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With latest revelation was there really ever any point in Newcastle signing Andy Carroll?

1 year ago
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Steve Bruce has been talking about Andy Carroll.

With Newcastle United in the relegation zone, the striker has only played 89 minutes so far, in four substitute appearances.

The Head Coach revealing that he hopes within the next fortnight the summer signing ‘will be in a position where we can start him’, if needed…

With only five goals in nine Premier League games, no Premier League club as scored less goals this season than Newcastle, so is Andy Carroll the answer?

I have to hold my hands up and say that in the summer I thought it was a pointless signing and no more than a PR move/gimmick by Mike Ashley to get some cheap publicity and deflect attention away from the failure to properly strengthen in the summer transfer window.

I also have to hold my hands up now and say that I have seen nothing so far to change my mind.

Steve Bruce has revealed that Andy Carroll is now up to two days training per week.

How on earth will that put him in a position to start matches?

Steve Bruce says ‘We all seen against Man United last week that he is getting close to what he can really be’, well to be honest I have seen nothing in any of his four appearances to suggest the 30 year old can play any significant part this season.

He hasn’t affected any of the four games he has played in and is desperately slow.

Newcastle have so little possession in games and are trying to rely on fast counter-attacks, where does Carroll fit into that? Even if the Geordie striker was firing on all cylinders, Newcastle have got nobody you can rely on to put in decent crosses or set-pieces. Plus of course NUFC get so few corners and free-kicks in decent areas.

Steve Bruce also kept saying about what a massive help Andy Carroll would be in advising the young strikers, well I don’t know what he has been saying to them but it needs to stop!

The head coach adds: ‘When he left here for Liverpool in 2011 they paid £35m, what would a fully fit Andy be worth today? Nearly 10 years ago he was going for £35m so we all know what a very good player he is.’

Andy Carroll WAS an exciting prospect nine or ten years ago but never worth £35m.

Even if he was worth that back in the day…my car was worth ten grand back then but I still only got £125 scrap for it the other month.

I would love to see Andy Carroll (and Steve Bruce) prove me wrong but there again I would love a lot of things to happen, sadly it doesn’t make them more likely to happen.

After losing their two goalscorers, Newcastle needed to sign at least two replacements in the summer who you could reasonably rely on to both play regularly and score goals. Instead we have Joelinton who doesn’t look like a centre-forward and Andy Carroll who won’t be able to start a game until at least three months into the season, if at all…

Steve Bruce talking to the Chronicle about Andy Carroll:

“Andy has got his schedule now.

“He trains for two days.

“On Tuesday we had a big physical day where his stats were great, thankfully there is no reaction to his ankle the next day.

“Hopefully in the next week or two weeks he will be in a position where we can start him.

“We must remember about Joelinton – he was signed as a 22-year-old.

“He is not much older than Sean Longstaff who is regarded as a young un.

“So Jo can learn from Andy.

“They are similar in their ways and it will be great to get a really fit Andy Carroll.

“He’s had three or four weeks were he’s played.

“We all seen against Man United last week that he is getting close to what he can really be.

“He is a certain type.

“When he left here for Liverpool in 2011 they paid £35m, what would a fully fit Andy be worth today?

“Nearly 10 years ago he was going for £35m so we all know what a very good player he is.

“We just have to keep him on the pitch – So far, touch wood, so good.”

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