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02-01-2011, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by NobodyBeatsTheWiz View Post
Babel may have been trained as a winger, but that's not his best position. It might not be his second best position either. He doesn't provide any width, can rarely beat a man and maintain possession, and is a pretty terrible crosser. His best position is striker, followed by an attacking midfielder.

He really hasn't provided anything to Liverpool for a few seasons now.

Carroll was an overpayment, for sure. But their hand was forced by the Spanish Judas *****. If he'd put in a transfer request at the beginning of the window, they could have gone in for Dzeko, or any number of options abroad. Since they had no time, they went after the best upside they could get on short notice. Carroll has the potential to be a dominant striker, and if he becomes England's #9 (which is likely), he'll sell a lot of shirts.
It isn't looking good now that Carroll is claiming he didn't want to leave Newcastle and was forced out as Ashley wanted the money.

And as far as Babel goes Liverpool bought him and thinking he would be the next Henry like winger come striker as he was big and fast and had excellent ball control like Henry when he came to Arsenal. But he didn't have the same mentality. He is a 4-3-3 Dutch school winger, which is different than a 4-2-3-1 attacking outside mid like Benitez played, and very different than a 4-4-2 outside mid that Hodgson played and Dalglish is playing.

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