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Andy Carroll stats are now even more astonishing after 227 minutes for Newcastle United

8 months ago
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Andy Carroll made headlines in August.

Returning to St James Park after almost nine years away, much of that spent watching football from the sidelines rather than playing on the pitch.

There were at least as many doubts in relation to whether he could start games for Newcastle this season, as there were concerning what he could do if he ever made a start.

With only 124 minutes in brief sub appearances in the opening four months, the signs weren’t good.

However, last Thursday night Steve Bruce sprang a surprise, Andy Carroll replacing Joelinton.

A first Premier League start for the striker in 10 months and only his fourth in 23 months, how would he do?

Overall he did ok, not the most mobile it has to be said, but in one area of his game there was never any doubt.

Andy Carroll winning header after header, the vast majority of them in his own box, Andy Carroll (and his teammates) repeatedly heading and kicking it away. The Geordie striker also of course got that assist for Shelvey’s goal that sealed the win at Bramall Lane.

Three days later, physically there was no way Andy Carroll could start against Southampton, so like the rest of us he was forced to watch what was arguably the worst hour of football this season.

Replacing Joelinton, only nine minutes later a superb Andy Carroll cross was met for another Shelvey goal and Carroll assist.

The striker’s introduction turned the game, Fernandez getting the winner but Andy Carroll excellent at both ends of the pitch, battling away.

Carroll has still only played 227 minutes now but he has further enhanced hs position at the very top of a particular stats table.

Just check out these astonishing stats below.

These stats from The Other 14 (who specialise in stats featuring on the clubs that aren’t one of the ‘big six’) show who has averaged the most headed duels won this season in the opening 16 games:

As you can see, Andy Carroll right at the top with an almost unbelievable stat of a header won on average, better than every six minutes he is on the pitch.

As for poor Joelinton…he is seventh in this list and has done well in the air at both ends of the pitch, especially helping the defence. However, his contribution other than that has been pretty woeful, particularly when making an impact at the sharp end.

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