Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll is not set to return for the Magpies until next month, according to injury analyst Ben Dinnery.
The former West Ham United man has been pictured training with the first-team on the Toon’s official club website, though it appears he is still a way off from getting some game time.
It is highly unlikely Carroll would be able to usurp Joelinton, with the Brazilian having played all four of Newcastle’s Premier League games since his record-breaking transfer, as per WhoScored.
This means the Englishman would likely be competing with Yoshinori Muto to be the club’s main back-up striker, with Dwight Gayle still out injured, as reported by The Shields Gazette.
In the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, Muto has made three substitute appearances so far, totalling 33 minutes, having not scored a goal.
In fact, the statistics indicate he hasn’t really made much of an impact at all: 0.3 shots, 3 passes with a 77.8% accuracy, 0.3 fouls and 2 bad controls are his only contributions per game.
Last season, Carroll started three league matches, coming on as a substitute nine times for the Hammers. And while he also failed to score a goal, he did manage to make more of an impact than Muto.
He won 3.8 aerial duels, making 0.3 key passes, 0.3 dribbles, 0.3 tackles and 0.7 clearances per game, while averaging less bad controls on average with 1.3.
While his statistics from last season would need improving on, Carroll’s past performance indicates that he can be more effective than Muto has been so far this campaign.
The two strikers are very different options, with Carroll offering more in general play, so having him back will be a bonus for Steve Bruce when it happens.
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