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Steve Bruce Is Spot On With Why Adding Carroll Was A No-Brainer

Steve Bruce gave the following comments about Andy Carroll’s return to Newcastle this morning. We agree wholeheartedly with what Bruce is saying here.

“It all just came from a conversation with Andy really. He was desperate to come back, like myself I suppose, the big question is, can we get him back quickly and keep him fit?

“If he stays fit, a fit Andy Carroll is as good as you get. He’s determined to be successful here at his hometown club. It was a no-brainer really.

“He’s been in first this morning. He was back on the grass at West Ham in a running capacity. I’m not going to put a time scale on it.

“He’s not going to be seen in the next two or three weeks, but he’s here for the season so when the winter sets in, let’s hope we can see Andy Carroll.

“He’s not young Andy Carroll anymore. He’s at that veteran stage, but when the club sold him for a record fee, he was the best pound for pound centre-forward there was in the country.

“He can do a lot off the pitch and that’s why we bought him as well, to give us that hand in the dressing room.

“He doesn’t have anything to prove as a footballer, when he’s at his best he’s unplayable. When he got that move to Liverpool, he was unplayable at times because of his physicality, his pace, his power and his technique.

“He can help in the dressing room too. He’s a mature Andy Carroll now and when I spoke to him, all he talked about was his desire to come back and play for Newcastle.”

We feel these comments perfectly exemplify why bringing Andy back to the club is a good move. Andy is determined, experienced, and when fit adds an element of physicality that the club was missing.

The only question mark will be about his fitness as he has missed the vast majority of the past two seasons with a reoccurring ankle problem. The fact that he has come back on a contract that has low base wages but is loaded with incentives was shocking to us.

At 30-years-old Andy could have gone for what would have been his last big payday. While he was never going to get the wages he was on at West Ham, he would have gotten a nice wage packet from some club looking to make a flashy signing.

Mark Douglas has reported that he had multiple offers from the MLS in the U.S. where they are known to make these types of signings for big money.

Andy did not go that route. He chose to come back to Newcastle and it appears to us like that was all he had on his mind.

Andy Carroll– home at last

It makes perfect sense in so many ways to have made this move for Newcastle. There is little risk as it is only a one year deal. You get a player who is very experienced which can be a big asset off the pitch.

He can be a big help to a youngster like Elias Sorensen and even a first-team player like Joelinton. He seems prepared to do that and to resurrect his career in the process.

Andy is determined to make this work and you can see that in his comments yesterday. He will get a second chance to put on the black and white shirt and that could make all the difference in how this plays out.

10 comments so far

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope it works out for him

  • stan anderson

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Might as well bring Carver back to coach as he is the best in the world,another Geordie to bolster the crowd for Ashlie.

  • stan anderson

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    9 points from the 1st 11 games from previous post.
    Another season fighting for Premier survival in store buys that’s the slugs only target.?

  • IrishRob

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    It was a no brainer. And could turn out to be a great appointment. I for one am pretty optimistic about Carroll’s return.

    But if nothing else he is a great 3-4th choice striker we can bring on as a focal point of attack if we need to change things up during a match.

    This is the only appointment for me Bruce can possibly take credit for, but let’s watch the match from a distance on Sunday and see how things turn out.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    NUFC 83

    Amazing how PR and proganda sucks people in. There may have been money there for Ashley’s targets, but not Rafa’s targets. If I’m not mistaken Rafa wanted the player of the season Rondon for 16M,

    Stupidly Ashley wants young players he can develop and flog on for fortunes, but you need a Rafa type to develop them. Your pardews, Bruces, Allardyces Pulises and other Brit re-treads are never going to develop them as a top coach could.

    I don’t think Rafa really wants to be in China, miles away from family but I think he had finally had enough with theh unfulfilled promises, tainign faciities etc

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Carroll is still injured FYI. From his surgery at West ham. So he won’t be taking part in our early session fixtures.


  • Munster Mag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Stan at 2, that’s utterly pathetic.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I support the one off boycott for Arsenal, and maybe other feature games. But its not going to affect Ashley. He needs a seriously rich buyer and thats about the extent of it. Rafa has departed, get behind Bruce and the team. They are going to need it.

  • ArtyH

    Aug 9, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    IMHO the bigger picture re signing Andy is what he can do for the dressing room together with the Longstaff brothers, he can get across to the other players/new signings just what it is to play for the toon! I wish him well and think it was a no brainer to sign him, after all I remember Sir Les was similarly always injured at QPR before signing for us, and stayed relatively injury for for his time up here. My only concern is the club is still owned by TFCB and Bruce is the coach, who IMHO is bang average at best, time will tell, or should that be retell?
    We will NEVER get anywhere with TFCB having control of the club, he even admits to that, so I fully endorse the boycott but back the team, there is a big difference. Watch the match at a local pub and help regenerate local economy at least for a few televised home games, get the message across to $ky and the world what is poisoning our club!
    Oh and finally, where are the OTHER bidders for the club, TFCB stated there were numerous others, seems strange there has been no media coverage of the fakeover as this just been another P.R stunt to fool the gullible ignorant Geordies who line his pockets and help bury the club.

  • LetuscloneShearer

    Aug 9, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Boycott or not, I am sick of hearing about RAFA this and RAFA that. Boycott Ashley and stop mouning about Rafa, cus he left with his ambition to go chase gold in China. I hate the fat jabba , but still sick of hearing about Rafa.


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