After failing to live up to the huge fee that Liverpool paid Newcastle for his services, Al Hain-Cole ponders how the £15 million club record signing will fare at Upton ParkTwo-and-a-half years after rather sheepishly becoming Liverpool's record £35 million signing, Andy Carroll has left the Anfield spotlight for the more forgiving surroundings of West Ham.
Reunited with old friend Kevin Nolan and playing in a system more attuned to his strengths, the 24-year-old overcame a number of injuries to score seven goals in his last 16 Premier League games for the Hammers and the fans will be expecting a lot more when the new season starts.
William Hill's price of 8/11 (1.73) on the England striker scoring 12 goals or fewer suggest that they do not expect him to take the league by storm, although his tally of 13 in 2010-11 proves that he is more than capable of exceeding that figure, an eventuality that you can back at evens (2.00).
Like Liverpool, West Ham have invested a club record fee in the Gateshead native and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on him repaying their faith by scoring at least 15 Premier League goals next campaign, to match the £15m price tag.
However, no player has accomplished that feat for the Londoners since Paolo Di Canio's 16-goal haul in 1999-2000, so it is not surprising to see the 1/3 (1.33) odds on Carroll failing to hit the back of the net 15 times or more.
The former Liverpool man seemed reluctant to leave Anfield without proving his worth and there are odds of 5/4 (2.25) available on him scoring against his former employers to show them what they are missing.
The target man's goal and all-round contribution to Newcastle's 3-1 win over the Reds back in 2010 played a key role in earning himself a move to Liverpool but you can get odds of 4/7 (1.57) on him failing to find the net against his former employers this season.
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.
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