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‘Shock Newcastle move for Andy Carroll’ – The only shock would have been if no headline claiming it…

3 years ago
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Sunday morning has seen headline news in various newspapers, saying that Steve Bruce could be set to sign Andy Carroll.

Difficult to see where the story first started (this time!) but words like Newcastle make shock move’ are being used.

Well I’m sorry but we would only be shocked if we weren’t seeing these claims.

Pretty much every one of these 17 transfer windows since he left St James Park, we have seen the exact same story. A bit like a broken clock, they might eventually be proved right…

So back in the real world, what are the chances of Andy Carroll now finally signing once again for Newcastle United.

One positive is that there is no transfer fee to pay as West Ham gave him the push.

The previous transfer window, saw claims (see below) that Rafa Benitez was going to swap Jonjo Shelvey for Andy Carroll. It all sounded a little unlikely as whilst Shelvey wasn’t exactly in favour with Rafa, quite clearly he still had and has a decent transfer value, as opposed to Andy Carroll who I am pretty sure the Hammers would happily have let go for nothing in January to get him off the wage bill.

I have seen the same old arguments raging on social media back and forwards after this morning’s headlines, people saying well if you can get him fit he is a right handful etc whilst the other opinion is that well…he’s never fully fit and hasn’t been for years.

Newcastle fans have said it would make sense to get him only on a pay as you play but that is not reality, clubs are desperate for potential goals (nobody more so than Newcastle) and reality is that some clubs will offer him a proper contract. You won’t get Andy Carroll agreeing to a deal where it is odds on he won’t get paid anything! Or at least, not very often.

His record shows that in the eight and a half years since being sold for £35m by NUFC, Andy Carroll has started 110 Premier League games (and 60 sub appearances) and scored 39 goals, averaging around 13 starts and 5 goals in that time.

However, these past two years Carroll has only started 10 PL games (18 sub appearances) and scored 3 goals.

I have counted up 22 separate spells out with injury since leaving Newcastle and the latest of those saw him miss the last few months of 2018/19 with an ankle injury.

After all the lunacy regarding Mike Ashley refusing to allow Rafa Benitez to buy Rondon and other targets because of age, Andy Carroll now being signed would just take this summer’s madness to a whole new level…

The Mag – 3 January 2019:

Andy Carroll set for a move back to Newcastle United.

News that greets you every year as you take down the Christmas decorations.

The only amazing thing is that it has taken three days into the transfer window before somebody claims this is going to happen, again, and again, and again.

Andy Carroll turns 30 on Sunday and has scored three Premier League goals in the past 21 months in between long spells of lying down in the treatment room.

You can obviously see why this is exactly what Newcastle would need in the final months of the season…

The embarrassing claims are carried by the Express.

Their story claiming that a swap deal could be on the cards for Jonjo Shelvey.

So would that be them offering £15m for Shelvey or £25m plus Andy Carroll?

Shelvey hasn’t been at his best due to injuries and lack of form but if Newcastle are going to survive he has a key part to play this season, especially with Ki Sung-yeung away until February.

As for Carroll, he shuffled around last night for 45 minutes before being subbed for West Ham, his first Premier League start in exactly 12 months.

Surely the only way that anybody would take Andy Carroll on now is on a pay as you go basis, which in reality would end up in not many games and not much money having to be shelled out.

The Express – Thursday 3 January 2019:

‘Carroll returned to first team action last night against Brighton but toiled for 45 minutes before being hooked.

The nine-time England international is one of the top earners at the club but has been blighted by injuries throughout his career.

The 29-year-old has made just one start and six substitute appearances all season without finding the net.

His contract is up in the summer and West Ham are now looking at ways to cut their losses before losing him on a free.

Reliable West Ham news source @ExWHUemployee tweeted that he’d been told the club were looking at a deal with Newcastle that would include Shelvey coming in return.

Newcastle are desperate for more fire power and a return to the north would appeal to Carroll.

@ExWHUemployee was asked if the club were going to be able to ship Carroll out this month.

And he said: “Well I heard yesterday we were trying to do a swap deal with Jonjo Shelvey from someone at the ground (told you I would tweet it) although that was the first I had heard of it so not sure how much substance there is.“

Shelvey has started just eight times this season despite Newcastle’s struggles and West Ham are looking at options to bolster their midfield.’

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