The return of Andy Carroll to Newcastle United hasn’t exactly gone the way he will have planned at the beginning of the summer.
The Magpies’ forward returned to St James’ Park after being released by West Ham United but has yet to make a real impact because of injury.
Carroll missed 24 games and 246 days of action last season after undergoing ankle surgery [Source: Transfermarkt] and he has suffered slightly while recovering from the setback.
The 30-year-old has only managed appearances off the bench in the Premier League and has still yet to start a game under Steve Bruce in the top-flight.
The former Hammers’ forward came on at the London Stadium on Saturday, as Newcastle earned all three points in an impressive 3-2 win.
After the game, Carroll came out and couldn’t hide how ecstatic he was with his side’s performance against his old side.
“It’s a great result against my old team, and I couldn’t be happier,” he told the Shields Gazette.
“I was just so happy that we got the three points. I went in to see them afterwards and was gloating a little bit!”
Carroll only managed to make three starts last season in the Premier League and made a further nine appearances off the bench under Manuel Pellegrini.
The experienced forward has already come off the bench five times for Bruce, although that only adds up to 90 minutes of action in the top flight.
It is vital for Newcastle to have vastly experienced heads in their dressing room when they could potentially be in a relegation battle in the new year.
The England international can be a massive threat for Newcastle this season if deployed right in the final third, after winning 14 aerial battles in the 90 minutes he has played according to WhoScored.
It is important that Bruce’s side keeps their heads screwed on and build on the West Ham result, if not, Carroll could live to regret his gloating should it count for nothing.