“That’s an anomaly, that shouldn’t happen that he doesn’t train and plays as well as he did. With Andy Carroll at the minute, he’s training twice a week – they must be having to wrap him up in cotton wool a lot. Unfortunately as a centre forward, you don’t have that luxury, you don’t have that time.”
Bent should open his eyes to the bigger picture, and realise that this is the last opportunity for Carroll to make a real impact in the top flight for Newcastle, and Bruce seems determined to utilise the forward between now and the end of the season.
The 30-year-old has won an average of 3.3 aerial battles per game already in his four substitute appearances according to WhoScored and has more than proved that he can be a massive threat in the final third to any side.
Carroll has a massive role to play going forward at St James’ Park, and Bent needs to realise that Newcastle need to do whatever they can to preserve his fitness if they are to reap the benefits.