magnificent new chapter in their career under a wealth of support the other currently sits out crocked, unwanted by his employers and shipped out on a rushed and mistaken loan deal. The two players in question are Emile Heskey and Andy Carroll.
Heskey has just completed a lucrative deal to play for the Newcastle Jets in the Australian A-League bringing an end to a 17-year-spell in the Premier League. The former England international has obviously caused a stir down under after the first batch of replica tops made with his name and favoured number ‘9’ emblazoned on them sold out in the first day. While he must feel loved by his current employers the same thing cannot be said for Andy Carroll.
While West Ham fans have taken to him like one of their own, despite only playing an admittedly impressive hour or so for the club during his loan spell, his employers Liverpool have been very clear about not wanting him at the club. In fact he was allowed to go when Liverpool had not even completed a deal to bring in a suitable replacement.
So are the two players one and the same?
Not only are they both the butt of many a witty or indeed rather offensive joke based mainly around their lack of potency in the goalscoring area but both seem to transcend the line between ‘unplayable’ and ‘useless’ according to the pundits and press at will.
But Emile Heskey once put this argument in a great light saying that his talent had never changed or form never differed simply the ‘perception of his talent changed’. So the way people focused on his play, in particular his better attributes is all that ever determined whether he was in form or not.
While Carroll has struggled to find the net recently, toward the end of last season the word ‘unplayable’ was banded around him a lot. When England were struggling his ‘talent’ of being strong in the air and a goal threat suddenly became beneficial. Whereas when we were hoping for more, like we are now, many do not see a place for Carroll in the England side.
So are the two players simply getting a bad rep?
At West Ham it seems his talent is perceived as highly important whereas at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers it isn’t.
So, handful or carthorse?
Is Andy Carroll the new Emile Heskey?
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