Ally McCoist is impressed by Newcastle United’s decision to re-sign Andy Carroll and claims he’s “almost unplayable” on his day.
The 30-year-old striker secured a return to St James’ Park on Thursday’s deadline day and is back at his boyhood club.
He previously came through the academy system with the Magpies and played 90 senior games for them during his first spell.
The 6ft 4in centre-forward is currently working his way back from the latest injury problem and will act act attacking cover for Steve Bruce’s team when available.
The Englishman played only 14 times across all competitions last season for West Ham and the big concern will be over his availability.
McCoist, who previously played at Sunderland and Scotland, is convinced that Carroll could turn out to be a great summer addition and raved about his qualities.
“I just want him to stay fit. I like the fact he’s gone back home to the Toon, if they get him fit it’s a real boost to the Newcastle fans,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
“He’s probably one of the most exciting strikers when he is fully fit, almost unplayable. Physical, strong and scores some wonderful goals. What an exciting player for the Newcastle fans.”
Carroll’s sentimental return back home should please some Newcastle fans, but only time will tell how much time he will actually get.
There is no doubting that he’s a real handful for defenders with his strength, ability in the air and thunderous left foot, but he’s certainly not been anywhere near unplayable for a number of years.
Joelinton is the Newcastle’s first-choice striker and a lot of their fight against relegation is going to be pinned on him scoring a big portion of the goals.
Carroll can be a useful alternative off the bench if he gets back to fitness, but his best days are long behind him.