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Should Newcastle Sign Darren Bent Or Andy Carroll, Or Both….?

7 years ago
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It was a moment in football history that many fans won’t forget, where were you when you found out that Liverpool had paid £35m for Andy Carroll?

A player who had made only 33 Premier League appearances and scored 14 top level goals, more than a £1m a PL match or over £2m a goal, depending on how you look at it.

Carroll though did have youth on his side and at only 22 had his whole career in front of him and recently won his first cap for England.

What does seem to get forgotten is that Aston Villa paid an astronomical £24m for Bent in the very same January transfer window as Carroll moved.

A very good goals record but at 27 Bent wasn’t going to improve and any resale value would be a fraction of what Villa paid,as is being proved today.

To think that the best part of £60m was paid for these two players and for some time it has been clear that neither club wants them, surely a clear sign of the madness that exists in English football – and that comes before you take the wages into account.

Personally, I think the Darren Bent transfer was more disastrous because with Liverpool’s profile they are always capable of generating massive amounts of money commercially, far in excess of Villa.

Two questions – which of the 2 strikers would you take to Newcastle (or both?) and which was the biggest transfer disaster of the January 2011 transfer window….we’ll leave Fernando Torres for another day!

 

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