Michael Carrick played at Wallsend Boys Club and for the England Boys Club side, and was even on Newcastle’s books, before joining the West Ham United Youth Academy when he was 16 years old in 1997, and he went on to help West Ham win the FA Youth Cup in 1999, when they beat Coventry City 9-0 in the two-legged final.
Michael Carrick – available this summer
And Newcastle were even interested in Michael when West Ham were relegated in 2003 with 42 points – the most any club has amassed and still been relegated from the Premier League, and Glenn Roeder was the manager, and Glenn went on to manage Newcastle United for 15 months from February of 2006, after Graeme Souness was fired.
Michael is a top player – like Alan Shearer before him – who got away – and now of course Newcastle hope to get most of the top talent from the Newcastle area, and we’ll have to see just how well that works.
And the reason we are bringing this up is that Michael may be moving on from Manchester United in the summer, as manager Davide Moyes tries to mold his own team at Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old Geordie could be allowed to leave the club this summer, as Moyes tries to bring down the average age of the squad and bring some much needed new blood into the team, after what has been a disastrous season for the club.
His former club West Ham United would definitely be interested in Carrick, as Sam Allardyce is known for taking older players and getting the best out of them, and Newcastle United are also said to be interested.
Michael is better than what we have at the moment in central midfield, and could certainly do a job on Tyneside for at least a couple of years.
But under Mike Ashley Newcastle have shied away from signing players who are older and past their best, but also have very high wages, and when Ashley has tried it – Sol Campbell is the example – it turned out to be a complete disaster.
Aston Villa are the other club said to be interested in Carrick, who has played very well for the Red Devils this season, in what has been one of their worst seasons for over 25 years.
A Manchester United insider had this to say:
“If the boss manages to bring someone else in, I think Carrick could go, and he’d have plenty of offers.” “West Ham, Newcastle and Villa are the main ones at the moment.”
There would be nothing wrong with signing Michael Carrick, even through we would be about 10 years late on that, because Michael is still a very good player.
But that’s not what the current Newcastle club do these days, and we usually want to sign players who are 26 years old or younger, and mostly we still recruit from France, because there seems be better value there.
But Michael is not only English but also a local lad, so if Alan Pardew really wants more Englishmen in his squad – maybe Newcastle would be interested in signing the talented midfielder.
But we’d still be surprised if Newcastle want to sign Michael this summer.
What do you think?