Stan Collymore has questioned Newcastle United’s decision to re-sign Andy Carroll on deadline day and feels it shows a lack of ambition.
The Magpies completed a deal for the 30-year-old on Thursday to bring him back to St James’ Park and he was available on a free transfer after leaving West Ham in the summer.
He’s penned a one-year deal with his boyhood club and is back at the place he made his major senior breakthrough.
The centre-forward scored 33 goals in 90 games for Newcastle, before spells with Liverpool and West Ham.
Carroll has seen his career disrupted frequently by injuries and the last time he scored 10-plus goals in a season was the 2010/11 campaign with Liverpool.
Collymore has delivered a passionate rant tearing into the Newcastle signing and is doubtful he will be a success.
“Andy Carroll, why? His last good goalscoring season was 10 years ago. Why are Newcastle United a Premier League team having Andy Carroll anywhere near their squad? What’s he going to give you, six months of injures and four or five goals. Young, hungry, come on Newcastle you can do better,” Collymore said, as quoted by his official Twitter account.
Carroll’s return to Newcastle look a sentimental one and manager Steve Bruce can’t be expecting him to play a key role.
But he will offer a different physical threat if he can get himself fit and it’s certainly a signing for supporters.
Newcastle did complete some eye-catching transfers during the summer window on top of the Carroll deal.
Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin are likely to play crucial roles in attack following their arrivals, while Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth have joined to bolster the full-back options.
The Magpies had a fairly solid window overall and they shouldn’t solely be judged on taking a punt on free agent Carroll.