Andy Carroll could be the “bargain of the season” for Newcastle United, according to the Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards.
In a post to his personal Twitter that also suggested that Carroll’s deadline day to his boyhood club was done and dusted, the reporter was quick to emphasise how much of a success the big striker could be on Tyneside.
He said: “This deal is now done. Welcome home Big Andy.
“If Newcastle can get 25-30 games out of him it could be the bargain of the season. He will score goals if he plays.
“Good thing is the deal is incentivised for him to get and stay fit.”
You can understand why Edwards is excited, but this is a big, big claim from the reporter. Carroll is a unique proposition for opposition defenders, and he has the potential to wreak havoc wherever he goes, but there are so many question marks over his fitness that you can’t help feeling wary. It’s safe to say that incentivising his deal is a smart move from the Magpies, but the fact of the matter is that if he is injured, he is injured. Carroll could be a roaring success, and you would hope that the motivation of him playing in front of his home crowd will help spur him on into being just that, but his injuries have taken their toll, and he is not the same player he was when he was averaging 9.1 aerial duels won per game for West Ham back in 2016/17, as per Whoscored. You would hope there is life in the old dog yet, but honestly, who can say for certain?