There comes a time in football when realism must prevail

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Andy Carroll subject to a £25m bid from Tottenham Hotpsurs.

Carroll - Off to Anfield whether pushed or shoved out of St. James’ Park

irst things first; yesterdays deadline window was no doubt the most enthralling transfer window I have ever followed, but Sky Sports really did over-do the whole thing. Every 5 minutes they popped back to David Craig outside St.James’ Park and he seemed to have a new story, or something a little different each time. If it wasn’t that, they were in Liverpool trying to get the latest on the Fernando Torres deal from their correspondent, amidst overly-excited LFC fans. With that said, the transfer window slammed shut at 11pm, with Torres heading to Chelsea in a whopper deal of around £50m, and indeed as we know; Andy Carroll moving to Anfield as the most expensive British player of all time. What we can take from this transfer window is not only do TV channels and others see it as a huge commercial opportunity, but in general, football has gone wrong - very wrong.

The fees being paid for players has really hit a point where something has to be done about it. Of course football players’ agents do brilliantly every time their client makes a big money move to another club, but it really is ridiculous at this stage. We only have to look at Andy Carroll’s price tag: in excess of £35m. If reports are true, this figure will hit over £40m when Big Andy plays over 50 times and scores a certain amount of goals in his career at Anfield.

£35m is what they have paid for a young, very talented forward who in time, can become one of the top #9’s in the world, yes - the world. If Carroll can play like he has played for Newcastle United this season and last, then he will justify that hefty price-tag. he has a good ten years of football left in him, and will no doubt achieve a lot in all those years.

With that said, this is more than a gamble. We are talking half the price of Ronaldo; more expensive than Tevez, Berbatov, David Villa, Hernan Crespo, and even Edin Dzeko. It is a lot of money to spend on one player, and he could well fail to live to the pressures of wearing the number nine shirt at Anfield.

It’s a gamble paying that amount of cash for a young lad, but I expect he will justify his price-tag in time to come, even though I don’t really care too much if he doesn’t.

I know most Newcastle United fans are devastated and shocked that we’ve lost our best player, a striker that has come through the ranks at NUFC, and has worn the coveted number 9 shirt - but we have got a lot more money than what I expect him to be worth this time next year. There comes a time where you must put your footballing heart aside, and consider the financial aspects of the game. We have never in the history of our club received a bid of that amount, mind, never in the history of British game has there been a bid of that magnitude for an English player.

I think when the dust settles, and things calm down we will see Andy Carroll controversial transfer to Liverpool in a clearer light.

For once I think I do actually believe the clubs account on the transfer, and that Andy looked to leave, without causing too much of stir to his own profile.

Look at it this way; you’re a talented young man, on £30,000 a week, a local hero in the making even. Liverpool come looking for you, and offer nearly three times your wages, and a nice signing on bonus. You don’t want to disappoint the Toon faithful turning your back on them, so you have to leave on a note that won’t upset your supporters.

How would you do this?

There’s only one way really, and that’s by getting the fans on the clubs back. I suspect, and these are only guesses mind, that Andy Carroll looked for a new contract which would make him the highest paid player at the club, but knowing that the club wouldn’t budge on its wage structure, it gave him an easy excuse to leave. It also left him looking slightly better at the end of the tussle between the board, NUFC and LFC too.

Following that, this is what Andy had to say today on his move to Liverpool:

‘When I knew [Liverpool’s interest] was real and that there was a chance for me to come here I knew it was a great opportunity and I had to take it

Liverpool is a big club which is going places and this is a chance to show what I can do. What I did at Newcastle has got me here and now I have to carry it on with Liverpool.

It’s a great feeling. The No.9 is a big number and the one I wanted. To get it at Liverpool is a great feeling.’

Interesting to see he says nothing about Newcastle United in his interview, although I haven’t quoted the whole conversation.

The main thing is, we have sold Andy Carroll, he’s now wearing the number nine for Liverpool, and we have got an outstanding amount of money for him.

We’ll avoid relegation - I have no doubt about that. We have fared decently without Carroll since our FA Cup exit quite a while ago, and I have no doubt his departure will give some of our other strikers the boost they needed.

Over £35m makes good financial sense and really, as die-hard of a fan as you might be, we’ve been far from screwed in this deal. A Liverpool panic buy, which sees us bank a record fee which hopefully, hopefully will be reinvested in the summer on young talents.

