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‘Would Peter Crouch out of retirement have provided better value than Joelinton and Andy Carroll?’

1 year ago
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What would have represented better value for money last summer…Newcastle United signing Joelinton and Andy Carroll, or getting a retired Peter Crouch? No seriously, go with me on this.

Back in August, when it was rumoured Newcastle United were planning on re-signing Andy Carroll, I did laugh.

Apart from me thinking any deal would be completely pointless and a waste of time, I simply didn’t think it would ever happen for two main reasons, the obvious one is his lengthy injury record. The second being that I couldn’t envisage a 30 year old player being signed under the Mike Ashley transfer blueprint.

Now as it turned out we got Andy back until the end of the season. Whoopie! Even on a pay as you play deal, this was a poor move and one that was never likely to end well. You simply can’t guarantee that he will be on the field often enough to have a meaningful impact, if at all.

Head Coach Steve Bruce informed us last week that ‘Big Andy’ had recently upped his training sessions to two a week. Well now that Carroll has picked up the inevitable injury, it’s probably best to be safe and knock that back down to one and minimise the risk, for I have never seen a player be such an injury risk. Made of glass indeed.

Back when the story was mooted, I did jokingly say to some people that we should just go out and offer the then recently retired former Stoke and Liverpool striker Peter Crouch £10m to play for us, just for this season. It caused a chuckle at the time. I’m not sure people would look at it in such jest right now.

If Crouch had simply played football on the beach for an hour and a half whilst on holiday, he would have played more minutes football than Andy Carroll has in the eleven games he could have played in while he’s been at Newcastle.

In signing Joelinton – for whatever he cost and bringing back Andy Carroll, for whatever he’s getting per appearance, a lot of money has been wasted and on what? Well, the answer is nothing.

If Joelinton has cost the reported £40m the club say he has then someone needs sacking.

If he’s cost the £20m that Mike Ashley himself said that Rafa Benitez valued him at, then we’ve paid a few million over the odds.

That’s a hell of a lot of money for a return of just one goal.

£10m for Peter Crouch? Anyone?

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