Date:2nd February 2011 at 8:37am
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35 million pounds for Carroll is an obvious over valuation but at mid-season we could not afford to be without a top premiership striker. Suarez will likely take time to get up to speed (unless we catch a real big break there) so we need someone who can hit the ground running. Remember after Owen left on deadline day and we had to survive the season with Baros and Cisse. Baros was a solid number two striker and Cisse was still trying to figure out how to play in the Prem.

I think we did the right thing. Carroll is only 22 so his value, at around 20-25mill will not go down too quickly. And there is the upside that at that age he may actually appreciate to beyond the 35mill level.

The one-two punch of Carroll and Suarez is actually really exciting for me. It means a shift in our style of football. With one up we always asked our wide midfielders and attacking mid to get up quickly in order to allow our attack to hold the ball. With two up permanently we should be better able to retain possession higher up the field. I also feel Suarez is a tricky customer. He has that sudden movement that creates space. He’s not genuinely quick but he is a box striker in that he creates space with small movements. He is also has an eye for goal, as shown by his 138 goals in 230 games (0.6 goals to games ratio). Check out his 2009-10 season when he scored 49 goals in 48 games!!!!

He’s also played most of his career as a second striker alongside Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, then Marko Panteli?, and later Mounir El Hamdaoui.

He’s 24 years old so there is lots of upside to this transfer. If he and Carroll hit it off we could have a top strike partnership for the next 5 years.