Striker Andy Carroll became the most expensive British footballer of all time when he was sold by Newcastle United to Liverpool for £35m in January 2011. Now the Daily Mail carry the quote from Alan Pardew who has admitted he would love to bring Carroll back to St James’ Park.
Andy Carroll began his youth career at Newcastle United and graduated from their academy via a loan spell at Preston North End. Carroll played 80 league matches for the Geordies, his most prolific season being the 2009/10 Championship campaign where he netted 17 times in 39 ties. The 2010/11 season started well with 11 goals in 19 Premier League fixtures and that attracted Liverpool to purchase him for the record fee of £35m.
Carroll’s time at Anfield was seriously affected by injury but even when he did feature, goals weren’t forthcoming. In the 2011/12 season he appeared in 35 of 38 league matches but could only net 4 times and so in 2012/13 Carroll was sent out on loan to West Ham United where he scored 7 in 24 Premier League showings. Sam Allardyce was impressed by the Englishman and the tall forward completed a £15m move to Upton Park last summer. However injuries hit again and ruined his campaign whilst also disrupting the start of this one too.
Carroll has earned 9 caps for England and has previously said he is very happy in London with West Ham, a club who have shown faith in him. Carroll’s issue is though that the Hammers seem to have found a new star in Diafra Sakho so they may be willing to let him leave should the right bid come in.
Alan Pardew, Newcastle United boss, has fuelled speculation of a Toon return by saying: “I think he would (want to come back one day), and I hope he does come back to his hometown. He has got that love here. I really enjoyed working with Andy. I think he’s a terrific player. I know we get linked with him every two weeks, which is always probably going to happen whether it’s me or another manager. So I’m not going to hide from the fact that I like him. I’m not sure that it’s something that’s imminent for us in this window, because he looks fairly happy to me at West Ham.”
Newcastle United fans, Pardew wants Carroll, do you?