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Carroll Could Realise World Class Potential At Newcastle

9 years ago

So I know what you’re thinking?

Well actually I don’t, as it seems we are quite divided over whether or not to make an effort to re-sign Andy Carroll.

I’m firmly in the camp that believes we most certainly should. Do you remember how we all felt when he was sold?

If you would have asked every one of us back then whether we would have him back for less than half what Liverpool paid us then we would have been a solid 100% I’m sure.

So what has changed?

Well, our Andy has had a difficult time moving away from what he knows and was never really given a chance at Liverpool, who even under Dalglish had a style of play that often made you wonder what role Andy was signed to play in that side.

As we know, strikers play on confidence and it seemed that some at Liverpool were very quick to dismiss the big man and it saw him slide over the first season. He did however, have some decent moments but the occasional glaring miss in the heat of battle showed a distinct lack of confidence that he never fully seemed to get over at Liverpool.

Last year, hampered by injuries he has shown in part the quality he has and I for one would like to see us bring him back. From what I read it is what he wants too and we have surely had enough of signing players that don’t really want to play for us. He is one of our own, loves the club and would give everything he has.

In terms of tactics he would suit the way Pardew wishes to play far better than Cisse, who although he’s maybe a better finisher poses no real threat physically and aerially in comparison to Carroll. Pardew seems intent on playing with one up front which immediately screams ‘target man’ and in Andy we have one far better suited than Cisse, who often seems lost when trying to ‘hold up the ball’.

Pardew would play Carroll up front with Goufrann supporting form the left and Ben Arfa from the right with Sissoko surging through from the middle. It would allow the negatively minded Pardew the chance to have 5 midfielders (all playing behind the ball when we are not in possession).

My final reason for the signing of Andy Carroll is ‘who else could we get?’, I have seen it mentioned that Aubameyang is our number one target and I must admit I would love to see this happen. He has a lot of what Carroll has but is more mobile, quicker and technically a better player.

However, I see him going to a club that can offer him European football and maybe more money than we would ever pay. I have seen reports that Samuel Eto is trying to bring him to Russia and that seems more logical. In fact, other than Graham Carr unearthing a gem (such as Benteke last year) I don’t really see anyone else that would suit either us or them.

I was a fan of Wilfried Bony but after watching many games I see he is too slow for the premier league and lacks the mobility needed. He is a finisher and strong as a bull, reminds me a lot of Tony Yeboah, the thick thighed powerhouse from Ghana that lit up Elland Road for a while. Trouble is the Premier league has moved on since the mid 90s and the game is much faster now. I don’t see Bony as having the pace to make as much impact in England as he has elsewhere.

There are few top strikers around that I have confidence in being able to improve our side and when you factor in the cost and whether they really want to play for us, I’m left thinking that we have little in the way of options available.

So with no real options why not bring back Andy Carroll, who in my opinion has the potential of becoming a world class player when played regularly in a system that suits him. When he played (in his brief chances) with England at the European Championships he looked like our best player. He was a constant threat and caused panic and nervousness. He is just what we need and he is one of our own.

Bring him back.



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