In his first spell on Tyneside, Carroll, who is valued at £2.88 million (as per Transfermarkt), bagged 33 goals for the St. James’ Park outfit, helping them win promotion back to the Premier League in the 2009/10 season before joining Liverpool in a £35m deal.
However, things have not gone as well the second time around. A lack of form has seen the former England international score just one top-flight goal over the last 18 months, with the likes of Callum Wilson and Joelinton preferred by Steve Bruce to lead the attack.
It’s still unclear whether the club will extend his current contract, which expires over the summer, and his lack of game time has led to the ex-Liverpool man telling Newcastle’s own media team (via The Chronicle) that it is ‘frustrating sitting on the bench’ – a statement that Newcastle fans had little sympathy with:
“Might do a job in the championship…”
“We’re frustrated when we watch Carroll. Out of his depth!”
“Get rid…waste of space now..”
“Looking at life in the Championship and the fact that Gayle is leaving it’s likely we’ll need him…”
“I would be keen to for 10 grand a week for training”
“On that note, if we go down, get rid of Bruce and have to sell our best, what sort of team could we put out?”
It’s pretty clear that Carroll’s best days are behind him, and he may be better off moving to a club that will offer him regular minutes, given that he is fast approaching the twilight of his career.