Andy Carroll could be back. He’s been training with the first team, and Steve Bruce even believes that the player could be ready to make a return within a week of training, having this to say about the player:
“It’s gone OK. He will hopefully train all week. It is a big week, training-wise.If he can do it without a reaction that is the important thing.”
The club is closely monitoring Carroll’s health as not only they, but fans, and even Carroll himself are eager to witness his return. Once believed to be Newcastle’s next Alan Shearer, he was swiftly sold to Liverpool for around £30m, only to suffer an injury prone career that left him sidelined and unused. When given the chance, Carroll has proven himself class.
It looks like Brighton may be that chance for Carroll to not only prove himself in the Premier League once more, but do it with the club that he always wanted to do it with. But in the lineup he’ll be facing stiff competition from Yoshinori Muto, and Joelinton (who will definitely not be unseated as the club’s top man).
Just how impactful Andy Carroll can be as a depth player will only be able to be picked apart and understood once he makes his appearance. I remain skeptical that he will manage to make much of a difference score wise. But I think his presence as a player and mentor to younger players like Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, and Sean Longstaff can yield great results.
I know I am eager to see Carroll put on that shirt, and play football for Newcastle United again. I’m not alone in that excitement. Here’s to hoping it’s against Brighton.