Andy Carroll – Greatest Newcastle United Transfer Deal Ever
I think there is no doubt now that Andy Carroll has been the best bit of transfer business ever done by Newcastle United. I still think a replacement should have been lined up at the time but when you look at that eyewatering amount now, thirty five million pounds, you do have to pinch yourself that it did really happen.
Looking back through our history I don’t think there are many players you can think of where Newcastle overwhelmingly got the best of the deal.
Getting the money back on Kieron Dyer was a bonus, as was selling French world cup winner Stephane Guivarc’h after he had only been here two minutes was pretty good going when we saw how rubbish he was.
In hindsight some would claim getting the fees we got for Les Ferdinand and Jonathon Woodgate was a success because they never reached the same heights mainly due to injury, I would disagree as they were two great players and who knows how differently things would have happened if they’d stayed at St.James’ Park.
It is maybe easier to analyse the incoming transfer deals;
Shearer might have cost £15m but for me was worth every penny, breaking every goalscoring record going.
Andy Cole arrived for under £2m and as well as confirming our promotion he was the undoubted star as he smashed in the goals that put us third and into Europe in our ‘difficult’ first season in the Premier League.
Or Robert Lee, for £700,000 you got a player who was here throughout the whole re-emergence under Keegan and ten years brilliant service at right wing, attacking central midfielder and finally defensive midfield.
Of course then what about Peter Beardsley, our best ever signing twice?! Many fans argue he is NUFC’s greatest ever player and I wouldn’t argue. Picked up for a song in 1983, won promotion and showed some of the greatest skills we’ve ever seen.
Then….he came back and did it all again in 1993, Kevin Keegan allegedly not being altogether truthful to John Hall as to Pedro’s age but he knew what a player he could be for promoted Newcastle. The skills hadn’t gone away and he formed superb partnerships with Andy Cole and then the one with Les Ferdinand that almost won us the Title. Finally settling in behind Shearer and Ferdinand to give us days like the Manchester United 5-0.
We all hope that Ba, Cisse or Ben Arfa could one day surpass all of the above in terms of greatest signings, that would undoubtedly mean by winning trophies.
So is Carroll the best bit of transfer business or is it Shearer, Beardsley, whoever?
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