Former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan says that his old club have the makings of a strike partnership between two summer signings Joelinton and Andy Carroll.
As per Football Centre (Sky Sports News, 11:24, Tuesday, September 24th), Nolan was keen to spread some optimism about his former employers, who are struggling for goals right now.
He said: “I think the more and more this lad (Carroll) gets fit and the more he is able to start games, I think you might see him and Joelinton working together as a front two because it will certainly help him and it will certainly help Joelinton out too. And believe me, they’ll be a nightmare for any defence.”
TBR’s View – Doubtful Bruce will be brave enough to field a front two
4-4-2 is going out of fashion and for all Bruce’s talk initially about improving Newcastle’s style of play, he hasn’t shown anything like that kind of bravery in practice.
Would he play a front two? I’m not so sure and the other problem he’s got is that Carroll can’t really keep himself fit long enough to be relied upon.
Joelinton needs time to adjust to English football but he also needs more chances created for him and while Carroll could be a useful battering ram partner, it’s doubtful the two will play together.