The Shields Gazette have claimed that Newcastle United have included a somewhat surprising clause in Andy Carroll’s move to St. James’ Park this summer.
Carroll, 30, agreed a one-year move to Newcastle nearly nine years after leaving the club to join Liverpool in January 2011. He was a free agent after the target man was released by West Ham following his injury woes.
The England international starred during his time at Newcastle, scoring 33 goals in 90 Toon appearances as well as using his physicality and aerial prowess to lay on 21 assists for his boyhood club.
The report claims Carroll is earning a basic wage thought to be in the region of £20,000 and £25,000, with the wage expected to be a lot more if he plays and indeed scores. But another surprise clause has been included.
It is believed that the nine-time England international will be handed a further 12 months at the club, if he makes a certain number of appearances during 2019-20. The number of outings is yet to be specified.
TBR’s view – Clause a good move for Newcastle and Carroll
There is no doubt that bringing Carroll back to Tyneside is a good move for Newcastle and indeed the striker. It has appealed to the emotional, heartfelt side of Toon fans, and given Steve Bruce a boost in the popularity ratings.
Carroll is expected to be sidelined until September, though he has remained fit and has been running outside. Match fitness and a mini pre-season may be required, but he could make a handful of substitute appearances.
If Carroll can make an impact, the clause is useful. But if Carroll fails to make the number of appearances – perhaps because of injury – it also gives the Toon the option of releasing him. It is a good decision.