Player of the day: Andy Carroll
Today’s Player of the Day is Liverpool and England striker Andy Carroll. Carroll has been compared to both Newcastle legend Alan Shearer and ex Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, renowned for his strength, powerful shot and heading ability he is often referred to as a classic centre forward.
Carroll started his professional career with Newcastle United in 2006 and by 2008 had established himself as a regular in the Newcastle first team. Following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship in 2009, Carroll scored 17 goals in 39 appearances to help Newcastle finish first in the league earning immediate promotion back to the Premier League in the process. He continued this form the following season scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances before signing for Liverpool on the last day of the transfer window on 31 January 2011.
Carroll signed for Liverpool for a fee of £35 million, which to date represents both Liverpool’s most expensive signing and the highest amount ever paid by one club to another for a British footballer. Carroll was bought to replace Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea on the same day, however an injury sustained in December delayed his Liverpool debut until March 2011. He scored his first two goals for the Merseyside club in April 2011 in a 3-0 victory over Manchester City.
Initially Carroll took time to settle at Anfield and scored only twice in his 9 appearances for the club in his first season. His form in front of goal continued to suffer at the start of the 2011-12 season however his performances, work rate and most notably his goal in the 2-0 win over Everton in October 2011 made him a fan favourite with the kop. His form improved towards the end of the season scoring the winning goal in injury time against Blackburn Rovers and also the winning goal in the Carling Cup semi final victory over Everton. As a result Carroll was called up to the England squad for the Euro 2012 tournament.
After appearing for England at various youth levels Carroll received his senior England call up for a friendly against France in 2010. He scored his first international goal in a 1-1 draw with Ghana on the 29th March 2011. On 15 May 2012, Carroll was included in the squad for the 2012 European Championship. He opened the scoring for England with a powerful header in their second group game against Sweden, which England went on to win 3-2.
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