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Former Newcastle United striker doesn’t want Carroll back

CarrollNewcastle United fans in The Transfer Tavern playing pool are discussing news that a former striker of theirs is critical of news that a former homegrown striker could be coming back to the club.

The Chronicle is reporting that Mick Quinn is not convinced by a move for West Ham United striker Andy Carroll, and that the club should just recall the talent of Adam Armstrong from his loan spell at League One side Coventry City.

Reports emerged yesterday that Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was plotting a move for Carroll once the transfer window opens up in January.

Carroll left the club back in 2011 when he joined Liverpool for £35 million, and Quinn firmly believes its pace up front that is required and not the presence of a big target man as the club already possess that in Alexander Mitrovic. Writing in his column for The Chronicle, Quinn said:

“I wrote last week that I thought Adam Armstrong would be ready to fight for a first-team place on Tyneside come January and I really feel he is the sort of forward who would be ideal alongside Mitrovic.”

“He may be just 18 years of age but the 12 goals he has scored already this season will have filled him with confidence. Sure it would be a gamble but I believe it’s definitely one worth taking. Armstrong is quick, could run on to the end of Mitrovic’s flick-ons and runs, and he is a finisher. In my opinion, he’s exactly what United need.”

“Around this time of year, season after season, we hear these same rumours linking Carroll with a return to St James’ Park. But I don’t believe it would be a signing that would make sense for Newcastle. They need a goalscorer, not another battering ram.”

“If United are going to bring one Geordie back to Tyneside in January, my vote would not be going to Carroll – it’d be going to Armstrong.”

The Newcastle fans in The Transfer Tavern are in agreement with Quinn that the youngster should be given a chance at St James Park, but would also like to see Carroll turn out in the black and white stripes once more.

Newcastle fans, which striker is better suited to your club? Let us know in the comments below!

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