There has been a lot of talk on the blog about the possibility of Andy Carroll returning to Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle and scoring goals
And I’ve also received a number of emails asking whether it would be possible to get Andy back on Tyneside, either on a loan deal or on a permanent deal.
But it’s very unlikely that Andy Carroll will ever play for Newcastle again, and we think Newcastle have moved on, after they received the massive £35M fee for Carroll last January.
Andy has not done well, at least not so far at Liverpool, and has only scored 5 goals in his 23 appearances for the Reds, since signing for them on January 31st this year, in a move that simply infuriated Newcastle fans.
Contrast that to what Andy did last year at Newcastle, when the Gateshead lad, who turns 23 a week on Friday, scored 25 goals for Newcastle and 11 of those were in the Premier League.
When he signed for Liverpool he was at the peak of both his form and his fame, and had just made his debut for England and was red hot, and he was referred to by Fabio Capello as the future of England football.
But things have dramatically cooled for the former young Newcastle number 9, and the Magpies brought in Demba Ba in the summer, and the 26 year-old Senegal striker has turned out to be a much better scorer of goals than Andy will ever be, and he’s now red hot.
Ba has scored 14 goals in his 19 appearances for Newcastle, and with the goals he scored at West Ham earlier in the year, he has 21 goals in 32 appearances in the Premier League this year. That’s simply terrific.
And compared to the fee of £35M Liverpool paid for Carroll, Newcastle picked up Ba on a free transfer from West Ham.
When you take into account the fees paid to agents and the player himself, we’d be surprised if Newcastle paid much more than £1M in total for Newcastle’s new striker, who may wear the number 9 shirt next season.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is not well liked on Tyneside, but to replace Andy Carroll with Demba Ba and make a profit of around £34M on the two deals, makes him look like a financial genius.
They are two of the best deals Newcastle have made in many a long year, and so different from when Freddy Shepherd was running the club.
Freddy was doing what Liverpool have just done – and vastly overpaid for their players in both the fees and the wages paid out.
It may be sentimental to think we could get Andy back on Tyneside, but it’s not going to happen.
But of course we have to hope that Andy doesn’t hit his goal-scoring form against Newcastle on Friday night at Anfield.