Andy Carroll has endured yet another frustrating injury hit season with West Ham, in fact his career has stuttered since his £35 million move to Liverpool in January 2011. In the four years since, that transfer fee has proved to be the inflated price that most predicted at the time.
Of course he has shown glimpses, including a brilliant display for England in Euro 2012 against Sweden. Sam Allardyce brought him to West Ham to lead the line and base the team around him. However he has never had a sustained run in the side and although he has proved his talent, he isn't proving to be worth the £15 million The Hammers paid. That is not to say he isn't good enough for this level, or indeed to eventually live up to his transfer fees.
West Ham are paying big wages for him and this season have shown that they can cope extremely well without him in the team. Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have proved to be shrewd signings for the club, whilst Mauro Zarate is also beginning to shine.
Moving Carroll on in January or at the end of the season wouldn't be the worst thing for West Ham to do. Carroll would surely welcome a return to familiar ground at Newcastle where he was adored until his transfer to Liverpool. He would be settled back in his hometown, and one would think he might be willing to reduce his wage demands in order to wear the black and white stripes once more.
The 25-year-old has unfinished business with Newcastle United, and despite their impressive form of late they are still short of a striker. Ayoze Perez has caught the eye, but there isn't much depth in terms of strikers at the club. Papiss Cisse has been hit and miss, whilst Emmanuel Riviere has yet to get off the mark. Having one of their own to cheer on from Gallowgate End will ignite the fans who are so often berating the manager and chairman.