Andy Carroll re-joined Newcastle United on a free transfer this summer, following the expiry of his contract with West Ham.
The striker last represented the Magpies in 2011. A local lad, the Englishman came through the academy on Tyneside. Before joining Liverpool, Carroll made 90 appearances for the St James’ Park outfit, scoring 33 goals and registering 21 assists.
The nine-cap England international is a talented player and a natural goalscorer. However, persistent injury issues have derailed his career in recent years. The 30-year-old has returned to St James’ Park with a fitness issue, but Magpies boss Steve Bruce has provided an update on his recovery.
In his recent press conference, as recorded by Newcastle’s official website, Bruce said, “Carroll has done a bit of running on the grass. He’s still four or five weeks away but I’m sure he’s going to have a big part to play”.
Bruce should not allow himself to get stuck in a position where he is relying on Carroll. The striker’s injury record suggests that he simply cannot be relied upon. However, when fit, the 6’4” forward’s presence will be a real bonus.
Carroll’s aerial prowess, finishing ability and physicality make him a great option from the bench. He can bully tired defenders and dominate in set piece situations. In that sense, he has the capacity to have a big impact for Newcastle this season. However, if Bruce plans to feature Carroll as a regular starter then he is set to be disappointed.