Andy Carroll came on for Jetro Willems to make his second debut against Brighton. He received a fantastic reception from the supporters when introduced, and the crowd was lifted for the final ten minutes of the game.
By all accounts, Andy has come through the match and suffered no ill-effects to the ankle that had kept him out of action since February. There was a report early in the week saying that Andy would be limited to late cameos through the rest of this year.
However, Andy seems rejuvenated and is working to get himself ready to make more of an impact on the pitch. Whether he eventually works his way into the first eleven or not, what Andy brings will be a bonus to this squad. We suspect that his time on the pitch will be gradually increased over the next few months.
Andy has spoken with the Chronicle about his expectations for Leicester. This is what the big man said:
“I am hoping for more minutes against Leicester. I am training every day now.
“But the lads have been playing well, so I don’t think too much about it.
“I will just see where it goes from here. I was happy to get 10 minutes against Brighton and to get the reception that I did.”
It will largely depend on how the game is unfolding but we would expect Andy to get another appearance at Leicester City. He is a perfect option as a late game substitute to batter tiring defenders in the box. He also, as he showed against Brighton, can win aerial duels on opposition set pieces which will be helpful in close games.
We have always viewed Andy’s return as a bonus. At this stage in his career, he can offer experience and a physical presence. However, Newcastle’s success is going to depend on what Steve Bruce can get out of Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, and Allan Saint-Maximin in the final third.
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