Steve McClaren is convinced that centre-forward Andy Carroll can be an impressive signing for Newcastle United if he can win his battle with fitness.
The Magpies confirmed on their official website on Thursday’s deadline day that they have re-signed Carroll on a one-year deal.
He was a free agent this summer after leaving West Ham at the end of his contract and he’s now secured a heartfelt return to his boyhood club.
Carroll previously came through the academy ranks at St James’ Park and played 90 senior games in his first spell, scoring 33 goals and supplying 21 assists in return.
The striker has had numerous injury problems throughout his career and played just 14 times last season for West Ham across all competitions.
But Steve Bruce’s team have taken a punt on him and he can be cover for the likes of Joelinton and Miguel Almiron in attack.
Ex-Newcastle boss McClaren is convinced that Carroll will get respect from his teammates following his return.
“I think he was a cult hero when he was there. [He’s] a fans favourite. Everything about a signing is about what he can do on the field, but also everything is about fans expectations and walking into that dressing room,” McClaren told Sky Sports, as cited by their official Twitter account.
“If Andy Carroll walks into that dressing room, instant respect from the players which is key. What he can do on the field depends on injuries, but I think if it works out he could be an asset.”
Carroll’s injury luck is going to determine how he fares on his return to Tyneside, but if he gets on the pitch he will surely be a handful.
He’s an old fashioned centre-forward that is strong in the air and could be a great weapon to have off the bench.
The left-footed striker is a low-risk addition considering it’s a one-year deal, but perhaps has a role to play under Bruce.