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I've got to admit I lliked the look of Pobgrenyiak first time he played fo Fulham.
those figures you quote is part of what really bugs me about Carroll. yes he's young etc. but he did much better at Newcastle. He's not brought that form with him and stating the obvious that's in part down to him and in part down to us simply not being good enough, capable or tactically not playing to his strengths.
It seems to me that if Kenny wants to play in a particular way that doesn't suit Carroll then he's been a huge waste. We simply bought the wrong player.....AGAIN!! I cant see that changing without a rethink on how we get him into the right places and give him the service he needs.
The Lucas comparison is interesting but it's not the same in my eyes. He has, to his credit learned to play that role. He's far from perfect at it but we're certainly missing him and was one of those who thought he was a waste of space originally whereas a striker of Carrolls type relies on service. Without it he will never develop and grow anywhere near the value we paid for him.
We'll see I guess
Carroll is certainly a bit of an enigma. The stats dont lie and part of the reason for his poor showing with us surely is the number of balls he is provided with. Newcastle fired everything imaginable at him as their central attacker and the law of averages says you are bound to convert some of those! I feel his awareness in the box is often poor but in his defence, he is feeding on rather meagre scraps. Of late, his outfield play, control, lay offs etc shows improvement for me and once again, there is usually no-one around him to take advantage which is hardly his fault.
Teams have to playwith an expectancy and we tend not to on occasion. How often have Downing, Bellamy, Johnson, Kelly, Enrique etc passed defenders only to find they have one target to hit in the box as opposed to three or four? At the same time, how often have players hung back when Carroll wins a high ball with no-one ahead of him to lay it off to?
What I am saying is, in order to adapt, there has to be something consistent and reliable to which to adapt and with the way we play at the moment, the consistency simply ain´t there.
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All Carroll seems to be able to do with long balls is head them into no mans land. He should model himself on Drogba. He needs to learn how to catch the ball on his chest and hold on to it until reinforcements arrive. Drogba is brilliant at that, although he also has the skill, and sometimes the desire, to not only catch the ball down but take on the defenders too.