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Why a mad summer of transfers has lifted the pressure from Andy Carroll

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


If you have been following the summer of transfer dealings so far, you will know that there is plenty of money changing hands. Some deals are not completed quite yet, but as well as the ones that have gone through, the price tags of some players has surprised many.

There are a few examples. England Under-21 international Jordan Henderson has moved to Liverpool for £20m, Connor Wickham has gone to Sunderland for £12m and England international Ashley Young has completed a £15m move to Manchester United.

This is just three deals for English players and the spending has reached £47m. Quite incredible when you think of it like that isn’t it? Speaking of incredible, it was reported that Stoke City offered £16m to secure the signatures of Birmingham’s Cameron Jerome and Scott Dann.

Where am I going with this I hear you ask. Well, as well as pointing out the amount of money being spent by English clubs this summer, it got me to thinking about another recent expensive transfer.

Football betting pundits will tell you how Andy Carroll moved to Liverpool in January for £35m. This was a lot of money of course, but when put with the transfers going through this summer, it fits quite nicely.

This means that the pressure of being the big money new signing will be lifted somewhat on Carroll in the new season.

Of course he will be expected to perform, but with plenty of other intriguing transfers going through – not least Carroll’s new team-mate Henderson – not all eyes will be on the former Newcastle striker.

Combine this with the fact that the Liverpool crowd took to their new striker straight away last season and it looks good for Carroll to have a very productive first season at Anfield. In fact, let’s go as far to say that it will be the season where he really shows everyone what he can do.

He has all of the attributes to be one of England’s leading strikers and now he has the club, the team-mates, the manager and the atmosphere to succeed.

It is all there for him and with the pressure off slightly following his big-money move, Liverpool could really start to see some reward for their ambitious January signing and one of my many football bets might be for him to hit the 20-goal mark before the season is out.

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