Andy Townsend verdict on Newcastle United signing Andy Carroll
Andy Townsend has been talking about the return of Andy Carroll to St James Park.
The striker returning as a free agent eight and a half years after leaving for Liverpool in a helicopter, with Mike Ashley pocketing £35m.
The return of Andy Carroll to NUFC was picked out as one of five key talking points from deadline day and Andy Townsend was in no doubt.
The former player declaring ‘I think for Newcastle that is a no-brainer.’
Since Newcastle United were promoted in 2017, Andy Carroll has only made 10 Premier League starts and completed the full 90 minutes in only four of them.
Andy Townsend obviously seeing the 30 year old as being more of an impact sub and states ‘He has to accept that he is not going to play every week and is happy to affect matches.’
Obviously it has been Carroll’s injury record that has been become legendary over the years, rather than his playing one, so the BBC Sport pundit thinks the striker ‘has to have a change of mentality in the way he thinks and the way he prepares.’
When it comes to success for failure, Andy Townsend thinks that if Andy Carroll is available for 25 matches then ‘it could be a good bit of business.’
Which is of course the key and what people have said throughout these past six years or more, if Andy Carroll stays fit etc etc.
Steve Bruce has already said it will be weeks before there is any chance of Carroll being involved as he has to get fit first.
So it is all but certain that the earlier possible involvement would be after the two week international break, meaning he will miss the first four games surely and the League Cup second round.
The game after the international break in five weeks time? Away to Liverpool and Andy Carroll coming off the bench to score the winner?
We can dream…but first we need to get him on the pitch first.
Andy Townsend speaking to BBC Sport:
“I think for Newcastle that is a no-brainer.
“Andy knows that when he’s asked to play week in week out his body lets him down.
“So he has to accept that he is not going to play every week and is happy to affect matches.
“I think he has to have a change of mentality in the way he thinks and the way he prepares.
“If he is available for 25 games – set yourself a target – it could be a good bit of business.”
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