Daily Star journalist Aaron Stokes has revealed that Andy Carroll earns an extra £35,000-a-week every time he comes off the bench.
Gateshead born Carroll has failed to impress since his return to Tyneside in 2019, making 40 appearances for just one solitary goal in return.
The majority of these have come from the bench – which is evident when you see that his 17 games this season have totalled just 376 minutes of football – and do little to suggest he’ll be worthy of a new deal when his contract expires this summer.
Does this explain why Bruce regularly brings the striker on in extra time? After all, four of his last five sub appearances have seen him come on for a grand total of five minutes!
One thing Carroll will always give you is fight, but his performances have been hard to watch at times. He has just one goal to his name in almost two seasons, struggles to stay fit and often looks unable to live with the pace of play when he’s on.
His contract is up for renewal in the summer and, unless he hits an unlikely run of form in the meantime, it appears probable that he will be allowed to leave.
A career blighted by injury after injury, it’s a shame how his best days are long behind him at 32. He has always seemed like a decent bloke who had the potential to be a massive star when he first burst on the scene, but it feels like time to let him go.