This Writer’s Idea For A Palace & West Ham Striker Swap Is Utterly Ridiculous

0 Posted by - June 22, 2017 - News

The summer is a difficult time for many football writers. Without games to focus on, they often come up with ridiculous ideas just to fulfill their quota of articles from week to week; the feature attached below falls firmly into that category. 

This piece claims Palace would jump at the chance to swap Benteke for Carroll. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s complete garbage.

Having paid a club-record sum of £30 million to lure Christian Benteke away from Liverpool last summer, it’s fair to say that the Belgian has done a solid job of justifying his fee in his first year at Selhurst Park. Despite some minor teething problems, the big man’s goal return (17 goals in 40 games) has cruised above anything a Palace striker has ever managed in a Premier League season since we retook our place at the top table in 2013. 

When you compare those facts to the career trajectory of Andy Carroll, it’s rather difficult to imagine any of the supposed Palace managers in waiting even hearing West Ham out, let alone agreeing to a deal. In direct contrast to Benteke, Andy hasn’t managed to play 40 games in a single season since 2011, proving immediately that he’s not a viable replacement for big Ben. 

There was no doubt over Carroll’s potential when he first broke onto the scene at Newcastle but after a £30 million move to Liverpool which underwhelmed everyone on Merseyside, the Geordie’s career has maintained a steady albeit gradual decline. Flashes of brilliance still emerge occasionally, such as the beautiful bicycle kick against Palace last season but he can’t cut it at the top level from week to week anymore, not that anyone’s told the author of the feature in question. 

Two years older than Benteke, Carroll has an embarrassingly long (363 words to be precise) section relating to off-field indiscipline on his Wikipedia page. Arrested and charged on more than one occasion, the 28-year-old has always been known as a party boy and although he insists that he’s calmed down in recent years, it’s hardly the sort of man Palace fans will trust to lead the line in the event of a deal being struck. 

As I say, it’s a ridiculous suggestion made by a writer who is scrambling around in the bins for a way of churning out an article that will engage readers. Still, it’ll take your thoughts away from speculation over our new manager for a few minutes. 


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  • Gebby June 22, 2017 - 7:06 am Reply

    Couldn’t agree more and I’m a Hammer….

    • admin June 22, 2017 - 7:07 am Reply

      Haha! Glad to see it’s not just us.

  • Richard Down June 22, 2017 - 7:34 am Reply

    A load of whatsit. Has to have been written by a West Ham fan. The implication is having a forward with pace is lost on us because of our supposed direct style. Patronising as hell.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh June 22, 2017 - 8:53 am Reply

    If Carroll could stay fit for a whole season he would be decent – not as good as benteke. However, he can barely manage a run of 5 starts. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

    • admin June 22, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

      I wouldn’t worry in the slightest, JFB. As I said in the piece, it’s simply a case of a “journalist” dreaming up theories.

  • Marty June 22, 2017 - 12:09 pm Reply

    How many goals did AJ get again in the Prem?

    • admin June 22, 2017 - 4:50 pm Reply

      21 mate; that’s been amended now. Cheers.

  • Richard C June 22, 2017 - 3:04 pm Reply

    But if they gave us £20m and Carroll and then we bought Ihenacho with the cash would it still be a bad deal? Just a thought

    • admin June 22, 2017 - 4:50 pm Reply

      Intriguing prospect. I still wouldn’t bite personally.

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