Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simpson: It Will Be Great to See Andy; Fans Urged Not to Jeer Carroll

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simpson: It Will Be Great to See Andy; Fans Urged Not to Jeer Carroll

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Byline: Mark Douglas

DANNY Simpson has urged Newcastle United's supporters not to boo Andy Carroll as he makes his first return to St James' Park.

Gateshead-raised Carroll is set to play on Tyneside for the first time since his pounds 35million move to Liverpool, a transfer that has yet to see him recreate the form that made him such a hot property during his time at Newcastle.

And even though the striker has struggled for form in his first full season at Anfield, Simpson (pictured right) is convinced that Carroll remains a clear and present danger to Newcastle United's Europa League bid.

It is a sign of his diminished reputation that Carroll may not even start against his boyhood club, who preferred Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez for the Anfield defeat by Wigan last weekend.

Even though he has come in for criticism from Newcastle fans, the England striker remains a popular figure in the United dressing room and Simpson has witnessed Carroll's struggles with a measure of concern. He believes a lack of games and more self-analysis have caused Carroll's problems but believes that on his day the forward remains a serious menace. Liverpool can haul themselves back into contention for the top six if they win on Sunday - with or without Carroll's goals.

"Its been tough for him, but people forget he's still young," Simpson said.

"He didn't ask for that price tag, obviously Liverpool put that on him. He's got ability and he's still young.

"When you look at the strikers they've had over the years, it's a big move for him and there's a lot of pressure, but he seems to have calmed down a lot and in the last few weeks hes been playing well.

When he was here he wasn't scared of anyone, I think that's why everyone liked him, because it didn't matter who he was up against - he went in and bullied them and scored 10 or 12 goals for us in that short space of time. …

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