This transfer saga has filled the summer for many a tabloid newspaper and following repeated denials by Brendan Rodgers and others at Anfield that Carroll was ‘an important member of the squad, very much involved, can’t play all your best players every week, blah blah blah’ – the truth is now out.
In this transfer window poker game, Rodgers has not only been the first one to blink but has dropped his cards and let everybody clearly see his hand. I can imagine Mike Ashley absolutely loving this, if he is willing to back Alan Pardew in signing Carroll then Rodgers admission is hardly going to make Newcastle move towards Liverpool’s valuation.
This is what the two managers have had to say when asked about Carroll in the build up to their respective Europa League matches:
“I don’t think we’re in a position to have £35m players as third choice forwards. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Andy (Carroll) has been a cover player for Liverpool in our opening two matches”.
“I’ve always said it’s not really down to me. Would I want him in the Newcastle squad? Then of course I would, as would just about every other manager in the Premier League. Can the business deal be done? That’s nothing to do with me”.
I think Carroll’s position at Liverpool is impossible as his manager has made clear he doesn’t want him, if Ashley is prepared to pay a realistic fee then I can see the player back on Tyneside but surely a loan deal is out of the question – particularly as the scousers must see Newcastle as one of the teams they have to try and finish above this season.
I think though if Newcastle/Ashley continue to refuse to offer a permanent deal then I could see Carroll feeling he has no alternative but to go to West Ham, probably on some kind of initial loan with a view to being permanent.
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