Free agent Andy Carroll has been speaking about his past couple of years at Newcastle United.
The striker departed the club in the summer when his contract expired.
He rather left out the back door, with the club not even announcing his exit.
Instead, Newcastle communicated which players had been handed extensions. Carroll was merely left off the lift.
It was a very underwhelming couple of years for Carroll in his second stint with the club.
There was an element of romance attached to his return, but across his 43 appearances the second time around, he scored just one goal.
Despite his poor goal return, Carroll says he was surprised he wasn’t retained by the club.
He has also claimed that he was fit to play most of the time, and that he was a good trainer.
He told Alan Shearer in an interview for The Athletic: “Without a doubt (I was surprised), yeah. I mean, 100 percent I wanted to be there and could have played more last season, I could be playing there this season.
“I didn’t really get a run out at Newcastle and was in and out and in again. And I was fit all season. The stats say that for 43 games, I was available for 40 of them. I was training every day; I think I was in the top four in training throughout the year.”
Despite seemingly being one of the best in training, Steve Bruce often overlooked Carroll. Only four of his 18 Premier League appearances last term were starts.
Carroll situation is really strange
The departure of Carroll remains somewhat difficult to understand.
He is obviously no longer a top Premier League player, but he surely could have been of some use to Newcastle this term, especially since there were no striker incomings.
At the end of the day, he can be a handful.
His comments about being one of the top trainers are quite surprising.
And the fact he was fit most of the time makes it hard to understand why Bruce did not play him more.