Andy Carroll’s impressive impact has been highlighted in new stats that show he averages more successful aerial duels per game than any other player outside the Premier League’s ‘big six’.
Carroll, who has set-up 2 goals for stand-in skipper Jonjo Shelvey in his last 2 games, has been an effective weapon for Newcastle and finally looks to be finding some form (and fitness!) during his second spell at St James’ Park.
These stats, courtesy of @TheOther14, show that Carroll has averaged a whopping 15.07 aerial duels won per game this season, with it interesting to see Joelinton is also ranked highly in 7th:
Big Andy hasn’t taken long to find his feet at Newcastle, but the question remains whether he can stay fit and last games he starts, with him still yet to play a full 90 minutes so far this season.
As the stats show, Carroll is as good in the air as anybody in the Premier League, with him terrorising Southampton’s defence and turning the game on its head in our 2-1 win over the Saints last weekend.
Against Burnley Carroll could be massive. The Clarets are one of the most physical teams in the division – and he must be itching to score his first goal since returning to the club.
I expect Carroll to start on Saturday just as he did away to Sheffield United, with his presence at both ends of the pitch likely to be key.