It must be another transfer window because we have news that Newcastle United are interested in signing Andy Carroll again, and the Gateshead striker himself presumably is keen to return to his home town club where he played 91 times with 33 goals, for the Magpies before we sold him to Liverpool for £35M on 31st January, 2011 – maybe the best deal Newcastle have done in the transfer market under Mike Ashley.
Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle
Since that time Andy has been struggling with a lot of different injuries, and in the four and a half years since he left Newcastle he’s played a total of 112 games with 25 goals, so in each season he has averaged just 25 appearances with around 5 goals every season – not much more than about half a season on average.
That is not much production coming from a player who has four years left on his West Ham contract, and is supposed to be on £100K/week.
This season Andy played just 14 times with 5 goals, and although nowadays he would only cost around £10M, his wages would still be high even though reports say he is willing to take a wage cut to return to Newcastle.
In the past, a lot of these stories have simply been made up on Andy coming back to Newcastle, with not many real facts behind them.
However, West Ham would probably be willing to get Andy of the wage bill because of his high wages, especially if the new manager at West Ham is like Brendan Rodgers, and wants to play football with the ball on the ground.
Newcastle have gone through a season where we have probably had more injuries than in any other season in recent times, so surely the last player we would want to sign is one who is injury prone – even if he’s a local lad.
It doesn’t make too much sense to bring Andy Carroll back to Newcastle over the summer, and we’d be very surprised if that happens.
If Andy does come back, it may be a move by upper management to try to placate the fans, who are furious the way the club is being run at the moment.
And it comes after a season when we just avoided relegation on the very last day of the season, because we were cheap in almost every way in January.
Newcastle earned around £12M back in January by selling some players and our manager even through our squad was already threadbare.
Newcastle brought no players in, and then went with the cheapest option – John Carver – to coach the side through the end of the season.
And we almost paid for that cheapness and complete lack of initiative by being relegated and losing around £80M in Premier League funds.
It was a study in incompetence on many levels at the club.
It’s got to be long odds that Andy would return to Newcastle – ever.