Steve Bruce has said he’s fairly relaxed about an apparent clause in Andy Carroll’s contract which would trigger an automatic new deal.
The injury prone striker has missed the last 8 weeks, and suffered a recent setback with his hamstring after attempting a volley in training.
It is thought, according to The Chronicle, that playing over 20 games would see Carroll automatically be offered a new one year deal – and he is currently on 14 with no return date scheduled.
The club and player are said to be looking to reassess the situation in the summer, which is understandable. After all, he’s only managed four starts all season and can’t be a player we pin our hopes on if he’s incapable of staying fit.
It was a signing that divided fans in the summer, with the critics labelling it nothing more than a PR stunt.
It was however a completely risk free signing. His basic wage is reported to be amongst the lowest in the first team squad, with substantial goal and appearance bonuses.
He hasn’t scored yet and can’t play at the moment so Mike Ashley must be absolutely over the moon with the way this one has worked out.
Also, can you imagine what it did for Ashley’s ego to sell something for £35m and get in back for free..