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An overwhelming majority believe that the Liverpool striker would not claim a place in the Newcastle first XI should he move back to his former club this summer

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll would not start ahead of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse were he to re-join Newcastle, according to the Goal.com readers.

The former Magpies striker has been touted for a possible return on loan or even on a cut-price permanent deal following Brendan Rodgers' noncommital stance over his future at Anfield.

But the majority of readers believe that he would not make the starting lineup upon his return, with 47.58 per cent stating that Ba and Cisse are better than the Reds striker.

Meanwhile, 18.11% agreed that Carroll would forge a partnership with January signing Cisse, who was a revelation after joining the club from Freiburg.

The rest of the vote was evenly split, with 17.16% believing that Carroll would be better off going to another club, with AC Milan among those rumoured to be interested.

The remaining 17.16% believe that Carroll would get first team football at Newcastle, but manager Alan Pardew would have to change his favoured 4-3-3 system to suit the striker - something which could jeopardise the team's chances after they reached fifth in the Premier League last year.

Newcastle fan Daniel stated: "Bearing in mind we have a long season, the best case scenario [would be] he will play in Europe a lot against the weaker continental defences, and in the Premier League a first choice pairing definitely still Ba and Cisse."

Meanwhile Liverpool fan Junior stated that: "Rodgers is just making me angry. Why let go of Andy Carroll? Ok, he's not been at his peak, that's understandable, but that doesn't mean he should let go of him."

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