News this morning that Stoke City are considering a £5M cash offer plus players for Newcastle’s top striker 21 year-old Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – going nowhere
Manager Tony Pulis is looking for a striker to give Stoke more threat up front next season.
It’s true that Andy Carroll has been on Pulis’ hit list for almost two years now, but that’s only because Tony knows a good player when he sees one.
Andy had 19 goals for Newcastle this past season, and has looked awesome at times for the England U21 side, and has attracted the interest of England manager Fabio Capello, and there are even decent expectations that Andy could get a call-up for the England squad after the World Cup.
Of course the Newcastle striker has had a troubled year off the pitch, and now Kevin Nolan has become his mentor, and we have to think Andy will curb his aggressive tendencies off the pitch. We all know he needs to otherwise a potentially great football career could go down the drain.
But why on earth would the local lad want to leave the Newcastle club for Stoke City?
We cannot come up with one single reason why Andy would want to move to Stoke City when he can play in front of 52,000 fans for his home town club, and even last season in England’s second tier Newcastle had a home attendance average of around 43,000, one of the highest in England.
Stoke’s Britannia Stadium has a capacity of around 28,384, and to be fair is usually sold out.
But we expect bigger clubs than Stoke to come after Andy this summer, but we think the chances of Andy moving from the Newcastle club are almost zero right now.
Andy could well be given Newcastle’s famous number 9 shirt next season too, worn by former idols like Jackie Milburn (200 Newcastle goals) , Malcolm MacDonald (95 Newcastle goals) and Alan Shearer (206 Newcastle goals) at the club.
Andy has already said how he loves playing in the current Newcastle side, with the team spirit just sky high.
We have to think Tony Pullis will need to look elsewhere to get a decent striker for the Potters next season.