Almost eighteen months after becoming the most expensive British player ever Andy Carroll is off to the Euro’s to hopefully help power England to Euro Glory, but what is he to expect when he returns?
Following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, the man who bought Carroll, Brendan Rodgers took over the reigns at Anfield after the ex-Swansea man led the Welsh side to an impressive 11th spot in the clubs first ever season in the top-flight, taking four out of six points off his new club Liverpool.
Not only was Rodgers’ side racking up an impressive amount of points after starting as favourites for relegation, they were getting rave reviews of their style of play.
There is no doubt that if you were to play a direct style of football, relying on your striker to win balls in the air, get on the end of crosses and to give the opposing defenders a constant battle there is not many better in the business. This is where the problem lies for Andy Carroll, with doubts being raised over whether he will be able to adapt to the new style of play.
Brendan Rodgers has shown at Swansea that his preferred formation is 4-2-3-1, focusing on ball retention and keeping the ball on the ground – and while appearing as a guest on BBC’s Match Of The Day explained that his style was based on common sense, explaining that if his side had possession, the opposition could do nothing to harm his side.
Not only does Carroll face a battle to adapt to the managers style, the likelihood is that Rodgers will continue deploying a lone striker, and with controversial but brilliant teammate Luis Suarez having a style that seems to be a perfect fit to the managers style, Carroll could find himself more often than not.
Assuming that all goes well and Rodgers finds enough success to please the board, the long-term future of Carroll is just as uncertain with the probability that no team would pay anywhere near the £35million that Liverpool forked out to secure his services, and it is very unlikely that the Liverpool owners would accept a cut price deal for the striker.
Of course, there is the possibility that Rodgers could change his playing style, or Andy Carroll could somehow find a way to adapt and be a success in the particular style Brendan Rodgers uses but with the attributes Carroll has, it seems unlikely
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