According to The Mirror, Steve Bruce is keen to hand Andy Carroll a ‘big role’ between now and the end of the season following his impressive form in training.
The 30-year-old striker has managed just 11 minutes of football in 2020 after struggling to recover from a hip injury that’s kept him sidelined since January.
That said, it sounds like he’s been the main man catching Steve Bruce’s eye since the players returned to contact training this month, with The Mirror revealing how he’s been like a ‘caged bear’ since returning.
Bruce is clearly a big fan, having pushed to secure his return to St James’ Park last summer, however he may have to push once again over the coming weeks if he’s to help Carroll secure a new contract at the club.
He’s not the only player nearing the end of their deal (there’s M. Longstaff and Manquillo too), it’s believed Carroll needed to play a certain number of games to trigger a one-year extension – so Bruce will no doubt be keen to have him fully fit so he can do exactly.
If not, he’ll have to hope the 6ft 4′ Geordie stays fit and shows what he’s capable of over the coming weeks, otherwise his fairytale return to Tyneside may end up both short-lived and sadly forgetful.