Is Andy Carroll Newcastle United’s Missing Link?
Firstly, I want to praise the work done by the club in securing some exciting new recruits and as always, appearing to get value for money. The obvious talk has been the similarities to the speed on volume of signings and the similarities to the work done in January 2013.
However, there is an element that feels like Newcastle are simply restocking the shelves ahead of their next big sale a year down the line. Hey I’m not going to criticise the policy, after all who wants to be the next Leeds or Portsmouth?
That though doesn’t hide the reality that we are a top striker away from actually moving forward. Don’t get me wrong, there is a long way to go in this window but comments by AP would suggest Newcastle’s forward line is complete (notably no mention of HBA).
Now I’m sure many of you will agree with me that our latest striking recruit must surely replace Luuk De Jong, or at least Shola? The old reference to purple players would surely back up that argument?
Nevertheless, I’m a very positive toon fan right now and despite the fact we are in still on a positive net spend on players, it’s good business.
There is very little doubt a top no 9 is needed still , so let’s wait and see, but history suggests when the transfer conveyor belt stops then it never gets going again, especially towards the end of the window.
Now I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea but the old Carroll rumours started again this week and I for one would love him back. I feel he is everything that Pardew wants from a centre forward and despite many people’s views, I believe he would fit perfectly into our system as the lone no 9.
West Ham’s recent 15million signing (Enner Valencia) says more replacement than companion for Carroll. I believe they are willing to cash in and now might be the time to take what would be unquestionably a punt on AC, one I think that is worth it!
It’s been ‘so far so good’ in the transfer window, now it’s time to make that next step.
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