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Danny Mills has said that Andy Carroll could be a game-changer for Newcastle United after he secured a deadline day return to St James’ Park.

The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the homegrown striker needs to prove his fitness after a difficult few seasons at West Ham but insists that if he can remain available he can be a real asset to the Toon Army.

Carroll was out of contract after his deal with the Hammers expired this summer, Newcastle taking the risk and handing him a one-year deal to return to Tyneside.

Mills says that Carroll can have an impact at both ends of the pitch with his height and physicality, insisting it could be a bit of a bargain for the Magpies.

Mills told Football Insider: “A strange move really. I think Newcastle were just looking to get another number in. I’m pretty sure he’s on a pay-per-play basis, his wages won’t be particularly high.

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If you can get him fit, and keep him fit, he’s a massive asset. He can be a game-changer, bring him on defensively obviously in the air. Chuck him up front and he’s still one of the best headers on goal around.

“If you can get him fit and keep him fit, he could be a very cheap asset.”

Carroll only played 14 times across both league and cups last season for West Ham due to injuries, with just one FA Cup goal to his name.

Having come through the youth ranks at Newcastle, he scored 33 goals in 90 appearances for the Magpies, with 11 in 19 Premier League games before his £35million move to Liverpool.

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