Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has said he thinks a move back to Newcastle would be an excellent move for 23 year-old fellow Geordie striker Andy Carroll, although there’s that old saying that you should never go back.
Alan Shearer – backs Carroll move back home
Alan is 41 now and not only the greatest goalscorer ever in a black and white shirt, but he’s also one of the best footballers Newcastle have ever produced. Alan is remembered for his goal-scoring exploits but there wasn’t a better passer of a ball when Alan was playing on Tyneside.
This is what the Newcastle icon had this to say about Andy Carroll’s situation in The Sun today:
“Andy is an England centre-forward and I wouldn’t say he has been a flop at Liverpool by any means.” “Yes, it took him a bit of time to settle there but he finished the season strongly and considering he only started one game at the Euros, I thought he did well.”
“Make no mistake, he is a very good footballer. I can fully understand why Newcastle are in for him and I think it would be a great move.” “When he was there before he benefited from the fact that the team was always working to get him the ball – and he thrived on that.”
“That hasn’t always been the case at Liverpool and perhaps at times he suffered.” “There is an old saying that you should never go back but, in Andy’s case, I don’t think it would be a mistake at all.”
“He was hero-worshiped by the crowd first time around and they would warm to him again. Andy loved playing there and whatever the fans felt about him leaving to join Liverpool, I’m sure he would win them over quickly.”
We have to also remember that when Andy joined Liverpool, Alan said that Kenny Dalglish would make him into a much better striker, as he had done with Alan himself at Blackburn Rovers.
But unfortunately for all concerned that just didn’t happen, and as Alan references above, Kenny hardly ever played to Carroll’s strengths, so if you are not going to do that – why pay £35M for him in the first place?
Andy came through the Newcastle Youth Academy and Newcastle made him into an excellent striker, and they can do that again if Andy returns home.
And although there are a number of Newcastle fans still upset at Andy leaving in the first place, my son Neil is one of them, a return to Newcastle could soon win over the majority of those fans, and if Andy was willing to take a wage cut – that would also help.
However we do think the £20M reportedly being asked by Liverpool could submarine the deal, if they are not willing to come down to nearer £15M for the 6′ 3″ England striker.
What do you think?