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West Ham Focus - Will Carroll finally shine?

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By Sam Carleton

Friday 31 August 2012

Andy Carroll has finally made the switch from Liverpool to West Ham on a season long loan. The summer-long speculation surrounding Carroll has concluded and his choice of destination will be celebrated around Upton Park. The deal on the face of it is a good one, but will West Ham benefit from the Carroll signing?

If we look at the pros of this transfer we will see why the majority of West Ham supporters will welcome the coup with open arms. Despite the issues he has had in finding his feet at Liverpool, Carroll is a top centre-forward. He proved what he is capable of at Euro 2012 when he rose higher than anyone else to rocket home Steven Gerrard’s cross against Sweden. This of course raised questions as to why at club level that partnership never quite developed.

The most likely answer is due to the nature of his signing, as, with so many players, the pressure of his outrageous - £35m - price tag enveloped his talents and week in and week out he played almost paralysed with fear. West Ham might not be aiming quite so high in the table as Liverpool, but the move will once again allow him to showcase his raw talent and ability without the weight of £35m on his shoulders.

For the Hammers signing Carroll is a steal, and as with the Carlos Tevez signing a few years ago West Ham will hope that he can be a talisman this season. It is such a boost for the Hammers that, if all goes well, they can banish the prospect of relegation and think with optimism about the chances of a mid-table finish.

The signing also sees Kevin Nolan reunited with his old pal from their time at Newcastle, where their partnership saw the Toon promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt. West Ham will hope to benefit from this relationship and it should help fill the gap they currently have in the goal-scoring department.

Sam Allardyce, a former Newcastle manager and as such also reunited with Carroll, seems to enjoy having a target man in his direct style of football and there are few better than Carroll available. Matt Jarvis will be given the task of swinging balls into the box while Nolan will get as close to Carroll as possible and play off him.

Whether the fans enjoy the brand of football Carroll will bring with him is another matter. Last season saw disagreements between the manager and the fans when results started to turn sour. But as Stoke City have shown, this style of football is can be effective in the Premier League and if the results arrive Allardyce will argue that is the most important thing.

Considering the ties Carroll already has to the club in Nolan and Allardyce and the suitability of the striker for the manager’s style of play, the deal is an understandable one. Carroll will hope however that this transfer will be a successful one for the sake of his career.

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