You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. The curious case of Andy Carroll rumbles on. After spending some serious quality time with West Ham’s physio department it appears that West Ham would like to return him – in arguably better condition than they received him.
Carroll has managed to get himself sober and ‘fit’ enough to make some key appearances for the Hammers, but they’ve been so far and few between Big Sam has thought better of keeping Carroll as he tries to save his own job.
Not wanting to disrupt his current run of form – scoring in the last game – Big Sam has said he wants the big lad to stay, but can’t afford him. Despite Liverpool putting a half off sticker prominently on his forehead, West Ham don’t appear to be too willing to pay £17M for him, but do want him to score a few more goals before the season is out. Best that Allardyce makes Carroll feel warm and fuzzy about him before shipping him back.
What does this mean for Carroll? For all of us? Well it emerged yesterday that Carroll ‘could’ find a place at Liverpool. What the papers really mean is, West Ham don’t want him, and Liverpool are going to struggle to find anywhere to ship him to. After spending that much money on damaged goods, Liverpool want to come out of this with a little dignity. And by dignity, they really mean some cash.
It all comes down to Rodgers and / or the gullibility of any other team to think they can get Carroll back to the point that the press start booking him a ticket to Rio. Remember when he oozed potential? And by oozed, we mean showed moments of ability to score, or at least just be bigger than everyone else in the box so he seemed intimidating.
With all this talk of Carroll’s future, it’s not surprising that rumours of an actual return home have crept into the papers like that smell that you can’t find the source of, but just won’t go away. Although Pardew and Rodgers have seemingly made up, Rodgers will try and get one over on his Newcastle counterpart as he thinks that taking Ben Arfa off his hands would be like doing -them- a favour.
Although Newcastle pushed hard for Carroll to return over the summer, it’s unlikely they want him back that bad and, besides, Rodgers had made a swift U-turn and denied any interest in the Frenchman.
“The thing I’ve learnt about Liverpool is that, just because of the sheer size of the club, there are players linked with us all the time.
“As a manager, you are just trying to focus on the group you have got and then we will review anything at the end of the season, in terms of players coming in. There’s no doubt we want to strengthen but there’s certainly no names out there,” explained the Liverpool manager to talkSPORT this morning.
Expect a few more weeks of ‘I don’t want him. You take him’ before Carroll’s future is settled.