Andy Carroll has been tipped with a return to his former club Newcastle United.
If Newcastle can come up with the £17-18 million that it will take to bring Andy Carroll home then they will take care of the additional striker spot, they have needed to cover ever since Demba Ba left the club.
However, it may not be the best signing for the club due to a number of reasons which could have a direct impact on the way Newcastle play football and the way they perform.
Newcastle are a team filled with high quality midfield players, who are good on the ball and like to pass the ball through to the strikers. Ultimately, that is the perfect way for them to play.
The fact Carroll has never made the cut at Liverpool because he doesn’t fit in with that style should be a major concern for Newcastle fans, because if they re-sign him, it suggests they aren’t thinking about playing football this way.
It suggests that they could be going for a more Stoke-like approach to their normal style, which takes emphasis away from many of the natural qualities which Newcastle have.
It’s naïve of me to suggest that Newcastle have always been a slick passing team because they haven’t. One of the reasons Demba Ba did so well at the club is because of how good he is turning long balls into something effective.
Carroll could do the same job but it would be counter productive in the respect that it would be a move back to that style of football, when Newcastle have all of the components to get the team playing very attractive football.
Another of the main reasons Carroll has never quite made it at Liverpool is because he demands to be in the team. Whether that’s an ego thing or he just thinks he’s that good, it’s a problem.
If Alan Pardew gives into that sort of pressure then he will have to start building the team around Carroll, as opposed to better ball players such as Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa or Moussa Sissoko.
Another of the rumours doing the rounds at the moment concerns Ben Arfa, with a couple of sources tipping Newcastle to allow him to go to Anfield in a swap deal for the big striker.
That in itself would be a catastrophic move considering Ben Arfa is one of the most talented attacking players at the club right now and someone that Newcastle must hang onto if they want to break into the top half of the table next season.
That deal would effectively be taking away one of the quickest, slickest and best creative players in the side and replacing him with a player who is at his best, when Newcastle are hitting the ball long in hope more than with any direction.
Is Carroll going back to Newcastle a good move?
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