Toon Army better off without Carroll

Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver insists the Magpies are better off without former striker Andy Carroll ahead of a reunion on Sunday.

The big striker returns to the club for the first time since he left for Liverpool in a £35m deal last January. Carroll has struggled to replicate his Newcastle form at his new club – scoring just eight times during his time on Merseyside.

While Carroll has found it hard to adjust to life at the Reds, Newcastle have moved on in fine style since his departure and sit one place above Liverpool in the Premier League in sixth spot and fans of Bet Victor need to bear this in mind.

Newcastle used the money from Carroll’s sale to bring in quality players like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Demba Cisse, and Carver believes those success stories have justified the decision to sell the Newcastle-born forward.

“The money we got is back on the pitch. Yohan, Demba and Papiss have given us our mettle,” Carver told the Shields Gazette.

“The proof’s always in the pudding. You look at the way the new signings have played along with the rest of the team, and the fact that the three foreign players have came in and done so well.”

Newcastle were fresh back in the top flight after a season in the Championship when Carroll was sold and many feared the years of competing with the big boys were over.

However, Newcastle, far from being a selling club, have kicked on and re-established themselves in the Premier League. Those looking at Victor Chandler will be wondering if they can maintain their good form.

Carver says the club would not hesitate to sell another big name in order to strengthen the side.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice a player, but if you get three players back of the quality that we’ve got, then it is good business,” Carver added.

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