Fans in shock at Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce's comments on Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll smiles during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United training Centre on September 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll could come back into the fold for Steve Bruce's side tomorrow.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Football fans have been left absolutely dumbfounded by Steve Bruce’s comments about Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll at his press conference today.

Carroll could make his return to action for Newcastle at the weekend, as he is set to be on the substitutes’ bench when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion.

The target-man has fought his way back from injury, and his return to fitness could be a huge boost to Newcastle.

 

Indeed Magpies boss Bruce has told BBC Sport that he is a huge fan of the striker.

"I don't think there's been anybody better in the last 8-10 years when he's been playing,” he said.

The comments have been left open to ridicule by supporters of Newcastle and other clubs though, as they feel Bruce may be overselling the talents of Carroll somewhat.

Bruce’s statement was hyperbolic, but Carroll does offer Newcastle a skill-set which is fairly rare on modern day football.

Andy Carroll looks on during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United training Centre on September 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

No defender will enjoy coming up against Carroll when he is at the top of his game, as he is so physically and aerially dominant.

Carroll’s return to the fold at Newcastle should help Bruce’s side pose more of an attacking threat, which could be key as they look to climb up the Premier League table.

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