The Northern Echo are reporting today that it’s likely that two of our strikers – Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle, will leave the club this summer.
With one year left on his contract, Newcastle could well cash in on Gayle to a top Championship club this summer.
There were reports in late January that Newcastle had agreed a loan deal with West Bromwich Albion for Gayle with an option to buy in the summer for £15M.
It did not go through because Steve Bruce needed Gayle at Newcastle – we needed eery striker we could get at that time.
Whether we can get £15M for the former Crystal Palace striker in the summer remains to be seen, but Dwight has proven, again and again, he can score goals in the Championship – though not in the Premier League.
The fee will also help Newcastle bring in one or two top strikers in the summer.
And if that’s all Newcastle do this summer, we should have a much better team next season since we have been creating chances this season, but haven’t been able to convert enough of the chances.
And it’s a toss-up whether Andy Carroll will get another year at the club and it’s well known he’s been out of action and injured since early January.
Andy is as frustrated as anybody, but it seems that his body just cannot take the rigors of the Premier League, and he’s been dogged by injury since he left Newcastle on January 31, 2011, to join Liverpool for a massive £35M.
On form and fit, Gateshead-born Andy Carroll is a formidable striker and is almost unplayable at times.
He’s also extremely popular with both fans and players and what you see is what you get with big Andy.
This summer could be an opportunity for manager Steve Bruce to clear the decks and bring in two top strikers and let both Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle leave the club.
We shall have to wait and see.
Let’s hope this coronavirus pandemic is over sooner than later and we can all get back to our normal lives.
In football, that will probably start with the transfer window this summer.
We hope that’s the case.
Howay the Lads!!