Andy Carroll is in line to make his return for Newcastle United in the next match against Liverpool. He has two big weeks ahead of him as we assume he will begin full training with his teammates soon.
Carroll has shown a renewed enthusiasm since joining his hometown club. He seems absolutely determined to have an impact this time around. Andy left on a high eight and a half years ago as a budding English number 9.
He returns as a more mature presence and a player who has experienced the up and downs of being a professional footballer. He also carries with him the same passion for the club that he left with.
Steve Bruce and Andy Carroll– the coach and the elder statesman
Steve Bruce has spoken to the Chronicle about what it means to have Andy’s passion for the club as well as his experience back at Newcastle:
“He is the local hero, and he knows what it means to play for the club.
“You can already see players attracted to him. They all want to be around him.
“When I brought him here I asked him: ‘You aren’t the young Andy anymore, can you be the elder statesman for me?’
“It’s horrible for a player to think that. But can you help me with the strikers?
“We had a striker meeting, and he was right in there giving his opinion.”
Steve is going to look to Andy to bring some leadership to the attackers at the club. The squad is loaded with leaders and big personalities in the other areas of the pitch. We have players like Martin Dubravka, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, and Isaac Hayden who have emerged as the core group of leaders.
There are also local lads like Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff who exemplify what it means to play for Newcastle United.
In the attack, Andy can provide those dual roles of leader and club ambassador. Players like Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, Yoshinori Muto, and Allan Saint-Maximin can benefit from Andy’s experience with Newcastle and the Premier League.
It is a good sign that he has taken hold of that mantle in his second stint at Newcastle. If he can also stay fit and provide some goals when makes his comeback, his return could turn out to be a very shrewd move by the club.