Steve Bruce has always said that Andy Carroll has matured well from the young lad that left us back in January 2011 for Liverpool for a £35M fee.
But you cannot just keep a player because of maturity and experience, that and while Andy has looked a good player for Newcastle when he’s on the field, he hasn’t played enough.
He’s played 16 times with 5 assists but no goals.
But he’ll be with us next season, and again the challenge of the medical staff will be to keep him fit.
When he is fit, and on song, he often looks unplayable.
And he’s an experienced Premier League player now and set up Dwight Gayle’s goal on Wednesday night in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
We were pleased he got a one-year extension, and Steve Bruce today has pointed out that the 31-year-old still has that hunger in him.
This is what Bruce has said today about Andy (shown above) as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“We saw the influence the other night.”
“If he can keep himself right, he’s an addition to any Premier League team. He gives you something different.”
“He comes on and makes a goal. Also in the dressing room, he’s not the young Andy Carroll any more.”
“He still knocked on my door the other day wanting to know why he’s not in the XI.”
“I was quietly pleased that he still had that thunder about him.”
Maybe Andy will get a start against Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals at home on Sunday night?