Andy Carroll made an emotional return to Newcastle United on transfer deadline day. Carroll, who left the club eight years ago when he joined Liverpool for £35M returns to where it all began.
There will be critics, Carroll has faced them his whole career, nor will he shy away from them. Leaving for Liverpool at 22 years of age, a lot was expected of Carroll, many thought the striker would be a main stay in Liverpool's side. Carroll has been ravaged by injuries since leaving his hometown club, a reason for many to see this transfer as a huge risk.
Despite what the doubters may think, if Carroll can keep fit, Newcastle United have a fantastic player on their hands. One that can bully defenders and grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
Carroll returning to Newcastle United is a perfect fit. It's the injection he needs to push his career forwards and silence the critics.
This is undoubtedly a PR stunt from Newcastle United in a bid to get the supporters back on side. The reaction on social media shows Newcastle United supporters are not demanding or hard to please. The overwhelming positivity of a free transfer for a striker with an awful injury record proves that.
Seeing Carroll in black and white once again looks right, it just fits. Most importantly of all the striker is raring to go. Though Carrol is not fully fit yet, his hunger and desire to run out at St. James' Park in black and white is there for all to see.
If there was ever a perfect transfer, it's Carroll returning home. The striker has the perfect manager in Steve Bruce, that will come as a surprise to many. Bruce can be the manager Carroll needs, a father like figure to make him feel wanted again.
There are now a number of Geordies in this Newcastle United side. A fantastic sight to see. Sean and Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett and Andy Carroll will all ensure the foreign players understand just how special the club is.
There is a lot of emotion attached to this move. Eight years ago Newcastle United supporters were left dejected by Carroll's departure to Liverpool. Today, the same supporters are welcoming their former number nine back.
Carroll still has a lot to offer, he's now 30 with plenty of years left. Carroll's return home will unleash the hunger and desire in his game once again, which perhaps has been missing over the last few years.
This is good business by Newcastle United, it's potentially an ingenious move by the club. Some say never go back, however, Carroll was always destined to return to Tyneside.