Former Northern Ireland midfielder Tommy Cassidy is convinced that Liverpool have got a better deal than Newcastle United following Andy Carroll’s stunning £35 million transfer to Anfield.
Cassidy, a big terrace hero when he played for the Geordies in the 70s, believes the fee for the 22-year-old striker at his stage of his career was way over the top, but adds that Carroll has the qualities to be a major star on Merseyside.
“It is a ridiculous amount of money for a young lad who has only played for half a year in the Premier League, but Liverpool desperately needed to replace Fernando Torres and they have paid for that,” said Cassidy, who lives in Newcastle.
“I’ve watched Andy quite a lot this season and he’s a raw talent.
“He has all the physical attributes, is a good finsher, can hold the ball up well and is excellent in the air.
“He is a young lad with a bit of everything and if Kenny Dalglish can get it all out, Liverpool will have one hell of a player.
“He has a lot to learn on and off the pitch but I do think he will make it.
“The Liverpool side at the moment are poor in my book but with Carroll and Luis Suarez coming in they could be a real handful together and help get the Reds back on track.”
In contrast former Glentoran boss Cassidy, now managing non-league Whitby Town, believes tough times are ahead for Newcastle.
“It was great to get £35 million for Carroll, but not bringing in any replacements has everyone up in arms here,” said Cassidy.
“With Carroll gone the strikers left aren’t of the required quality. Every Newcastle fan is wondering who will score the goals now and they are right to be worried. In my opinion Newcastle are not out of the relegation mire and the rest of the season without a recognised goalscorer could be a real struggle.”