Carroll hails ‘dream’ Newcastle return

West Ham duo Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll are both in contention for a return against Manchester City this weekend.

Andy Carroll says returning to Newcastle eight years after he left for Liverpool is “something only dreams are made of”.

Carroll has spent the last six years with West Ham but his time in London was injury-hit. The 30-year-old striker managed 33 goals in 91 appearances during his first spell at St James’ Park and left for Liverpool in a £30million deal in January 2011.

The forward, who has been capped nine times by England, failed to establish himself at Anfield – with injuries hampering his chances – and managed just 11 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions.

Carroll was released by West Ham at the end of last season and is now hoping he can recapture the kind of form that made him a firm fans’ favourite during his first spell at Newcastle.

Carroll admits he has harboured hopes of a return to Newcastle for some time and is delighted to have rejoined his old club.

“When I put the shirt back on it will probably be a better feeling that it was the first time. It’s something I wanted for a long time and now it’s here,” he told Sky Sports.

“Playing for your boyhood team and going away, you realise what you had and missed. Coming back it’s something only dreams are made of.”

Carroll managed just 12 appearances in the Premier League for West Ham in 2018-19 and his one goal for the Hammers last term came in the FA Cup.

It remains to be seen if he will be able to better that at Newcastle as although there can be no doubting the threat he carries when fully fit, there will always be concerns over injuries regarding the forward.

The striker’s return should at least provide a morale boost and it may go some way towards easing tensions between the club’s hierarchy and the fans, even if that damaged relationship seems beyond repair in the long term.

If Carroll can stay fit and perhaps make 20 appearances or more, he should be able to play a part for Newcastle this term – and he is more likely to be given a chance to be an important figure in the team, whereas at West Ham last season there was a general feeling he wasn’t in manager Manuel Pellegrini’s plans.

Carroll has signed a one-year deal with Newcastle although there is every chance he will be able to extend his stay at St James’ Park beyond the coming campaign if he can prove his fitness.