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‘Andy Carroll edging closer’ to full fitness is a headline we’ll be seeing a few times more…

1 year ago

Andy Carroll arrived at Newcastle United on deadline day last month, just as he had departed on deadline day eight and a  half years earlier.

In what looked a clearly orchestrated decision, the club waited until that final day of the transfer window to ensure the story was all about the returning hero/superstar/whatever, in an attempt to distract from the failure to properly strengthen the squad properly.

Having lost your only two goalscorers, replacing them with Andy Carroll and a 22 year old who has a best season so far of eight goals in the Austrian League, looks like yet another massive gamble from Mike Ashley.

The positive stories pushed out by the club and the local media, especially the Chronicle, has been overwhelming.

Absolutely no looking at the bigger picture, just story after story about what a great signing Andy Carroll is, this has carried on day after day, week after week.

The latest Chronicle reporting on  Wednesday night:

‘Andy Carroll edging closer

Newcastle United are enjoying a few days off as they build up to the Liverpool game in 10 days’ time.

While the players are off, Andy Carroll continues to make decent progress – and can realistically target the Anfield game…’

I have a feeling that ‘Andy Carroll edging closer…’ could be a headline we are going to see an awful lot of this season.

For me, any sensible normal club if buying  somebody like Andy Carroll, would have done the minimal publicity when he came in, said ‘Look, he’s nowhere near being ready to play, so we will be keeping a low profile with him, working quietly with him at the training ground, then when/if he is in a position to get involved with the first team squad on a matchday, we will take it from there…’

It is embarrassing having all of these positive over the top stories and desperation for clicks by the media, for a player who logic says will be lucky to play any kind of significant part in Newcastle’s season.

Yes, we all know that Andy Carroll can be a right handful when fully fit and playing but that is purely wishful thinking when you visit the real world.

In the past 29 months he has only started 10 Premier League games and scored three goals. He will turn 31 in January so age isn’t really on his side either, especially with him being a big target man with such a disastrous injury/fitness record already.

If Newcastle were in a position where they had any number of strikers and other goalscorers in the team, then signing Carroll for the season would have maybe been a decent gamble.

However, that clearly wasn’t the case, it should have been a case of signing Joelinton and another goalscorer, plus Andy Carroll. Instead of putting the club/Steve Bruce in a position where Carroll needs to contribute you feel if Newcastle are going to be in any way comfortable this season.

Somebody who was injured when he signed and we were told it would take a few weeks to get fit and available, which has now become four or five weeks (five or six weeks from when he signed) before any chance of seeing him according to Steve Bruce three weeks ago (see below).

Bruce and Mike Ashley knew Dwight Gayle was injured, hadn’t been involved in pre-season and the head coach still hasn’t even seen him train as yet, despite that we signed another injured striker with a terrible record of never being fit.

Here’s hoping I’m wrong and Andy Carroll picks up where he left off in 2011 when he scored 11 goals in 19 Premier League games before being sold mid-season in January 2011.

Until he gets on the pitch though, I think the talking needs to stop.

Steve Bruce talking about Andy Carroll ahead of Norwich – 16 August 2019:

“He (Andy Carroll) is doing a bit of running.

“We still think he could be four or five weeks away.

“Although I think really we shouldn’t put a timescale on him.

“He will be ready and fit when he is ready.

“Timescales can leave him and everybody else disappointed.

“I am sure he will be able to play a big part and then hopefully he stays all right.

“It’s only been a week since he walked through the door.

“The other day we had a meeting with the strikers and he had his say.

“The other players in the canteen all want to be around him.

“They are looking to feed off his experience.

“He has know-how, knows exactly what Newcastle is about, all of that can only be a positive.

“The biggest positive of all is seeing him back on the training ground…because if we can get this lad fit, we know he is a smashing player as well.”


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