He's not the finished article, we know that. But the lad is doing his best.
See, that's just it. He ISN'T doing his best. That's why I made up my mind on him a while ago.
Approaching his best was today's performance. If you're not scoring then you're putting in a real shift, and that's exactly what he did. Nobody can teach you that, it's not something you work on in training, it's just real sweat and grind and working your arse off for the side. Today was the first time I've seen him do that for fucking ages. In fact it may have been the first time this season I've seen him work really really hard. And that's really all you can ask for. It's why I've been one of Kuyt's supporters over the years - if he doesn't score he at least puts a shift in.
I said the other day that Bellamy, a man 10 years his senior with dodgy knees, is putting Carroll to complete shame, and he was. The effort is what makes everyone happy with Bellamy, even when he isn't scoring. If Carroll did what he did today more often then we might actually have a player here. Truth is, he's done that about three times since he's been here. And it's all well and good for people to think they've seen him do this sort of thing before, but have you really? Didn't today's performance stick out just that little bit? Just that little bit above what he's done before? I think, if you're honest, it did.
I don't think he's giving his best every game and he really needs to if he isn't scoring. If he WAS scoring as well then he'll get away with it, but he isn't, so the effort needs to be loads more like today and loads less like what he's usually doing, which is trotting around the pitch looking unfit and lazy, looking half-arsed and no threat at all. He's done it all too often and people just keep defending it. All I'm doing is NOT defending it, but at the same time I will tip my hat when he's worked his fucking c*nt off to get us a result - and that's entirely what he did today.