-DL- wrote:Too many people are leaving Carroll out of the team. I think because of his extended absence a lot of people are forgetting just how good he is.
I think if he gets an decent run in the side without the ball being constantly launched at his bonce, a lot of us will be pleasantly surprised.
I've ben banging this drum since he arrived. He really is very good with the ball at his feet and has a wicked left foot.
How can you base your plans on someone who is rarely if ever fit? The few games he does play he is usually finding his way back to fitness.
On that basis alone it is sensible to plan for a team that doesn't involve him.
There is also the issue of whether he fits with the way Bilic wants to play. I cant see him being mobile enough to lead the line alone for us in the away games. So id think he will be used more at home to provide variety in our attack. But he may not be first one the team sheet even at home. To be fair, that may help manage his fitness.
I'm not so sure about good with the ball at his feet. Or course if you compare his control with Valencia.... What he will be able to do is receive the ball in to his feet and hold a defender off. If we can get men making runs past him we could get a lot of joy from that.
Put it this way. If he were for sale now, no way would we be in the market for him. And if we could recoup what we paid we'd do so. But as things are, I'm sure Bilic will look to make best use of him.