Usually, scoring just one goal over two seasons would leave a striker with no chance of getting a new contract, however that is not the case with Andy Carroll and former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey believes that the striker is good to have at the club.
Carroll was reportedly earning a huge £75,000 per week last season and after being handed just four starts in the Premier League it appeared to be the end for the striker, but reports have claimed that the club have offered him a new deal – although there is no decision from the player yet.
The 32-year-old made a name for himself after coming through Newcastle’s academy and bursting onto the scene in 2010 when he netted 11 goals before earning himself a big-money move to Liverpool on deadline day.
If Carroll was to be kept on at the club he would likely want to be guaranteed more first-team minutes as he failed to appear in the club’s final 12 games, but even if he isn’t a regular Howey believes that the striker is a good asset to have around the club, as he explained exclusively to Football FanCast:
“I‘ve got no doubt that he is a big presence in the dressing room so I would be pleased if he stops, as I’ve been a big advocate for him and I think he’s a good asset to have when you need to throw him on because defenders just do not like playing against him.”
Carroll has managed to make 43 appearances in the last two seasons and none of his performances will have done anything to impress Steve Bruce and his WhoScored rating of 6.31 from last season suggests he may be lucky to get a new deal.
Callum Wilson was the main man for Newcastle last season and with the likes of Josh King set to be offered to the Magpies, Carroll could see his place even on the bench under threat next season if he commits to another year on Tyneside.