Newcastle United could be set to offer former striker Andy Carroll a Premier League lifeline.
The big striker, recently released by West Ham, has had an up and down last few years thanks in part to a couple of serious injuries (which can be seen on Transfermarkt), and with his contract now up, he stands as a free agent ahead of the coming Premier League season.
However, new Newcastle manager Steve Bruce could be set to hand Carroll another chance in the top flight, with the Sun on Sunday reporting that Bruce could offer Carroll a route back to St. James’ Park following his spell with the club earlier in his career.
30-year-old Carroll was a homegrown product from the Magpies and made his debut with the club back in 2006. A big-money move to Liverpool followed but he struggled to hit his best form at Anfield (scored just six league goals), before moving on once more via a loan spell to West Ham.
Based on that, if Bruce is looking to play a direct style of football at St. James’ Park in the new campaign, then a Carroll return might not be the worst of ideas, especially when considering the club’s lack of forward options right now following the exits of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon.
His best goalscoring season for the Hammers came in 15/16 when he scored nine times in the Premier League in a campaign where he looked like he was back to his best again.
If he can stay fit and recapture similar form, perhaps this could end up being more than a sentimental homecoming.
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