Is Andy Carroll Finally Living Up To Expectations?

Andy Caroll 2016

Fans forgot about the potential Andy Carroll had when he started out in his career. The 27 year old had been criticized previously about his form and injuries but it looks like he is showing hints of what he is capable of weekly at West Ham.

Carroll burst onto the scene in 2009 when Newcastle were just recently relegated. They lost some key strikers which paved the way for Carroll to play more minutes. He scored 17 goals to help Newcastle finish on top of the League Championship and be promoted. The 2009-10 season saw Carroll hit some form for Newcastle and as a result, scored 11 goals in just 18 games. His goals varied from his powerful headers to his feet with his preferred left foot. This was when people started seeing the rise of Andy Carroll.

He moved to Liverpool in 2010 and expectations were high of him. During his three years at Anfield he did not live up to these expectations because of injury and form. He only scored 6 goals in 28 games which was not a great return and in the 2012-13 season was loaned out to West Ham and then next season, the move became permanent. The first couple of seasons were difficult due to injury but this season, he began playing more and starting to recapture some goal scoring form.

He has played 32 matches this season compared to only 16 matches for the seasons of 2013-14 and 2014-15. He had scored 9 goals this season including a hat trick against Arsenal. He is resembling the player he was back when he was in Newcastle and could finally be living up to those early expectations that everyone had of him. He is an aerial threat and is in full flight when a ball crosses into his vicinity and attacks the ball and delivers a towering header into the back of the net. Also, his hold up play and skills on the ball for a 191-cm tall striker are impressive.

Carroll could call himself a little unlucky not to make the England squad for the Euros because of the definite X factor he could bring to the team. His aerial abilities could have been useful and would have troubled opposition as he could be the person to grab a late goal for his country and be the difference in proceeding further into the Euros.

He may not be back to his very best at Newcastle United but it is a start and is showing glimpses of what he can do. He has not quite fulfilled the expectations yet but he is beginning to perform more consistently. If he can get through next season without having a serious injury and play plenty of minutes on the pitch then he can start scoring more. An in form Andy Carroll is a dangerous player to go up against.

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