I can’t believe all the hype and rubbish that’s been written and said about Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres over the last few weeks.
Yes, both were over priced, but to say things like Carroll is an over priced flop and Torres is finished – just a couple of examples of what I’ve heard lately – is ridiculous.
Andy Carroll has all the attributes that we have been crying out for in a centre forward in this country for years now. He is big, strong, can hold the ball up, good in the air, decent left foot, etc. Liverpool have bought him as a long term investment, so to judge him now is just stupid.
He’s by no means the finished article and still has plenty to learn and work on within his game, but the raw ingredients are there for a top player in another year or two.
Thankfully in Kenny Dalglish he has a manager that won’t panic because the media are on the players back. Kenny will protect him and give him all the time and help he needs to settle into the Liverpool way of doing things.
As for Fernando Torres, although his miss last Sunday at Old Trafford was something else, his overall performance was very good in my opinion. On another day he would easily have had a hat-trick and the one goal he did score the strike of a top class player.
If he can get over that spectacular miss – and I believe he will – then I can see him going from strength to strength. He looked like he was turning the corner and putting his bad run of form behind him last Sunday.
He has a proven track record and hasn’t just suddenly become a bad player. Chelsea have made a big investment in him and any manager worth his salt will set the team up to play to Torres’ strengths, something I believe Andres Villas Boas has already started doing.
As I’ve already said both were overpriced, but with the exception of Ronaldo or Messi, who isn’t over priced these days? In the long run though, I believe that both these players will prove to be good business for their respective clubs.