Newcastle United have had a poor start to the season and more signings are needed if they are to achieve survival with comfort. Rafa Benitez hasn’t been happy with the club, but the two must now come together for the remaining days of the window. The Mirror report that the club are considering a shock swoop for former striker Andy Carroll.
It has emerged in recent days that the 28-year-old could be an option for the Magpies on a season-long loan deal. West Ham are open to letting him leave before the deadline and a return home could suit all parties. The one stumbling block could be the striker’s huge wages, but it could be possible for the Hammers to subsidise them to facilitate a move.
What would he offer Newcastle United?
At the moment, Newcastle are lacking Premier League experience and that has been evident during their opening two fixtures. They have looked well organised at the back, but they have offered little going forwards. Benitez will want to bring in attacking reinforcements before the deadline and a move for Carroll could be seen as a short-term fix.
The England international is a proven goalscorer in the top flight and he would have a point to prove if he was to return to Newcastle. Carroll is a powerful forward, who can dominate in the air and he would provide a physical presence. If they are to stay up, the Magpies are going to need to take advantage of set pieces. The 28-year-old would provide a threat from those situations, in addition to improving the defensive set-up.
Although it is his strength and power that are often discussed, Carroll has technical ability and he is capable of using his feet to great effect. He has a powerful strike and is able to bring others into the game. Newcastle need players that will improve the squad and the mood on Tyneside. Their former striker would do both.
Is it likely?
This is a rumour that surfaces every year and it often leads to nothing. It might have appealed to Newcastle once before, but it makes little sense now. They already have two strikers with a similar profile to Carroll, which means that he won’t offer much more to the squad. Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic may not be as effective as the Englishman, but they offer similar qualities on the pitch.
It is a transfer that will always appeal to all sides, but the timing is never right for it to go through. Carroll’s unreliable injury record would also put Newcastle off. Furthermore, he would need to take a pay-cut if a move was to go through and that is unlikely. This seems to be a story written without much substance. Newcastle need to be targeting more dynamic attacking players to add something different to their front line.