So everyone was full of it yesterday. Perhaps the most significant item was a list published in many of the papers of the top ten most expensive transfers. Behind Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Kaka we now have Torres but in eighth place we’ve Andy Carroll just behind Zinedine Zidane, and Crespo and in front of David Villa, no disrespect but gosh really!
I still can’t get my head round that we paid so much for Carroll. I guess there is a difference between “cost” and “value” also I seem to recall when we bought Torres people were saying the same thing, including me (click here for archive article).
Carroll is 22 so if he is still with us when he reaches his peak (widely held to be around 28 years of age) £35m will probably be nothing if football continues the way it is going? I would also guess that if Carroll is still with when he is 28 he will been doing the business for us so regardless of his value then we will be getting a good return on our outlay?
I am more at ease with the £50m for Torres but no so with the manner his departure. I think the main thing is the difference between the Torres of the first two to three seasons with us and the version that departed from us. I guess in some way I feel taken in or let down. I am realistic, players will leave but I thought Torres was a model pro, an example on and off the field in the way he played the game and the way he conducted himself, he was also bloody good! However, contrast this with the moody, sullen unprofessionalism we’ve seen this season. On his wages you should always give 100% regardless of the circumstances but by stomping around and sulking like some spoilt brat he was insulting the club and the fans. Yes he played well enough to get us a healthy return on our investment and if he continues with this petulant manner he should fit perfectly into the Chelsea set up!
On top of this neither Carroll nor Torres attempted to play a straight bat and with their comments yesterday managing to offend at least one or more sets of fans. Andy Carroll, probably with half and eye on everyone’s reaction when he returns home to see his folks, adopted a “it wasn’t me they made me leave” approach of course Newcastle, also mindful of the local reaction, denied this!
Torres in keeping with his new found spitefulness neglected to say a word about his time with Liverpool. Was it that bad, was he treated so badly and did he learn nothing? Instead he chooses to laud Chelsea.
…after this, there are no more steps forward. This is the top level. The target for every footballer is to try and play at one of the top-level clubs in the world, and I can do it now. I have to be very, very happy as I am. The last three or four days have been very hard for me, especially after everything I have lived in Liverpool.”
Be careful what you wish for Fernando and, unlike you, I’ll have some manners and respect and say thanks for all the good times you gave us.
Now that the dust is preparing to settle perhaps we have good reason to be pleased? In signing Suarez and Carroll we have lowered the age of the squad and have more options up front if only because we have acquired two strikers though selling one! I’m excited and intrigued to see how Carroll and Suarez will work together, they are not two peas in the same pod so they should give defenders a hell of a lot to think about. Financially of course this has cost us virtually nothing with both deals being funded from the Torres and Babel sales.
Sadly we will have to wait a while before we see both players in action. Suarez looks set to play against Stoke tonight but Carroll’s thigh rules him out for a few more weeks. The corresponding game, with saw Stoke win 2-0, was a shocker and one hopes we are now a long way from that sort of performance now?
Despite that everyone will be aware that we were a tad fortunate in the last game against Fulham. Time to ensure we make the most of the chances and keep the opposition’s to a minimum. The latter point may sound daft on the back of two consecutive clean sheets however, both Wolves and Fulham were given too many chances and it wasn’t just good defending that kept them at bay we had some luck which of course we can’t expect to fall our way every game.
Prediction? With Sunderland losing last night we have a change to take closer order to sixth place and this, together with that game and lining up against that man next Sunday, should be motivation enough to see us through? 2-0 to us.