With all due respect to Andy Carroll, he’s a fine player, who can score goals on his day and his aerial threat is a huge threat to opposition. He’s had a decent career too; coming from Newcastle to Liverpool, then to West Ham in the last few years. He probably would have had a greater career than it turned out to be if not the injuries he’s had to contend with in the past. And that is exactly what the problem is with the man. For all his good qualities as a footballer, his injury problems outweigh them. Of course, it’s not his fault, he’s just been unlucky, but in football, it’s always about the reality, nobody cares how or why.
With the January transfer window still open, transfer rumours are still flying, and it’ll continue for another two weeks, at least. Chelsea have been linked with a number of players already, and the latest is Andy Carroll, the former Liverpool man. He’s not played that much this season, so I don’t know how to access his performance in recent months. The one thing I do know though, is that he’s a decent player, and can win you games on his day. But does that mean we need him? I don’t think so.
We are in urgent need of an out and out backup striker to Morata, but Carroll doesn’t cut it for me. Apart from the injuries, he’s almost the same type of footballer as Morata. He’s stronger with his head than with his feet, and I’m not sure we need that. I think we need a different type of player, to bring to the table what Morata doesn’t, even if it doesn’t even have to be a big name – as long as he can score and has a different style from Morata.
In fact, I think we need a more physical player in that position. In Morata, we already have finesse and skill, now a kind of powerful striker like club legend Didier Drogba would be fine. I also think we have to get the kind of striker that would keep Morata on his toes every time. Carroll wouldn’t do that for reasons including the aforementioned. We do need a striker this January. But it just can’t be Andy Carroll.