West Ham are sending Andy Carroll back to Liverpool this summer, which means they need to find a buyer for him quickly.
Andy Carroll will be returning to Anfield, which is a piece of news that some Liverpool fans would have been dreading.
Various online media reports have suggested that Liverpool are looking for a fee of between £12 million and £17 million for the striker, which is something West Ham are not willing to spend. Either way Liverpool would be better off without him.
Carroll does not fit into the style of football Brendan Rodgers is trying to play in any way. He’s a big, target man sort of player which is not where Liverpool seem to be heading. They are a touch, pass and movement sort of team which are not Carroll’s main attributes.
Carroll is likely to fall back on a very cushy contract when he returns to Anfield, which was part of the £35 million deal when they signed him in the first place. This will create problems as Liverpool are trying to scale down contracts and offer more performance related bonuses.
Brendan Rodgers has made it very clear that he does not want Carroll in his team. If they don’t more him on, Carroll will be sitting on the bench or playing in the reserves. He won’t be happy about that which creates unrest and unrest has the ability to spread throughout a squad.
His stats this season at West Ham have not been great by any means, which destroys the value in retaining him. Three goals in 17 Premier League appearances is not the sort of ratio Liverpool need from attacking players, as they try to drive forward over the next couple of seasons.
Carroll has had three knee injuries since the start of the 2010/2011 season, which suggests he has a recurring problem in that area. He’s also had a hamstring problem this season. In short, he’s becoming injury prone which is another reason for Liverpool to get rid of him.
Liverpool fans, do you want him back or to sell him on?
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