Andy Carroll. The mercurial beastly talent. Often misunderstood but more often or not overrated.
Until it seems the end of the season is in sight.
Last season Carroll tiled for large parts at Anfield. Struggling to live up to his massive price-tag he never really won over the Liverpool faithful until the final few months of the season.
All of a sudden Carroll was a man possessed. Described as unplayable in several games in the final weeks of the season he was almost the man who won them the FA Cup with his performance against Chelsea at Wembley.
Sure he wasn’t Brendan Rodgers cup of tea but his end of season form earned him a place in the England team for Euro 2012.
This season he joined up with West Ham on loan and working with Sam Allardyce and that seemed a perfect combination for the lad.
However after an impressive debut showing against Fulham he got injured in the same game and spent most of his time this season on the treatment table rather than the football field. It’s true what they say. Big tree falls hard.
But as he showed in the game against West Brom with two sensational if not very different goals he is coming back into form for the end of the campaign.
My only theory is pressure.
Liverpool have slapped a whopping price tag on the head of the Geordie and if he wants to find himself a team for next season he needs to produce performances worthy of such an asking price.
Carroll certainly does not want to be sitting on the bench next season; and while originally it seemed The Hammers would definitely be making this deal permanent in the summer that rhetoric has been diluted in recent weeks.
Last season the pressure was to convince Roy Hodgson he deserved a place in the England team; and that he did. More performances like that at Upton Park this weekend and he will again be ready to prove his point once more.
Do you think Andy Carroll can earn himself a move with invigorated form?
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