While a move to Liverpool seemed to scupper his career, Andy Carroll was showing a lot of promise when he was a youngster coming through at Newcastle. He guided the side back in the Premier League following their surprise relegation in 2009, and continued that form with 11 goals in the first half of the 2010/11 season.
However, the move to Anfield, and continual injury problems have set the former England striker well back, and it is unclear whether we will ever see the forward that once threatened to be worthy of the famous number nine shirt at St James’ Park.
In 2003, Mikael Forssell was loaned out to Birmingham City by Chelsea, and made such an impact that the St Andrew’s side registered a top half finish, and the Finn sat fifth in the league’s top goalscorers list with only names like Shearer, Henry, and van Nistelrooy ahead of him, having hit 17 strikes.
He was not the same striker once he joined the Midlands club on a permanent deal as injuries dented his progress.
Fourteen goals in 1997/98 – including a dramatic winner against Manchester United – saw Darren Huckerby sold by Coventry City to Leeds United in 1999. But, he struggled to hold down a first team place at Elland Road, and only made 11 starts in his year and a half in Yorkshire, by which time, he had become a winger due to his lack of goalscoring prowess.