Newcastle United confirmed the signing of free agent Andy Carroll on deadline day after he had been released by West Ham United.
However, he won’t be available straight away due to injury, though Craig Hope, the North East football correspondent for The Daily Mail, has detailed that a realistic time for him to return is against Liverpool on September 14th.
This would see the striker miss Newcastle’s first four league games of the season.
This is Carroll’s second spell at St. James’ Park and in his first he played 90 games in all competitions for Newcastle, scoring 33 goals and assisting 21, as per Transfermarkt.
His final season with the club, which ended with a January move to Liverpool, was highly impressive as he scored 11 Premier League goals and assisted seven in just 19 games.
However, he hasn’t been able to reach form near that ever since – during his spell with his most recent side West Ham, he managed 134 games, scoring 34 and assisting 17.
His final season summarises how much he struggled towards the end, as he started just three league games, coming on as a substitute nine times and failed to score a single Premier League goal – the only time he hit the net was in an FA Cup win against Birmingham City.
Newcastle will be hoping Carroll can avoid the injuries that have plagued his career and recapture some of the form he showed during his first spell at St. James’ Park.
The club will likely need to be patient with him, but he has shown in the past he has the potential to make an impact on the pitch when he returns to action.
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