Reading have been warned about the dangers associated with the signing of lanky striker Andy Caroll by Sky Sports pundit and ex-Everton star Andy Hinchcliffe. Former Toffees defender Hinchcliffe is not completely sold on the decision to sign Andy Carroll.

Former Premier League player Carroll had been without a club since his contract with Newcastle United ended in the summer. He was without a professional team for the first few months of this season until the Royals came calling.

The Royals signed Andy Carroll as a free agentearlier this month and he made his debut for the club during the English Championship clash with Nottingham Forest which ended in a 1-1 draw. Philip Zickernagel gave Nottingham Forest the lead as early as the fourth minute before former Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann won a point for the hosts with his goal in the 64th minute. Carroll came on as a second half substitute in place of defender Liam Moore as Reading manager Veljko Paunovic was rewarded with a goal shortly after making the decision to introduce an attacker for a defender.

Andy Carroll made his second appearance for Reading earlier this week. He came off the bench but could not prevent his new team from losing 1-0 at home to Sheffield United during the Championship clash played on Tuesday.

On the signing of Carroll, Sky Sports pundit Hinchcliffe said that he does not doubt the quality of the 32-year-old striker and that his fitness could be a determining factor when it comes to judging the success of the transfer at the end of the season. The ex-West Ham United and Liverpool striker was given a short-term contract by the Royals until the end of the season. The ex-Everton defender also talked about the playing style at Reading and how Andy Carroll will fit into it.