Pardew backs Carroll to regain best form
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is backing Andy Carroll to lead the line for England once he finds his feet at Liverpool.
Pardew reluctantly sold the 22-year-old to the Reds, who host the Magpies on Friday evening, on the final day of the last January transfer window when owner Mike Ashley decided a bid of £35million was simply too good to turn down.
Carroll has yet to set Liverpool alight but Pardew said: “He hasn't really had a run in that side and like all strikers, he probably needs a run.
“It was disappointing to see him left out of the England squad the last time because I think he can be England's number nine.
“He is going through a period of transition at a new club, finding his feet and finding out that they play slightly differently to how we did here, but he will find his way.”