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Who Will Score Goals For Newcastle Now That Carroll Is Gone?


st james park Who Will Score Goals For Newcastle Now That Carroll Is Gone?

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When news broke that Newcastle had accepted a £35m+ offer from Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll I was intrigued. I said to a friend at the time it was win-win for the club, they either became £35 million richer or kept Andy Carroll.

The deal was finalized close to 11pm GMT and Carroll became the most expensive British player in history. The majority of the media chose to focus on what the future held for Liverpool having just spent over £50m on strikers and let Fernando Torres depart but what about Newcastle? By far the club’s most exciting prospect since the day’s of Paul Gascoigne and he is sold before even completing a season in the top flight.

The manager Alan Pardew has since confirmed the full £35 million will be re-invested in player acquisitions, however he was less keen to mention that the money would cover both transfer fees and wages. The club will need to fill the void left by Carroll. His goals were important but his aerial prowess cannot be found in any of the current roster of forwards. It’s likely Dane Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger will leave in the summer, the latter only on loan however.

So, who can fill Andy Carroll’s boots now that he’s gone?

Fans of Newcastle need not panic just yet. With the signings of Hatem Ben Arfa and to a much larger extent Cheike Tiote it would seem the club have a fantastic scouting network. It is with little doubt that period between now and July will be spent evaluating and identifying targets for the summer window.

The astronomical fee should also allow the club to improve the other weak areas of the squad. A backup for Spaniard Jose Enrique is a must. Youngsters Tamas Kadar and Shane Ferguson while having potential are not nearly ready for the demands of regular Premier League action. Depth on the wings while appearing not a necessity would benefit the squad. This issue has only been enhanced with the loan departure of Wayne Routledge to QPR, a surprising move when you consider how thin the squad already was.

The club did try and strengthen in the hours before the window closed. Bids for Wigan’s Charles N’zogbia were quickly turned down amid claims from Pardew that the club were quoted ‘extortionate’ fees. That of course is to be expected. If you have just come into £35 million pounds, clubs are going to try and squeeze a higher price… even more so if it’s hours before the transfer deadline.

However the one potential positive to come from January on Tyneside was the arrival of Stephen Ireland on loan from Aston Villa. The 24-year-old is the quintessential Mike Ashley signing, minimal risk. Young, cheap, and with potential for growth if the Irish midfielder can recapture the form of his time at Manchester City he may prove to be more shrewd business from those in charge at St James Park.

Away from the business side of the deal the sale will serve as a blow to the fans. It’s bad enough to lose your top striker but it’s made worse when he’s one of your own. Ignoring the blame game both sides are attempting to play, Carroll didn’t have to sign the contract with Liverpool. For him to agree to the move and speak of his joy at it will no doubt be a bitter pill to swallow for the fans who adored him so much and stuck by him during his off field issues. Yet in the long term if the club successfully reinvests the money the way Arsenal did with the sale of Nicolas Anelka then this may just prove to be the deal that elevates Newcastle back to the status of a top half side.

Who do you think will score goals for Newcastle now that Andy Carroll has left?

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12 Responses to Who Will Score Goals For Newcastle Now That Carroll Is Gone?

  1. Samuel says:

    n y isn’t shola ameobi’s name up there?

  2. Kevin Nolan has scored one less goal than Andy Carroll in the league this season. Newcastle are not a one man team. Before the Fulham game last night, Carroll wasn’t even in the squad for the previous four games, which we got 2 wins and 2 draws, and in the 2 draws we got should have won them but but we threw away the lead against the Mackems and Spurs. In those games, 6 different players scored for us.

    Not quite sure why Tiote, Ferguson and Kadar are on that list over the likes of Ameobi, Best and Nolan…

  3. hemphill says:

    Nobody. Championship, here we come!

  4. Kris says:

    Hi guys, yeah I agree my apologies my point originally was where does the money go, not so much where the goals will come from. Slight mix up with sub editing, apologies!

  5. Apparantly we are after Hulk from Porto although I’m not sure how true that is! Just hope the team can keep their concentration and carry on as they were, Fulham was a poor performance but they can bounce back I’m sure. If we stay up we can spend in the summer, hopefully we can keep hold of Enrique and Tiote too!

  6. Adam says:

    Most likely we are gonna struggle to score goals for the rest of the season, but it is not like we missed Andy last night as he is not fit. And he might not be back for a few weeks still (I have seen reports saying up to 2 months). Time for all the lads to step up- Nolan, Jonas, Besty, Ranger, etc. Hopefully by the end of March Shola, Ben Arfa, Ireland, and Gosling will all come back into the side and they should be able to create tons of chances and maybe even pop up with the odd goal. Haway the Lads.

  7. Fernando says:

    I guess the real question is whether Alan Pardew knows where the goals are going to come from.

  8. Thomas says:

    I’m going to continue to applaud this move by Newcastle.

    35million for a player with less than a full season of top flight football under his belt? That’s more than Villa was sold for!

    Sure some of the money will go into wages, but with this type of money on hand, there’s a lot of room for Newcastle to go after some cover in defense, as well as getting a few striking prospects.

    And what an astute observation about players like Ben Arfa. Newcastle aren’t in as much hot water as people say. They have a very solid midfield who can chip in goals.

    Rob has already pointed out that WITHOUT Carroll, NUFC have picked up a decent haul of points as of late.

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