According to the Chronicle, new Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is interested in bringing Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park. The 30-year-old striker is currently a free agent, having been released by West Ham United this summer.
Carroll began his career on Tyneside, and broke through into the first team in spectacular fashion about a decade ago. So impressive was the 6’4” forward as a youngster, that Liverpool paid around £35 million to prise him away from the Magpies in 2011.
However, Carroll failed to kick on at Anfield as injuries began to hamper his progress. A move to West Ham followed and the injury concerns continued. The nine-cap England man has managed less than 30 Premier League appearances in the last two seasons combined due to fitness issues.
That being said, when fully fit, Carroll remains a potent goal threat. His aerial prowess and physicality make him a nightmare for opposition defences. Despite his woeful injury record, Bruce appears willing to gamble on Carroll this summer.
The Magpies are certainly in need of a new goalscorer, following the departures of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon. As a squad option, Carroll could be a shrewd and cost-effective addition. He certainly has an affinity for the club. However, Bruce would not be wise to put himself in a position where he is relying upon Carroll to be fit to start games regularly.
Following the emergence of the report linking Carroll with a return to the Toon, plenty of Newcastle fans took to Twitter to share their views on the matter.
— Whose That Team (@Whose_That_Team) 20 July 2019
— Evgeny Kolobrodov (@Jason_Mag) 20 July 2019
Could see that happening. If we’re spending big on Joelinton then can’t see them spending much on another striker especially as they’ve also got to replace Perez and Kenedy
— The Looney Toon (@The_Looney_Toon) 20 July 2019
He’ll be a nice player to have on the bench tbf
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) 20 July 2019
I’m not going to lie, I totally saw this coming…
— Lee (@leerobson23) 20 July 2019
Dark days lie ahead 🤦♂️
— Dean Woods (@wuds100) 20 July 2019
In a heartbeat ,2 year with option of 3rd,heavily bonused bring the battering ram home
— T.A.F.K.A.P (@gallowgate13) 20 July 2019