It was a hugely controversial decision to sell Andy Carroll a year last January, with most Newcastle fans furious at the club for selling our local striker.
Andy Carroll – Liverpool’s unsuccessful striker
But 15 months on and things have calmed down a lot, and Andy hasn’t played nearly as well at Liverpool as he did at Newcastle.
Newcastle have spent a portion of the £35M we got for Andy, a small portion, to bring in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse for £9M between the two of them in transfer fees.
And they have 21 goals in the Premier League this season between them, and Papiss has only appeared in six games so far.
So to say Newcastle have used the money well to improve our striker options – is a huge understatement.
John Carver, who has done a great job since rejoining Newcastle as Assistant Manager under Alan Pardew, had this to say about the Carroll money:
“The money we got is back on the pitch.” “Yohan, Demba and Papiss have given us our mettle.”
“This is how modern football works if you’re looking to improve your team.” “Sometimes you have to sacrifice a player, but if you get three players back of the quality that we’ve got, then it is good business.”
“At the time it may have looked like a gamble, but if you’re confident of your ability to bring the right players in, as we were on this occasion, it’s good for us.”
“The proof’s always in the pudding,” “You look at the way the new signings have played along with the rest of the team, and the fact that the three foreign players have came in and done so well.”
“People talk about the Premier League and it being difficult to play in, and that players have to adjust to it. They haven’t just adjusted to it, they’ve it done it quicker than we all thought.”
“Normally it takes longer. I know Demba already had the experience at West Ham, but the other two have came in and got on with it quite nicely.”
Andy Carroll along with Jose Enrique will return to Newcastle on Sunday in Liverpool colors, and they will hardly get a good reception, after voluntarily leaving Newcastle for Liverpool.
That’s especially true with Newcastle now 8 points clear of Liverpool, and hopefully 11 points clear by 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.
That’ll show them to leave Newcastle.