The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder reports that Andy Carroll is set to be handed a new one year extension at Newcastle United – keeping him on Tyneside for at least another season.
Carroll has yet to score since his return to Tyneside but has chipped in with four assists this season, and it is thought that Steve Bruce is keen to keep the former Liverpool man here for the short-term.
The report also reveals how Carroll has helped record signing Joelinton throughout his struggles this season – with this influence off the pitch and impact as a late sub contributing to a one-year extension for the 31-year-old.
He is a big presence in the dressing-room, and he will remain on his pay-as-you-play contract, rumoured to be a basic £20,000 a week rising up to £70,000 if he manages to make the starting XI and score.
Some may disagree, but I too think he should be given another year at the club. You could say purely by default, due to our current squad hardly brimming with goal scoring options, but he does offer something others don’t and gives us some valuable experience and know-how.
He genuinely wants to be here, and keeping him for another year appears to be a low-risk move given the contract he is on. If it doesn’t work out, so what? He’ll certainly offer more than Jack Colback – the recently released midfielder who earned a rumoured £50,000 per-week just to train!
Our priority this summer should still be to sign a striker, mind. Gayle and Muto need to be moved on and that would leave us with just goal-shy Joelinton at our disposal – so there is far worse we can do right now than to give big Andy another season.
After all, a fearless 6ft 4′ local lad willing to do anything to get Newcastle to an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley could definitely ruffle up that shaky Manchester City backline this weekend!