Andy Carroll: Deal or No Deal?

After his side’s draw at Sunderland, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew once again reiterated his stance on the ongoing transfer saga that has dominated the January sales: where will Andy Carroll be playing his football this time next month? If you believe his boss, then Carroll will definitely still be a Magpie. But with recent press reports linking the striker with a £30 million move, should Pardew actually be tempted?

In terms of attacking ability, it would definitely be a huge blow to Newcastle. The 22-year-old was instrumental in the club’s swift return to the Premier League and has continued that good form into this season. Saying that though, every player has his price. And £30 million is a lot of money. It must have crossed Pardew’s mind how he would spend that money, should owner Mike Ashley let him anywhere near it.

So what is really more important to the future of Newcastle United? Keeping hold of your prized possession or cashing in and added 4 or 5 quality players to the ranks? On the face of things, I’m sure most fans would rather Carroll stay, even if he is worth £30 million. Pardew has maintained that even though Newcastle are a newly promoted club, they have ambition, and keeping his star names is a priority. It is an admirable ambition. Adding to the likes of Carroll, Steven Taylor and Kevin Nolan will obviously result in the Toon having another strong squad. But if they are to add to the nucleus of the team, questions have to be asked as to where exactly the money is going to come from.

Carroll is by no means irreplaceable. If Newcastle can use the money to find another striker to lead the line and then add some real class in behind him, the move may work out beneficial for all parties. Darren Bent has recently handed in a transfer request at Sunderland with reports of a big-money-move to Aston Villa. Although local rivalries would suggest signing Bent isn’t an option, Newcastle are just as an attractive destination as the Midlands club. Who is to say they cannot bring in players of that calibre? Bent’s transfer fee is said to around £18 million. Now, by my maths, that would leave Pardew another £12 million to play with. A new defender perhaps? Or maybe a replacement for the volatile Joey Barton?

It’s a big decision to make. In fairness to Pardew, selling his best player would be seen to be a negative move, and let’s be honest, after the way the club treated former manager Chris Hughton, it wouldn’t take a lot to upset the Geordie faithful.

In the long run though, selling Carroll could be a clever move to make. Players would come in and not only add quality to the ranks but competition for places. Bigger players have left bigger clubs and they have survived. Food for thought, Mr. Pardew…

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