There has been some speculation that Andy Carroll will be returning to Newcastle on loan in January, and after he posted a picture on his Instagram account of St James Park last week, there was speculation in the Chronicle that could be a hint he is on his way back home.
Andy Carroll while at home town club Newcastle
But there is news once again coming out of the West Ham club refuting that claim.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has made it clear in an interview with the West Ham website ClaretandHugh, that Andy is going nowhere:
“Andy Carroll is a very important member of the squad, he was sensational when he came on against Aston Villa.”
Andy has just come back from another long time on the sidelines with an injury, and he did look in good form in the Aston Villa game, and will likely be facing Newcastle a week on Saturday when we visit Upton Park.
The speculation that the injury prone Geordie lad may be leaving the Hammers has been fueled by the good form of new strikers Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.
Diafra especially has been in good form with 7 goals in his first nine games for the Hammers, and he was brought on as a sub for Senegal in their 1-0 win in Egypt over the weekend in the African Cup of Nations – his 3rd full cap.
Not bad for a player who played in the second division of French football for Metz last season.
Enner has 3 goals in 11 appearances for West Ham, and both strikers were said to be Newcastle targets in the summer, but we suppose their transfer fees were too high for owner Mike Ashley.
That was especially true of Valencia, who cost £12M from Mexican side Pachuca, after starring for Ecuador in the World Cup over the summer.
Newcastle brought in Ayoze Perez for £1.6M in the summer from Tenerife, and the Spanish striker has looked good, and we also have Facundo Ferreyra on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk for the season, but we have yet to see him make his debut for Newcastle.
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