Newcastle United’s prospective new owners will look to bin fan favourite Andy Carroll after the takeover in the northeast is completed, former Leeds United and Manchester City defender Danny Mills has told Football Insider.
He suggested that the incoming owners will not offer the 31-year-old a new deal due to question marks over his fitness. The striker’s current pay-as-you-play deal will expire on 30 June but he may be in line for a short-term contract after the Premier League unanimously agreed players’ contracts could be extended until the end of the season due to the situation with the global pandemic.
However, Mills claims the incoming owners will not hand the former England international a new deal ahead of next year, saying: “I suggest the reason he has not played that much is because he is on a pay-as-you-play deal. He has only had a couple of half games.
“The new owners have come in and I would suggest the new owners will come in and take a realistic approach to it. They will know that he is a fans’ favourite but he has no played enough football. It is as simple as that. I assume they will say, ‘thank you very much but we are now looking for the next level of quality.’ They will want players that are fit and ready to play.”
Indeed, Carroll has managed to play the full 90 minutes in just three games so far this campaign, making 14 appearances in all competitions and providing four assists, according to Transfermarkt. Based on this, one could argue that he would not be a huge loss to the club, especially after the proposed takeover when buying a shiny new striker may be more attainable.
However, Carroll is arguably still a fans’ favourite, having scored 33 goals and made 25 assists in 105 games in all competitions for the Tyneside club, as per Transfermarkt. Whether this would be enough to persuade the Saudi-led consortium to keep him is another question, but Mills certainly believes that it might time to wave goodbye to Carroll again.
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Nevertheless, if it means a new goal machine comes in for the Magpies, then losing him may soon be forgotten by some members of the Toon faithful.
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