Peter Crouch didn't score until November when he played for us, and didn't have any injury problems in that time. Carroll will bed in, he's starting to improve, and as Kenny said, the fascination with the price we payed is unhealthy, especially given the circumstances.
And you can't say he's so bad at spending money, he's had one and a half transfer windows, and bought mostly young players. Downing has been decent, Adams is looking like a great signing and Henderson is too young to judge now.
Like D4n said, saying we won't get top 4 but Arsenal can somehow challenge for a title is more than a bit silly. They can't challenge, but we were fourth until Spurs won today. He's also spot on to say that although we aren't spectacular on paper, for years now we've managed to pull things out of the bag with crap players, because they balance and gell and work together, and that has been especially evident under Dalglish. Arsenal have no deffence.
We're obviously not in the title race, too many silly results, but we can easly get fourth. We've got a 7-0 coming, with the way we've been playing recently it's inevitable. Once we start taking our chances better, we'll start bagging them for fun, and we've the best keeper in the league and a mostly solid deffence, so as long we avoid slipping up against small teams like we have done, and get results against the other top 6 teams, we'll easily be in the race for fourth right through to the end.