TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has criticised Newcastle United for the 2019 signing of Andy Carroll.
The Magpies talisman has struggled for game time and form since checking in for a second spell with the North East-based club.
The 32-year-old failed to find the net during 21 appearances last season, struggling with a series of niggling injuries in the process.
This season he has started just twice, with eight further appearances coming off the bench.
He has scored just once, however, and as Newcastle struggle for form, Cascarino has questioned the thought process.
He told TalkSPORT: “Andy Carroll, when Newcastle took him I was scratching my head. Not because I don’t like him, because I do, but his goal return is dreadful.
“You have to go back to the 2016/17 campaign when he got seven goals in one season. After that the most he’s got is three in one season as a centre-forward.”
Carroll will hope to get himself some more action tonight when the Magpies take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
It does seem likely that Callum Wilson will once again spearhead the Magpies attack, however.
Is Cascarino right regarding Carroll?
You have to agree that he does have a point.
Carroll’s second coming at St James’ Park hasn’t gone according to plan whatsoever.
It was also anticipated that the experienced performer would only arrive as another option from the bench but his form hasn’t been great.
He’s not produced the goods when called upon and that probably has hampered his chances of playing more.
Carroll’s best days look behind him with his current form a far cry from the days when he scored twice in nine appearances for England.
The challenge for Steve Bruce is to start getting a tune out of the target man.
On £75,000-a-week, Carroll is the second-highest-paid player at the club.
At this moment in time, he is proving a waste of money and Newcastle would surely love to reinvest such a sum elsewhere in the squad.