Growing doubts over Andy Carroll’s place in the new system of play being developed by Slaven Bilic may yet see the club open to offers should interested clubs approach them next summer.
The club’s record signing – having found himself fully fit for the first time in a long time – is clearly having problems settling into the new approach being developed by the gaffer.
And insiders have told ClaretandHugh: “He remains an important member of the squad but it’s always feasible that other clubs may be watching his progress.
“We are totally confident that all his injury problems are behind him and he would have to be very unfortunate indeed to pick up any more.
“However, it’s noticeable that he hasn’t found it straightforward settling into the new way of playing and that may cause other clubs to take a closer interest.”
AC was again linked with a Newcastle move in the national press over the weekend and it’s perfectly conceivable that Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce could make a bid.
However, Carroll would clearly not prospect of relegation scrap or life in the Championship if that’s the way things worked out at the Stadium of Light.
Our source said: “He needs to be given time and may well be able to adjust his game. It will be an interesting spell in his life until the end of the season.”