Andy Carroll starting for Newcastle United is overdue claims John Carver
Andy Carroll has played in seven of Newcastle United’s 13 Premier League games so far this season.
However, he is yet to start any match.
In his favour, all seven times he has been named on the bench, though only playing 124 minutes in total.
He does though appear to be next in line after the current line-up, as Dwight Gayle has been on the bench six times and only got on the pitch three times. Indeed, he had only got five minutes on the pitch in his first two sub appearances, adding another 18 minutes at Aston Villa.
Ahead of the Man City match, John Carver has asked the question: ‘How long do you go without putting Andy Carroll in the team to find out what he can give us?”’
The front three, as we all know, have only one goal from a combined 35 PL games this season, but is Andy Carroll the answer?
John Carver thinks his selection is overdue but Joelinton has been left so isolated thanks to Steve Bruce’s negative defensive tactics, would Carroll be any more effective?
Considering how slow Andy Carroll has looked even in sub appearances, it is difficult/impossible to see how it would be better playing him from the start.
Carver talks of John Stones not fancying it if up against Andy Carroll but when Newcastle so rarely get forward against teams like Aston Villa and put so few decent balls in the box, exactly what kind of service would Carroll get against a Man City side, who will surely have overwhelming possession stats. Even more than the usual 65% or so that there has been against Steve Bruce’s side this season on average.
John Carver says: ‘It’s an extremely difficult situation for Steve Bruce right now and it’s going to be a difficult game, but sometimes in adversity players step forward.’
Well one thing for sure Newcastle need to find chances and goals from somewhere.
There has been a combination so far of relying largely on defenders and luck for goals this season and even then, only Watford have scored less than Newcastle’s feeble 11 goals.
NUFC certainly need some players to ‘step forward’ but I really doubt whether Andy Carroll is the answer. Hope I’m wrong.
John Carver speaking to Talksport:
“Manchester City are one of the best teams in the world and when you look at what they have in the final third with Sterling and Jesus…
“The one consolation is, Aguero is not going to be playing.
“That is a big plus for us, we’ve got to use that.
“I remember going into the game last year and it was all doom and gloom and all about ‘how can we keep the score down?’
“But at the end of the day we came out and we won the game 2-1.
“We actually deserved to win the game, we were the better side in the second half.
“It’s an extremely difficult situation for Steve Bruce right now and it’s going to be a difficult game, but sometimes in adversity players step forward.
“This could be the ideal game to bring Andy Carroll back in.
“As we know, John Stones is playing and he doesn’t like to be roughed up.
“So I think it might be an opportunity for Andy Carroll.
“How long do you go without putting Andy Carroll in the team to find out what he can give us?”
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