Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll go head-to-head as Southampton visit West Ham

One is the most expensive British player of all-time, while the other is the joint top English goalscorer in the Premier League.

On Saturday, Andy Carroll and Rickie Lambert, two of the country’s top strikers, will go head-to-head as Saints visit West Ham.

In terms of their transfer fees, there is no comparison.

Carroll, on a season-long loan at West Ham from Liverpool, cost £35m when he made his move from Newcastle to Anfield in January 2011.

Lambert, on the other hand, was just a little over £1m when Saints plucked him from Bristol Rovers in August 2009.

A paltry sum when placed next to Carroll’s fee, but still a lot for the club at the time.

The manager back then, Alan Pardew, has revealed it was a “hard sell” to convince chairman Nicola Cortese to part with the cash for Lambert.

“Rickie was a 28-year-old striker with a limited CV and I had to convince the chairman to spend the money,” Pardew has said.

But after 92 goals in 165 appearances, a prodigious display of marksmanship that helped power Saints from League One into the top flight, no one would doubt that it was money well spent.

With four Premier League goals already this season – a total that no Englishman can exceed – it looks even more like one of the best investments in the club’s history.

Carroll, however, is a different story.

Since his record move to Liverpool, he has scored only six top-flight goals.

Saints legend Terry Paine, who works as a Premier League pundit on South African TV, believes Carroll’s £35m price tag was “way over the top”.

But Paine has warned that Carroll remains a destructive force, with Irons manager Sam Allardyce the prime candidate to fully exploit his potential.

“In Sam Allardyce, I believe West Ham are going to get the best out of Andy Carroll,” he said.

“They will get the ball in nice and early and it will probably be a little bit of route one.

“It’s not always the damage he does himself in terms of goalscoring, it’s the second ball off him that causes so much trouble.

“You’re not always going to out-jump him, and there are times when he’s going to get the touch that matters.

“So, defensively you have got to be very tight and aware when the ball comes off him.”

Carroll, who boasts an imposing 6ft 4in frame, scored 19 goals for Newcastle in the 2009/10 Championship season, as the Magpies won promotion back to the Premier League.

He then netted 11 times in the first half of the 2010/11 campaign, prompting Liverpool to move for him after they lost Fernando Torres to Chelsea in a £50m deal.

While Lambert’s experience of the Premier League is relatively minimal, his goal record more than stacks up against Carroll’s.

With four already this season – Carroll has none, but missed a large chunk of time with a hamstring tear – the 30-year-old Saints forward also scored 31 times last term, as the club won promotion from the Championship.

Paine believes the real battle at Upton Park will not so much be between Lambert and Carroll, though, but the opportunities that each team can provide for them.

“Really it’s about the service,” he said. “You have got to play to their strengths.

“Neither of them are the quickest, but they are both very good targets.

“I would say that Rickie Lambert is a little bit better on the ground than Andy Carroll.

“He leads the line well and brings other people into the game. He’s probably ahead of Carroll in that department.

“I wouldn’t want to give either of them too much freedom in the box.”

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10:09am Thu 18 Oct 12

magnette says...

Lambert has to work harder than the rest cos he doesn't get the advantage of scoring against Saints's defence! LOL
Lambert has to work harder than the rest cos he doesn't get the advantage of scoring against Saints's defence! LOL magnette
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10:20am Thu 18 Oct 12

Folkestone Saint says...

I was there when he scored his first goal for us against Northampton in the Carling cup, the lad and Saints have come a long way since then, as for Carrol, you don't always get what you pay for
I was there when he scored his first goal for us against Northampton in the Carling cup, the lad and Saints have come a long way since then, as for Carrol, you don't always get what you pay for Folkestone Saint
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10:21am Thu 18 Oct 12

bogie says...

That is a fair comment!!!

Why is it that when we score first we do not have a clue about what to do.
That is a fair comment!!! Why is it that when we score first we do not have a clue about what to do. bogie
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12:40pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Mac the North says...

Depends how long hes on the pitch for
Depends how long hes on the pitch for Mac the North
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1:17pm Thu 18 Oct 12

mikeandalus says...

Does it matter, as long as there are 3 other teams worse than us,we stay up.Thats all that matters
Does it matter, as long as there are 3 other teams worse than us,we stay up.Thats all that matters mikeandalus
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1:44pm Thu 18 Oct 12

RedArmy1 says...

RICKIE IS IMMENSE !!

COYR.
RICKIE IS IMMENSE !! COYR. RedArmy1
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2:33pm Thu 18 Oct 12

insane saint says...

Rickie is SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than carol. Headless chicken comes to mind with carol....

let alone the pony tail and we all know what is under a pony tail..............
Rickie is SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than carol. Headless chicken comes to mind with carol.... let alone the pony tail and we all know what is under a pony tail.............. insane saint
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4:07pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Mush On The Beach says...

insane saint wrote:
Rickie is SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than carol. Headless chicken comes to mind with carol....

let alone the pony tail and we all know what is under a pony tail..............
Oh Carroll, You are such a (pony tailed) fool
[quote][p][bold]insane saint[/bold] wrote: Rickie is SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than carol. Headless chicken comes to mind with carol.... let alone the pony tail and we all know what is under a pony tail..............[/p][/quote]Oh Carroll, You are such a (pony tailed) fool Mush On The Beach
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7:03pm Thu 18 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

NA says Clyne is a possibilty for the week-end and Tada may get a run out at Leeds, I feel the tide is beginning to turn in our favour.
NA says Clyne is a possibilty for the week-end and Tada may get a run out at Leeds, I feel the tide is beginning to turn in our favour. OSPREYSAINT
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7:18pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Matt Allen says...

Let's hope our defence can keep Carroll quiet - please boys give us all a clean sheet!
Let's hope our defence can keep Carroll quiet - please boys give us all a clean sheet! Matt Allen
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8:15pm Thu 18 Oct 12

worried of n e hampshire says...

Carrol worries me, wet spam's long ball game is ideal for his style of footie.
our defence needs to step up.

but saying that we will score goals,
quietly confident
COUR!
Carrol worries me, wet spam's long ball game is ideal for his style of footie. our defence needs to step up. but saying that we will score goals, quietly confident COUR! worried of n e hampshire
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9:09am Fri 19 Oct 12

Tirau Dan says...

We won't be sure who will turn out for this game. Injuries have hit us pretty hard at a bad time. I hope we get some good news on that front soon.

We are a resilient creative bunch, we are pretty good at stopping hoof ball, it's fast wings that undo us but we should be able to match them in the mid and will be much better than them up front with the ball on the ground.

We'll come through strongly 3 or 4 - 2 for the 3pts. COYR
We won't be sure who will turn out for this game. Injuries have hit us pretty hard at a bad time. I hope we get some good news on that front soon. We are a resilient creative bunch, we are pretty good at stopping hoof ball, it's fast wings that undo us but we should be able to match them in the mid and will be much better than them up front with the ball on the ground. We'll come through strongly 3 or 4 - 2 for the 3pts. COYR Tirau Dan
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9:39pm Fri 19 Oct 12

hates the skates says...

CARROLS A ONE TRICK PONY BUT I FEEL HE WILL BULLY OUR DEFENCE AND PROBABLY END UP WIT A HATRICK SO 3-4 BOYS WILL DO NICELY, OF TO THE BOOKIES WIT THAT I THINK
CARROLS A ONE TRICK PONY BUT I FEEL HE WILL BULLY OUR DEFENCE AND PROBABLY END UP WIT A HATRICK SO 3-4 BOYS WILL DO NICELY, OF TO THE BOOKIES WIT THAT I THINK hates the skates
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