By Joe Ellis

23rd Jun, 2022 | 4:30pm

Andy Carroll nears Club Brugge move after West Brom exit, undergoes medical

Andy Carroll is close to securing his next move after being released by West Brom as he undergoes a medical at Club Brugge, according to HLN.

The 33-year-old striker joined the Baggies in the January transfer window as Valerien Ismael tried to find the firepower necessary to keep his job at The Hawthorns but he was sacked days later.

He went on to make 15 appearances for Albion under Steve Bruce and scored three goals during that time but he hadn’t done enough to warrant a new deal and was released at the end of the 2021-22 season.

HLN now report that he is undergoing a medical on Thursday (23 June) ahead of signing a deal with Belgian champions Club Brugge for the 2022-23 campaign.

Having won the Belgian league last season, Brugge are also guaranteed to play Champions League football next year which could see Carroll return to England to play against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Tottenham among other top European clubs.

Mistake

Admittedly, his goal-scoring record in the 15 games he played for us wasn’t exactly outstanding but when it comes to a player as unique as Carroll, you can’t just judge by numbers.

There is an argument to suggest that there is no player in world football that is as good as the 33-year-old at being a pure target man and defenders dread having to play against someone of his physical presence.

The way he is able to bully defenders into doing what he wants them to do is almost a lost art in football nowadays and it is a weapon that can be utterly destructive when utilised properly.

It also provides an alternative attacking outlet if the cute passing is getting you nowhere because you can throw Carroll on and start sending the big diagonal balls up to his head and watch the opposition capitulate in front of you.

Bruce will be hoping Carroll doesn’t tear up the Champions League while he manages a Championship campaign thinking ‘what if?’.

In other West Brom news, Albion have just 12 months to make major changes to their academy to avoid being downgraded by the Premier League.

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