Should Rodgers Give Carroll at least a Pre-Season at Liverpool?
With Andy Carroll finally finding his feet both for Liverpool and England, I find it puzzling that this is the time that we are going to flog him away to some other club on loan.
According to reports, he might not even get the pre-season to fully showcase himself to Brendan Rodgers this summer, with him potentially moving to another club before he flies off to Boston come next week.
First of all, I understand why Rodgers might have the notion that Andy Carroll will not fit in with Liverpool’s system. That one is perfectly understandable. He’s big, he isn’t that skillful, and the Tiki-Taka is one that really doesn’t involve much crossing into the box to utilize that aerial ability of his. That is perfectly understandable, considering that the Tiki-Taka and Andy Carroll isn’t exactly a match made in heaven.
But, I think that Carroll should at least be given pre-season to perhaps try and fend off these doubts, that he can play in such a system, or even help Rodgers understand that he is important enough to keep and perhaps alter the tactic slightly (i.e. get more crosses into the box).
Borini is also going on the pre-season tour at about the same time, so it might be good to test if they can strike an understanding.
What I’m saying that is if he looks as a potent enough of a threat, it won’t hurt keeping him at Anfield, whilst if he does terribly and Rodgers sees absolutely no hope in the Englishman, then we can assess the options and consider selling and loaning him out. No problem whatsoever there.
I just think that it would be utterly unfair if we flog the lanky Englishman before he is given a proper oppourtunity to show what he is really made off.
Ideally, depth is important, and Carroll also adds that ‘different’ option up front, a more physical and powerful number 9 type of striker. If he can properly utilize all this, he would be great at dragging markers away from his teammates and then finding that extra space for his teammates to exploit.
Furthermore, his scoring reputation is clear for everyone to see. For him to get more goals, he just needs to be that bit quicker and get in those spaces in and around the box more, rather than go back and help with the passing.
He should also stick to pressing duties that the striker role already demands, closing defenders down when he can. This way, he doesn’t need to sprint up half the length of the pitch to get that one header.
That’s it from me today, leave your thoughts and comments in the comments section below!