Steve Bruce hints at rekindling rarely-seen partnership in 2021

If Bruce’s latest comments are anything to go by, it sounds like Andy Carroll’s goal against Leicester and cameo performance has got him back in contention.

The NUFC boss has been taking him up ahead of tonight’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal, also hinting that he could rekindle the big man’s partnership with Callum Wilson – something we’ve not seen since we were hammered by Brighton in our opening home game of the season!

Here’s what Bruce has had to say:

“We’ve played him up there only a couple of times with Callum Wilson so yeah it is something to think about.

“It’s something to work on.

“He wants to play every game.

“The good thing now is he’s obviously fit and raring to go.”

Actually, I’d like to play every game and I’ve been fit all season and raring to go, so can I have a game please Steve?

Joking aside, what have we got to lose, and before I answer my own question, I’ll say this. I did not think Carroll deserved a contract extension and until last Sunday think I’d been proved right.

I would not have been concerned in the slightest if he had been let go even if it were to a relegation rival. Yes, that refers to that West Brom link that appears to have no substance based on the reaction from Big Sam and a host of local reporters.

I think his status of being a “Big Geordie” is what has kept him at the Club. That said I do think he cares passionately about the Club and there’s no doubting he’s as much a fan as a player. He is a Geordie through and through and his reaction after Sunday’s loss despite scoring says a lot about his character and feelings for NUFC.

So perhaps he does deserve a final chance at being the Andy Carroll of 2010. He and Wilson started in that 0-2 win at West Ham on opening day and our first home game of the season vs Brighton…although the latter was a disaster when we were left short in midfield and lost 0-3!

He largely disappeared after that with only a dreadful performance against the mighty Newport County to show for his efforts. It appeared that age and injuries had finally caught up with him. But perhaps his “Lazarus” impression has got one final hurrah in it.

Personally, I think we would need to dominate the game, be better in midfield, get higher up the pitch and create much more chances than we do to make it work having them two up top against Arsenal.

Carroll to me feels like a luxury now as he can’t press, can’t play on the counter, which is what people keep telling us we’re good at, and can’t win a header THEN get himself up with play and in the box. I think he’s an impact sub at best, and even then, despite Bruce’s words, only when it’s desperate.

We have to completely change the style when he’s on the pitch whether by choice or sub-conscious we immediately start hitting it long and high towards him.

Mind you, Arsenal are a soft touch in the centre of defence with very few big players. So maybe it’s worth trying this weekend along with perhaps a few other changes just to shake the whole thing up and see what transpires.

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4 thoughts on “Steve Bruce hints at rekindling rarely-seen partnership in 2021

  1. If Carroll gets a start over him, I think Gayle should reject a new contract if offered and just leave. He’s the only natural forward at the club apart from Wilson and helped saved us last season when he was played regularly after the restart. Now after scoring against West Brom, he still can’t get any minutes on the pitch. I would love to see him in a partnership with Wilson. Even as a No.10 he might do better than Joelinton, Almiron or Carroll, his hold up play is much better than our 40 million man, links up well and gets inside the penalty area at every opportunity.

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  2. You say you thought Carroll didn’t deserve an extension and until last Sunday you thought you were right?

    So you think he didn’t deserve it based not on the fact that he played badly, but on the fact that he’s hardly played at all?

    Based on the fact that Carroll is a much better and more experienced version of Joelinton I’d say you are wrong.
    Big Andy will win more headers, more tackles, holds the ball up better and has much better distribution than the Brazilian. Add that to the fact that Carroll has much more experience and spends less time lying on the ground and I think, injury prone or not, if he’s fit Bruce should play him.

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  3. Trouble is we have Joelinton starting every game and walking around for 80 minutes and then Carroll is put on for 7 minutes and runs around in a mad panic trying to justify his salary!

    Not fair on either and highlights just what a complete numpty Bruce is and just isn’t a MANAGER

    Take Joelinton out for a couple of games as he needs a wake up – and give Carroll a few starts – he is being told to mess defender’s up BUT every NUFC knows Andy is a very good footballer

    It seems Bruce is building a team for the First division with the likes of Hendrick and going after the likes of Jones and lingard from ManU

    We Need a takeover ASAP just to get a MANAGER

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