Now The Sunday Supplement panel on Sky Sports can be hit or miss. It really depends on who is on the weekly get together where a collection of the country’s finest (arguably) football journalists pick over the weeks highlights in the every increasing manic world that is The Premier League.
However words from one particular gentleman who’s, shall we say unique, comparisons between West Ham’s perennial injured ponytailed one Andy Carroll and Harry Kane, him being the one who scored the most goals in Europes top 5 leagues last year, who has scored almost double what Carroll has scored in his career to date, oh yes and Harry has played in 25 career games less than Carroll too.
Now I’m not saying Andy Carroll is as useful as a chocolate teapot, the man does have his strengths and weaknesses. On his day he’s very effective in the air, he’s got a thundering left foot strike in his locker , he’s strong and for a big man can be acrobatic at times but fundamentally he is also a limited footballer with serious fitness issues. He signed for the Hammers in a £15m deal in May 2013 and has gone on to play approximately 50% of their matches,missing the other half through, you guessed it, a collection of various injuries. Part of me feels sorry for the guy, not the good part.
But on to the core subject at hand.While speaking on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement, (now would be the time to put down anything hot) The Sun’s Neil Custis claimed that and we quote “without injuries, Andy Carroll would be… Harry Kane. He was that good when I first saw him at Newcastle”.
Like we said earlier, on his day Carroll is a decent footballer and his injuries have been a massive problem when trying to hit a run of form, however Custis’ claim is quite a stretch.
Few would argue against the fact that Harry Kane has improved so quickly over the past four seasons, that he has worked tirelessly on every ounce of his natural talent, and has the discipline that has helped him to turn in to into a world class striker, arguably the best ‘number 9’ in the world right now.
One suspects that even if Carroll had avoided the injuries that have plagued his career, his discipline on and off the field are questionable so in all honesty and the most level headed of commentators would tell you it is extremely unlikely that he would have reached the heights that Kane is hitting currently.
One does wonder what Mr Custis had for breakfast.
Do click the link below to see and hear those inspired words from Mr Custis in all their glory.
— FTHFC (@FreddieTHFC) January 21, 2018
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