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Chaucers Left Testicle: ⏱ 01/02/2011

To write the acquistion off as simply a 'panic buy' is missing the point somewhat. Liverpool had been monitoring Carroll for a few months and from what I've read they were planning on moving for the player in the summer, but the late hour at which Torres handed in his transfer request forced them to move their timetable forward and pay over the odds. So while there was definitely an unsettled element to the purchase, it certainly wasn't flat panic. I, and most other reds I've spoken to, feel for the toon fans though. The circumstances weren't great and it's a shame you've lost your top homegrown lad. Still, he's a good player and I think he'll do well at Liverpool and I'm glad he's here. I do fear for the money though, Ashley hasn't got a good track record, has he?

Wallsend Stu: ⏱ 01/02/2011

The money will go straight into fat ashes pocket. If pardew thinks he will see it in the summer he needs to wake up and smell the coffee. The big man will do well for Liverpool and at least you have more than one player who can deliver quality balls to him.

Danish_toon: ⏱ 01/02/2011

Couldn't agree more - Absolutely correct observation! Hopefully a young local lad will come through the ranks before long - perhaps Phil Airey? From a Toon in Denmark.

DutchyoftheToon: ⏱ 01/02/2011

Super article, makes you look at it in a different light, what club can boost they sold a 22-year old not fully proven for 35 mil. Fat mike will probably reinvest about 10 million if even just the usual from the fat controller. Also starting to think the craps coming from carrolls mouth but you never no with nufc ... HOWAY THe LADS FOREVER

Thescrobbler: ⏱ 01/02/2011

This is exactly what I've been trying to tell my mates. The fact is, if Andy really wanted to stay he could have. It is very disappointing that Andy made this choice, I truly believed he would be an exception to the 'no loyalty left in football' rule. The problem we have with football now in England is no longer just a football problem, it is a damning reflection of our society as a whole. What happened to the collective. Greed, selfishness, and the empowerment of the 'individual'. What an absolute disaster. Tubz.

Paul in Hollywood: ⏱ 01/02/2011

In the greater light of reason, who the F##K cares. The sport, like all sport utterly polluted by $$$, needs to crash and burn. It was a far better game, and much less soul-destroying, when it was played by amateurs and when every player in the team was local. Meanwhile, the greater things in life, such as Life itself, pass us by unnoticed until it's all too late.

Viking toon: ⏱ 01/02/2011

Yes I agree with you,it's time that we try to look in a positive way on this deal.It's alot of money for an injured player and hopefully our managment will spend those money wisely.I think he moved cause of a greedy mind and who with his mind function would say no to £.80000 a week?Nobody i know would for sure and why should A.C be any different.we have won some matches and some draws without Andy in the last month and we will for certain win some more too..Howay the lads,bring them on

ceb: ⏱ 01/02/2011

If we wanted to keep Andy we could have. Blackpool had no problems saying no to Charlie Adam's transfer request until the right bid came in. Why couldn't we do the same? The smart answer would have been to say 'we'll wait until summer when we know we're safe from relegation', instead of making Liverpool pay through the nose but not having a contingency plan regarding our striking line-up, which frankly is well sub-par.

Lualua17: ⏱ 02/02/2011

Thanks Chaucers Left Testicle I think most Toon fans have a good relationship with Liverpool fans so if we had a choice of Carroll going to Liverpool or Tottenham I know who I would prefer he be sold to. I feel totally gutted about this situation and do not think that this is good business on Newcastles part reason being who at Carroll's age can we get in that is as good or better than he is for £35m or less? We havn't got a replacement and have also let another two go in Routledge and Xisco (not a big fan of the latter). There will not be £35 million spent on a transfer fee in the summer either because Pardew has already stated that the £35 million will be to cover wages as well as a transfer fee. I think in this situation both the club and Carroll are lying because at the end of the day both could have refused the deal as Carroll had a 5 year contract at the club.

Doocey: ⏱ 02/02/2011

It is a shame we've lost a local lad, with extreme talent - and it's disappointing that he won't play out his finest years in a Toon shirt. However, with that said ; I do really think this was as close to a panic buy as you can get. £35m is over the top, and even though he may justify this price-tag in time, it's a massive risk. I think the fact Torres was all set to go, the board, and Kenny realised they needed a new forward, and very quickly. You may be correct however though, that they were monitoring him for quite a while but what I'm saying is: Would you pay the guts of £40m for a player with 6 months Premier League experience? I don't think many clubs would. However, as some of the readers have said; Liverpool is a good club for him to develop at, and he'll relish having the #9 shirt. Onwards and upwards for both of us!