Newcastle fans have been reacting to comments from Steve Bruce that Andy Carroll has volunteered to play at centre-half against Brighton.
The Magpies are contending with an injury crisis at the moment, with Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune all sidelined for Monday’s contest.
That leaves Federico Fernandez as the only fit, recognised centre-back to play against the Seagulls.
Fortunately for Newcastle relegation is not a threat, meaning Bruce can shoehorn someone in and not have too many worries.
Despite having nothing to play for, he’ll still undoubtedly want maximum points from the game.
Speaking to the press, he revealed that burly striker Carroll has actually volunteered to play at the back.
He said (quoted by the Chronicle): “He’s OK, he could play. Andy reminded me that he has played centre-half before!
“It was a long, long time ago, I think he started as a left-back.
“So Andy looks OK for Monday.”
It was certainly an interesting moment from an otherwise fairly routine press conference, and it prompted a reaction from fans on social media.
Here’s what some Newcastle supporters had to say about the idea on Twitter:
mad this isn’t a parody
— Dell ? (@agbnufc) July 19, 2020
Dear Lord above , only a dinosaur like Bruce would say this
— Greg O’ Grady (@Peglegmacgreg) July 19, 2020
— lewis.j.c (@_lewisnufc_) July 19, 2020
should be class this
— Joe? (@GilhespyJoe) July 19, 2020
Watch him score ?
— NUFCTOON (@NUFCTOON1892) July 19, 2020
God love his enthusiasm, but there are tectonic plates with more mobility than Andy
— Tom Coates (@WhoIsJohnMill) July 19, 2020
When you’re hopeful of Andy Carroll playing CB in your team you know you’ve hit rock bottom
— Matthew Sajban (@Thenewmatthew) July 19, 2020
Genius move. Defenders not short of a few goals this season – put a striker in defence. pic.twitter.com/QfjKyF6aOH
— Wor Geordie (@wor_Geordie_) July 19, 2020
Andy Carroll slotting in at centre half next game. This is surely the highlight of the Mike Ashley banter era
— Longstaff (@Jonny_Wall00) July 19, 2020