Spot the odd one out… Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaka, Fernando Torres, Zinedine Zindane, Luis Figo, Hernan Crespo, Andy Carroll.
Only one of those has never played in a World Cup or even scored an international goal. In fact, Andy Carroll only has 72 minutes of international football experience under his belt, that being in a friendly versus France in November 2010. Andy Carroll has yet to taste Champions League or Europa League action, although he is likely to play in the latter with Liverpool still in the competition.
The list I started this blog off with is of the eight most-expensive transfers of all time after Andy Carroll became the third-highest English transfer record fee today when Liverpool splashed out £35,000,000 on the Newcastle number 9. Carlos Tevez’s record was broken today with the sale of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea for £50,000,000.
Andy Carroll’s Record
With only 33 Premier League games under his belt (14 goals), it can be deemed somewhat of a panic buy from Liverpool, despite the sale of Torres. While he is still young and with bags of potential, the amount of pressure on his shoulders will be enormous given the poor league position Liverpool find themselves in. Without putting pressure on him myself, Juan Sebastian Veron, Andriy Shevchenko and Robinho all went for similar fees to the Premier League and failed to make an impact. However, I am confident Carroll will fair better!
Worth more than David Villa?
It was only last summer that proven regular goalscorer, Euro 2008 and joint World Cup 2010 Golden Boot winner David Villa moved to Barcelona for £33,000,000. Villa has scored 14 goals in 20 La Liga starts so far this season, Barcelona winning 19 of those games. I’m wondering if Liverpool will need to also bring in Joey Barton from Newcastle, given he has been the provider of 5 of Carroll’s 11 league goals so far this season.
Charlie Adam only 1/9th as good?
This transfer may infuriate Ian Holloway, given Liverpool initially bid just £4,000,000 for his star player, Charlie Adam.
How does this compare to Arsene Wenger?
Arsenal paid less for Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Marouane Chamakh, Alex Song, Samir Nasri and even Theo Walcott combined!
Liverpool on the up?
Still, Liverpool are moving in the right direction. I believe the money they got for Fernando Torres was a great deal. Regardless of his capabilities of being one of the best players in the world on his day, he has been too injury prone in recent seasons and has seemingly grown frustrated (and argumentative) up front. Chelsea host Liverpool this Sunday, February 6th.
In saying Liverpool are moving in the right direction, they also completed the transfer of Luis Suarez from Ajax today. A good replacement for Torres in the number of free kicks he is capable of winning from diving. In fact, I’d expect him to top the table in that statistic by the end of the season, even if the rest of the league has a half season head start.
Luis Suarez: Talented
A fiery player, Luis Suarez shone at the last World Cup, scoring 3 goals in the World Cup, including the winners versus Mexico and South Korea. He will be remembered most in that tournament for his goal line handball against Ghana in the quarter final that ultimately cost Ghana becoming the first African nation to qualify for the last four (with help from Asamoah Gyan’s missed penalty). A great set piece taker, who is talented in possession of the ball. He scored 35 league goals last season in the run up to the World Cup. I guess that means he’s following in the footsteps of two former Premier League flops; Mateja Kezman and Afonso Alves. I am excited to see Suarez arrive in the Premier League, even though I know his diving will frustrate me. And let’s hope there’s no more biting…