Recently a released list was published on the Premier League’s official site containing Andy Carroll’s name. It was a bit of a strange development as the club has not announced any information regarding the Geordie’s future.
This list, however, was not meant to be an official one and names could be added or removed before contracts expired. That could be the case for Carroll. The Chronicle is reporting that the 32-year-old has been offered a one-year extension to his current arrangement, which is a low base salary with appearance bonuses.
Carroll is currently away on vacation but further negotiations are expected in the near future. One part of his contract Andy could be hoping to improve is his base salary. He is on an incentivized deal largely due to his injury history.
However, the striker was available for practically the entire season. A minor calf injury kept him out of the reckoning for the Crystal Palace win in November. He avoided the major injury problems that had plagued his career, though his lack of time on the pitch could have played a role in that.
After starting the first two matches of the season, Andy only started twice more in the league. He also got a start each in the two cups. While he made 22 appearances in total, the bulk of them were late cameos. In the final three months of the season, Carroll played only around 20 minutes of football.
This is a big decision for Andy. The pull of continuing to represent his hometown club will weigh heavily on him. However, he’s likely not going to get more opportunities next season.
He continues to be a major presence in the dressing room and an excellent option late in matches in certain situations. But even if he does stay, Bruce needs another option up front and that will limit his chances even more next season.