Well it is a roundabout way to get back to where you started, but if the rumours are true, Carroll will be swallowing down the last of his jellied eels in May and heading back to Newcastle. Apparently, Liverpool are so desperate to off load him that an exchange for Ben Arfa is being mooted.
The madness of this proposal from a Liverpool point of view can best be summed up by a price tag of 35m quid for Ben Arfa, a talented player for sure, but no world beater. Nor is Carroll, the Scousers will object, but Carroll has the potential to win more matches than Ben Arfa, if you play to his strengths. Handled correctly, Carroll could yet be polished into a diamond. His performance against Swansea showed what he can do - and very few centre backs in the world could have handled him in that mood.
If the deal is completed, books will be fiddled to mask the loss taken by Liverpool, with Ben Arfa's nominal value inflated, to be written down over the next five years, rather than a massive loss crystallised in one hit. That's why a return to Newcastle is being considered now. Without a player exchange, Liverpool will be exposed for ever as complete fools over the deal agreed by King Kenny.
What about from Newcastle's perspective? Well if Ben Arfa is worth say ten million, this represents a fantastic deal for the Magpies, providing Carroll doesn't return to his old manners as well as his old manor. Captain Kev isn't there to keep him on the straight and narrow and you have to wonder if Pardew is the man to keep him under control given the Bentley Boys mentality that took hold at Upton Park when he was in charge.
From a West Ham point of view, Carroll will be a huge loss because of what it will cost to replace him, on top of what it has cost to 'borrow' him. If he is really on one hundred grand a week, the two goals he has scored to date have come at a huge price. But that said, if we stay up, and Carroll plays a part, Sullivan and Gold will look at another guaranteed 60m for playing in the Prem next season and say lovely jubbly!