Newcastle United are already making the wrong calls during this transfer window.
It is unclear how active Newcastle United will be during this transfer window. The Magpies are reportedly chasing a few players on loan, multiple players have been offered to the club as well, and there is also the case of Jetro Willems, which is a permanent move fans would like to see happen.
Several players could also be on their way out the door. Rolando Aarons’ move to Huddersfield Town is looking like a sure thing at the moment, and Fulham are hoping their unique offer for Dwight Gayle will be considered by Newcastle United.
One player who was also linked with a move away from Tyneside as a loanee is Andy Carroll. According to the Daily Mail, the veteran striker is a loan target for relegation-threatened West Brom, however, a new report from the Chronicle claims that Newcastle United will keep the 32-year-old at St. James’ Park.
Why on earth does Steve Bruce want to keep Carroll in the squad? The fans wanted the local lad to succeed in his second spell with Newcastle United, but his contribution has been minimal, and he has never been able to break through the rotation to become the primary striker.
Carroll has made 28 Premier League appearances for Newcastle United since last August, but he has only started six games. As a result, Carroll only has one goal, which he just scored last weekend against Leicester City, and four assists to his name.
Since the start of last season the big man has only taken 24 shots and has an alarming accuracy rating of 15.5%. Why keep him around? Aside from Callum Wilson and Dwight Gayle, whose talent is under-appreciated by Bruce, the rest of the strikers are essentially useless.
Newcastle United made the wise choice of loaning out Yoshinori Muto and they should be doing the same thing with Carroll. There are other talented strikers the front office can bring in, and the squad is in dire need of some more quality in the final third. Carroll is just taking up space and his contribution will continue to be nominal.