Is the Anfield youngster just a victim of his reputation or does he really have a drinking problem?
ANDY CARROLL has been ordered for a second time to cut out his boozing.
England coach Fabio Capello repeated his warning after Carroll failed to make the qualifier in Bulgaria.
The £35m Liverpool striker has struggled to find his best form this season and was relegated to sub for his side’s last game against Bolton.
He has been suffering from a niggling knee injury but was fit enough to travel with England, and Capel- lo is still concerned about the player’s lifestyle.
The Italian has gone on record as admitting he is worried about Carroll’s drinking habits.
He has previously said: “We have to help him and I hope he wants to im- prove in his private life.
“He is young and needs to improve and drink less.”
SOURCE: Daily Star
Clearly we live in a footballing age where players are no longer encouraged to let off steam with a post match drinking bender but are people, the press included, guilty of over egging the pudding? Surely as long as Andy Carroll turns up fit and healthy to play and train then there should be no issue, right?
Now Carroll failed to make the qualifier against Bulgaria but I severely doubt that was because he was hammered and more likely because he is feeling his way into the new season and has a few niggling injury problems, but those aren’t drink related, unless of course he hurt himself falling from a bar stool.
Yes when at Newcastle United the striker got in a few scrapes and probably took things to excess, but he’s a young man and that is what young men do, no? Clearly Kenny Dalglish has taken the striker under his wing and is trying to teach the 22 year old to do things in moderation.
This is in all likelihood a media construct and whilst Capello has of course spoken on the issue it hasn’t prevented the Italian naming the Liverpool man repeatedly in his squads.