It seems that Sam Allardyce needs to take a taste of his own medicine as the new West Brom is looking in the wrong place to resolve one of his biggest problems…
According to the Daily Mirror (via The Sun), Big Sam is eyeing a reunion with his former Hammers striker Andy Carroll in the upcoming transfer window.
It’s claimed that the 66-year-old will try to convince Steve Bruce into selling the 6 foot 4 colossus as he enters the final six months of his current contract in the north-east.
Speaking to reporters this week, Allardyce said he wouldn’t rush into panic buying in January, well, signing the struggling Magpies veteran would certainly say otherwise.
Carroll has not scored since he returned to Newcastle on a free transfer in 2019, and even then, his record in the top-flight is hardly outstanding – he’s bagged 57 goals in 237 matches.
That is an average of one goal every four matches, per Transfermarkt.
His return to United sparked a positive reaction from Danny Mills, who told Football Insider:
“If you can get him fit, and keep him fit, he’s a massive asset. He can be a game-changer, bring him on defensively obviously in the air. Chuck him up front and he’s still one of the best headers on goal around.”
Indeed, once upon a time, Carroll was an interesting proposition to have in attack, so much so that it secured him a £35m deal to Liverpool back in 2011, but his days are numbered.
Mainly because of his injury problems and fitness troubles.
He’s had six different injuries since the start of the 2017/18 season alone and this is not something that the Baggies can afford to take a gamble on as they are firmly in the relegation dogfight.
Even if they secure the £75k-per-week flop on the cheap, it will not be worth it if he plays less than a handful of games. They’re far better off turning to Charlie Austin or bringing in someone even more proven in the division.