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Carroll can fill Torres' boots at Liverpool

Andy Carroll is no Fernando Torres yet, but his record this season is better than that of the Spanish striker.

The biggest deals of a remarkable transfer deadline day were Chelsea's £50 million (Dh295m) signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool and the arrival of Andy Carroll for £35m from Newcastle United as his replacement.

The general consensus is Chelsea have paid a high price, but have got a world-class player who would walk into most top teams.

Torres, 26, has a proven record - he scored 65 league goals in just 102 games for Liverpool and is a World Cup winner.

Carroll, however, divides opinion. His form in the first half of the season has been blistering - 11 goals in 19 games making him the third top scorer in the league.

However, making him the most expensive English player ever on the back of half a season of good form (he also scored 17 goals in 39 games last season in the Championship) appears a bit of a risk for Liverpool.

The statistics, though, back Carroll. He has scored more goals, set up more goals and converted more of his chances than Torres this season. A bargain then?