The rise of Andy Carroll
He started his professional football career in 2006 when he joined Newcastle United at the age of 17. A year later, he was loaned to Preston North End for six months.
While with Newcastle, he was chosen as the recipient of the Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy, awarded every year to the rising star of North East football, chosen from among Newcastle players. He was also the youngest ever Newcastle United FC player to play in Europe, at 17 on November 2, 2006, against Palermo.
In 2011 at the age of 22, he moved to Liverpool for a record £36 million fee on a five- and-a -half-year contract.
He was assigned the No 9 shirt vacated by Fernando Torres, who had joined Chelsea in another record-breaking £50 million transfer.
Confirmation of his signing meant Liverpool's transfer record had been broken twice in the space of a few hours after a £22.8 million deal for Ajax forward Luis Suárez was finalised earlier in the evening.
An injury sustained in December delayed his Liverpool debut until March 2011, and he scored his first two goals for his new club in April 2011 in a 3–0 victory over Manchester City.
In August 2012, Liverpool agreed a £2 million loan deal that would see Carroll spend a season-long loan at West Ham. This move was made permanent in June 2013 for a fee of £15 million.
Between 2010 and 2012, Carroll played nine matches for England, scoring twice, including one goal at UEFA Euro 2012.