The Sun journalist Neil Custis had some very high praise for Andy Carroll on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement.
The Englishman was a highly regarded prospect when he emerged at Newcastle United in the noughties. So much so, that Liverpool infamously paid £35m for Carroll in 2011. He was signed alongside the majestic Luis Suarez, which did his reputation no favours in comparison, but the 29-year-old’s spell at Anfield was disappointing regardless.
His move to West Ham in 2013 has been interspersed with a myriad of injuries, meaning that Carroll has only made 124 appearances for The Hammers across five and a half seasons.
Those appearances have yielded 32 goals, with the latest two coming at the start of the month against West Brom – his only two goals of the season so far.
Nonetheless, speaking on Sky Sports this morning, Neil Custis was adamant that an injury-free Andy Carroll has enough promise to be compared to his much more prolific English counterpart.
“Andy Carroll without injury would be Harry Kane, for me. He was that good when I first saw him at Newcastle”, he stated.
— . (@FreddieTHFC) January 21, 2018
Predictably, that take didn’t go down too well online.
Neil custis “ Andy Carroll without injuries would be Harry Kane” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Literally spat my tea ☕️ out 🤣🤣🤣
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) January 21, 2018
Neil Custis on Sunday Supplement: "Andy Carroll, without injuries, would be Harry Kane."
Game of opinions.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 21, 2018
Good to see Neil Custis’ opinions on football are as good as his dress sense… pic.twitter.com/98aLm1nNYx
— Not a football account (@1886_blog) January 21, 2018
Neil Custis has said Andy Carroll without injury would be Harry Kane 🤔😂
More like an injured Harry Kane would be Andy Carroll pic.twitter.com/lvWxaGGnZK
— NOW TV Sport (@NOWTVSport) January 21, 2018
Neil Custis on Sunday Supplement:
"Andy Carroll, without injuries, would be Harry Kane.”
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) January 21, 2018
Harry Kane has won the Premier League ‘Golden Boot’ for the past two seasons, and is on course to do so again this term, with 20 league goals already having scored 127 in all for Tottenham Hotspur.