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All Signs Lead To This Player For A Sunday Start


Before it was revealed that Andy Carroll had tweaked his groin in the Chelsea match, Bruce had spoken about the 30-year-old’s training schedule. Bruce disclosed some details about the regimen Andy was following to stay fit.

At the tail end of his comments, Bruce said the following:

“Hopefully in the next week or two weeks he will be in a position where we can start him.”

Of course, any plans to start Andy this Sunday are done with the news of his groin injury. The positive news is that it’s a very minor injury and has nothing to do with his ankle.

This is what Bruce said at his press conference about Carroll’s injury situation:

“With Andy, it’s not his ankle thankfully. Everyone can pick up those types of niggles especially when you sit on the bench for a while.

“He has stretched and over-stretched. It’s fortunate it is not his ankle. There is no one more disappointed than Andy.

“He was getting himself in a position, where the more he trained, getting on against Man United and Chelsea, he was maneuvering into a position where he could start, it’s disappointing, but we have to carry on.”

We have to wonder if Steve Bruce has any intentions of shaking up the strike force at Newcastle. With just one goal and no assists coming from the trio of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Miguel Almiron, Newcastle are in desperate need of production from the front three.

During the press conference today, Steve Bruce also talked about the lack of goals his team has produced thus far:

“But the more Saint-Maximin and Joelinton play, the better. It is one area we have to improve. We’re aware of that.

“We just have to keep working away at the training ground, but it is the hardest part of the game. I hope we have enough firepower up there, and we need to start scoring more.

“We need to start showing it as it is the one area we’re working on to do better. We have been working on it all week. We will continue to do so.

“It is easy to do it on the training ground but not so easy on a Saturday.

A few days ago, Bruce talked about Dwight Gayle and his excellent finishing in training. It’s likely been every week that Bruce has had the lads doing finishing sessions as goals have been a problem since day one.

However, Dwight Gayle has only been back for the past month and seems to be doing quite well in the training sessions.

This is what he said about Dwight after his return to action against Chelsea:

“It’s vitally important that he stays fit because he reminds me of why I have tried to buy him that many times.

“In training, I get those reminders as his finishing is excellent, excellent. I am delighted to have him.

“He’s booming around the training ground, and again he gives me another option which is good.”

Bruce also talked about Gayle today. With Carroll out of consideration, we have to wonder if Gayle could find himself in position for a start on Sunday.

This is what Bruce said to the Chronicle about the 29-year-old:

“I have made it common knowledge I have tried to sign him at least three times now.

“I have never been able to afford him.

“To see him in training in the last three weeks. So he’s knocking on the door, but I’ve got a squad to pick.

“As the eight-year-old I spoke to this week said everybody has got their opinion, let’s hope I get the right one!”

We think Bruce will just make the one forced change for Wolves with Fabian Schar being injured. He may have been mulling over bringing Carroll in recently, but his groin injury has nixed that for now.

However, Bruce has sung the praises of Dwight Gayle since he arrived at Newcastle. With only 5 goals in 9 games and Big Andy out injured, Bruce has the chance to give Dwight Gayle a massive vote of confidence on Sunday by starting him.

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77 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope he gets a start alongside Joelington with Almiron behind the two of them

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #2

    This is very exciting! Who will become wor first 2 goal scorer of the season? Will it be Linty Joe? How aboot Fabulous Schar or Matty Longstaff? What is it going to feel like to have a 2 goal scorer at the club? Stay tuned!!!

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Mutomutomutomutomuto!!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    NUFC, famous for great goal scorers. Jackie Milburn, Hughie Gallacher, Andy Cole, wor Alan Shearer. And nowwwwww Linty Joe!!!!!!

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Can I please get some applause for wor Linty Joe??

    1
  • IrishRob

    Oct 25, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #6

    G2 thinks hes hilarious, lol

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s very weak applause so far……

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Ron
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f19JaYA1Qf4

    Talking about a lot of posters on here

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9

    No IrishRob, I think you’re hilarious…. Please continue!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s always good to hear from Jib/Jane/Jeff. Aren’t you going to defend Mikey today Jibbsy?

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Ayoze starting.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m just frustrated by our man Mikey’s decision to let his goal scorers leave the club and replace them with an untested (in the Prem anyway) younger player who clearly isn’t up to it yet.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Let’s hope Andy is up to it if he’s going to start. I would prefer to start Gayle if he’s fit and bring Andy on in the second half. But if Carroll can do the job I’ll be thrilled…l..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Well lads, I know you’ll be terribly disappointed but I’m off curling now. We have a tremendous bar afterwards upstairs from the rink…..

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    G2 – not sure you’ve seen carroll play since he came back , he may start but he’ll be subbed by half time ( or injured ), doubt he’ll start this side of Christmas ..

    Jib: did you tell a joke .. must of missed it although I do like Mr Pie so thanks for the link 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Yes, thanks for the Pieman, Jib.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Oldgit1 always manages to pull his head from out Jib’s ar$e to put a comment in his defence, bit odd that mind!

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  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #18

    But who makes goals, where are all scorers?

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #19

    He must be an alt Jail
    ha ha ha

    2
  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Ayoze might break his duck tonight
    £30M for 8 games – one assist
    remind you of anyone ?

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #21

    One big difference
    Perez has had 5 years in England !!!!!!

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib, nope – check out the Leicester fan message boards , he’s actually contributing quite a bit in most games ( although apparently not against Burnley ), he has a high turnover rate with his high pressing and whilst only one assist has actually started a lot of attacking moved – something we don’t have anywhere so not sure who he reminds you of … Surprised at you not googling basic facts 🙂

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Joelinton is actually top of those stats

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #24

    I suspect you probably knew that

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #25

    And Perez is now being played by Rodgers as an out and out winger whereas Linton is our main ( only ) striker – apples and oranges …but I suspect you already knew that

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Okay, off out to the real world – enjoy your evening …

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  • jane

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #27

    strange how Leicester are in the top 4 if Perez isn’t contributing.

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  • jane

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #28

    “It’s always good to hear from Jib/Jane/Jeff.”

    which post of mine are you referring to you self obsessed pathetic dullard?

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #29

    I know who my money’s on

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Ha ha ha Jane

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley

    Mike Ashley Retweeted Toon For Change

    Toon for change??

    How much did you pay me in the last 12 months (probably at Sports Direct) for that away shirt?

    Going nowhere thanks to true fans like you.

    Blessed.

    #nufc

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Jane
    I would expect Perez to contribute something after 173 PL games
    Joelinton has 8

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  • jane

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #33

    i think Joelinton could do with being rested for a game or two though.

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Is this what they call the “rainy season” ?

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  • jane

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #35

    it’s what they call ‘wet rain’.

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  • jane

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Perez started that move with the tackle to win possession.

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Jane’s opinion is coloured by her admiration for Ayoze’s good looks

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh dear Soton in for a smacking I think
    The red card was similar to Hayden’s
    The ref making no allowances for the sloppy conditions

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  • jane

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #39

    lol Perez

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  • Jib

    Oct 25, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Ayoze Perez breaks his duck !!!!!

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