Useless waste of money or unfairly maligned England striker-in-waiting? When it comes to ex-Liverpool man Andy Carroll, bwin seems to think the former could be true after going odds-on that West Ham United’s new signing won’t score more than ten Premier League goals next season.
The former Newcastle striker finally completed his protracted transfer from Liverpool to West Ham yesterday after spending last season on loan at Upton Park, which the east end club are heralding as a huge coup.
It is certainly a huge financial outlay: OK, it is not the ridiculous £35 milion that the Reds paid Newcastle on that incredible transfer deadline day in January 2011 (if you look up the word ‘panic’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of Carroll stood next to Kenny Dalglish) but £15 million plus add-ons, not to mention a reported wage of £100,000 a week, is a club record for the Hammers and a massive statement of intent from owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
It means that Carroll has now been transferred for in excess of £50 million despite being just 24 years old – but is he worth the money?
Alright, we know he isn’t worth the money, but the question West Ham fans will want to know the answer to is how well will he do for the club next season?
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers didn’t even give Carroll the time of day – Russell Brand has ditched girls with more consideration than Rodgers showed the former Newcastle man – and with just six goals in 44 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, it is perhaps easy to see why.
Yet Irons boss Sam Allardyce seemed to get the best out of Carroll (if anyone is going to get the best of out a battering ram, focal point centre-forward, it is Big Sam) and the Geordie actually scored more league goals for the Hammers last season than he managed for Liverpool – seven in 24 games.
Despite that, bwin go odds-on that Carroll does not score more than ten league goals for West Ham next season, pricing him up at 1/2 to score fewer than 10.5 goals.
That means that if you think a run in the side can benefit ‘Big Andy’, you can get a tempting 7/5 on him to score more than 10.5 Premier League goals.
West Ham are 6/1 to be relegated next year, 20/1 to finish bottom of the table, 33/1 to win the Capital One Cup and 40/1 to win the FA Cup.