English Footballers Round-up: Bale and Carroll
Right, it’s Tuesday and most of the world’s eyes are locked on London. Not for football, really, for the Olympics. Yes, of course there is football to be played, but there is a whole lot going on off the pitch to discuss. So, let’s take a look at what’s making headlines regarding some of England’s Senior players.
Who knows what will end up happening with Andy Carroll. Not so long ago I wrote about how I think he is going to end up on the wrong side of the river if he stays in Liverpool, given the direction I believe their manager will take this year (ball-control, with a LOT of pace). Therefore, it comes as no shock that we are hearing rumours (that is all they are until all the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed – and we all know how long that can take in football) of a deal struck between Liverpool and West Ham.
West Ham have reportedly agreed to pay £2 million for the loan, with an additional £17 million for a permanent move, provided the London club can avoid relegation. So long as they stay in the Premier League for the 2013-14 season, they would be obligated to pay the £17 million transfer fee. Mr. Carroll is not particularly fond of the idea of leaving Anfield to play for the Hammers. He has openly claimed he would much rather return to his former club, Newcastle, than play for WHU. Sorry, but at this point it’s not about what you want. That is football, Andy, deal with it.
Newcastle are apparently very interested, but the problem with going back to play for Newcastle is they will not be able to afford his £80,000 wages, whereas West Ham just might.
Gareth Bale made headlines of the weekend as he was spotted limping around the Eastern USA on crutches. Apparently Charlie Adam, Liverpool midfielder, was absent for the days where he supposed to have been shown how to properly tackle. Either that or he really, really does not like Gareth. My bet’s on the latter.
Said Bale, “He’s a bit of a coward. What he did was over the top. Some people are like that and it’s just wrong.”
This wasn’t the first run-in Bale and Adam have “enjoyed”. Back in May of 2011, Adam committed his first bad tackle on the Welsh international, sidelining him for three months with damaged ligaments. Bale explains, “He’s come for me twice now – and he’s got me twice. When someone makes a very bad tackle on you, you expect an apology. I’ve had no apology. And I’m not going to accept his apology.”
The match, which ended scoreless much to the dismay of anyone who made it through watching the contest, was a “friendly” played in Baltimore between Spurs and L’pool.
There you have it, just a quick bit of news.
Until tomorrow, lads.