Posts Tagged ‘Andy Carroll’

Before the beginning of the week I thought ‘Burnout’ was just a racing game on the Playstation, but after the media frenzy that has surrounded Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll’s inclusions in Stuart Pearce’s latest Under-21 squad for the European Championships in Denmark, I now know it means Arsene Wenger is moaning again.

The Frenchman has covered the back pages recently with a thousand reasons why Wilshere’s inclusion isn’t wise, but all of them seem insignificant after watching England being outclassed by a German side at the World Cup that consisted of Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng, four players who, 363 days before England’s exit, were playing for Germany in an Under-21 Championship final. Surely this is Pearce and Capello’s ideology for the future? An ideology that the likes of Wilshere and Carroll would be key to.

Andy Carroll has clearly struggled with match fitness since his return from injury and Kenny Dalglish will be happy enough for Carroll to go and regain this sharpness over the summer, especially with Liverpool looking likely to have a huge fixture list next season should they qualify for the Europa League.

The argument has been that the Under-21s would be a step back for the players after gate crashing recent England squads, but this isn’t a hugely valid point due to the fact that both players weren’t included in last years World Cup squad. Their international careers are still very much developing and so the next logical step in their maturation would be to play in Denmark this summer. This step eases the transition into the ‘full’ England squad, as Pearce works with Capello at the senior level, thus making the jump up not so extreme. Along with this is the bonus of playing with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones, who will potentially be their international team-mates at in the senior side in the not-so-distant future, hence ripening the team fluidity and ability to work together for several years to come (much like many of the current Barcelona squad in their graduation from La Masia).

Ultimately, the main positive in this whole scenario isn’t that Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll will be important in helping the Under 21s succeed in the tournament; the main message that needs to be received by all English clubs is that country comes first, no excuses. Everyone associated with the international football scene needs to send out this message, loudly and clearly.


A good performance become “one of the best ever”, a 25 yard free kick becomes “one of the greatest goals ever seen” and a nutmeg becomes “Unbelievable Tekkers”. Throughout the years, so many players have had fantastic debut seasons or even in some cases just a good couple of months but this doesn’t stop a sports journalists using hyperbole deliberately and unapologetically, linking them with Europe’s biggest clubs. Fleet Street’s elite have done this with the likes of Kieran Dyer, Leroy Lita and Francis Jeffers and where are those players now?

So, without further ado, I give you my opinion of the top 10 footballers from this season that are just classic media hyperbole.

Marouane Chamakh

The Moroccan made an explosive start to his Arsenal career with 10 goals in all competitions by the end of November. This then had the media and fans alike, raving that Arsenal had finally found the heir to Henry’s throne, high praise indeed, especially when you consider that since then Chamakh has scored only one goal…against Leyton Orient.

Charlie Adam

The Scotsman was an average player at Rangers but, after dropping down to a smaller ‘pond’ with Blackpool, now looks like the bees knees. Any attacking midfielder was going to thrive within a team that doesn’t comprehend the idea of defending and I just feel that moving on to either Liverpool, Man United or Tottenham will be a big mistake for Adam.

Gareth Bale

Harry Redknapp stated that Bale is worth £80 million, but I find myself struggling to comprehend this over exaggeration; the Welshman managed to destroy a depleted post-Mourinho Inter Milan defence, but when Nemanja Vidic is left spellbound by the former Southampton man then I will take notice.

Scott Parker

We all know Scott Parker is a very good player, but hype has turned this accomplished box to box player into West Ham’s very own Zinedine Zidane.

Connor Wickham

Apparently has the ability to be as prolific as a young Michael Owen, but then again, so did Francis Jeffers.

Adel Taarabt

Admittedly he had limited chances at Tottenham Hotspur, but that doesn’t stop him being a flop. Lets just stop these £10 million rumours to Chelsea now and realise the Moroccan has found his level as QPR’s attacking talisman.

Rafael Van Der Vaart

He had a blistering start to his Spurs career, but in recent months has gone off the boil and struggles to finish a full ninety minutes; £8 million for a 75 minute man isn’t the greatest bit of business after all.

Andy Carroll

If David Seaman can’t pull off the ponytail then Carroll has no chance, but obviously this isn’t the Premier League’s worst haircut. Does scoring 11 goals for Newcastle United really warrant a £35 million transfer? You can nearly get six Javier Hernandez’ for that and he has 19 goals in all competitions this season.

Lionel Messi

Calm down, breathe…right, are you ok? Yes I have put the Lionel Messi in this list. When the little Argentinian scores more goals than games played in the Premier League, then I will be considerably more impressed with ‘Maradona’s heir apparent’.

Nicklas Bendtner

No one is raving about the very self confident Dane, but try telling that to Bendtner himself; such is the Big Dane’s ego that he believes he is amongst the game’s greats. Bendtner is on the list because he has somehow single handed turned himself into a demi-god in his own mind and yet does nothing for the media to warrant such praise.