According to north-east reporter David Coverdale, Andy Carroll’s ‘basic salary’ is less than £22,500 – but he’ll earn up to £70,000 if and when he starts.
This means the 30-year-old will earn less than a quarter of the £90,000 wage he was reportedly on at West Ham when he’s not named in the starting 11, highlighting how much of a pay-cut he’s been prepared to take following his return to Tyneside.
That said, he’ll soon be earning huge money once again if he gets himself fully fit and into Steve Bruce’s starting 11 on a regular basis.
Considering how much we lacked a plan B as we ‘pushed’ for an equaliser against Arsenal at the weekend, his potential return to full fitness can not come quick enough.
That said, I back Joelinton and fellow attackers Almiron and Saint-Maximin to come good once we find a system that works. The Brazilian has plenty strings to his bow, but there’s only so much he can do when left as isolated as he was at times on Sunday.
Hopefully we can quickly get to grips with the new system (whether it’s to be 3-5-2 or 3-4-3) and get the likes of Andy Carroll up to speed ASAP – with him being just the sort of substitute and dominating presence we could’ve done with over the weekend.