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Steve Bruce says that Newcastle is still counting on Andy Carroll

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After shaky last couple of seasons, Andy Carroll went back to the place where it all started – Newcastle United.

Carroll’s arrival was welcomed as an excellent one from the fans, but there were rumors talking about this transfer being a cheap marketing trick to buy the fans’ loyalty.

However, Steve Bruce denied these rumors in his interview with the Sky Sports:

“He’s trained all of last week and all of this week so he’s put himself in contention, which is good news.

“Since he’s got himself fit and he’s been in and around outside on the grass and training with us for the last week, it’s been pretty evident that he’s given everybody a lift.

“Hopefully can give the home supporters a lift. He’s the local lad who’s come back home, so good to see him involved again.”

It’s obvious from Bruce’s words that Carroll could play a big part in the 2019/20 Newcastle season. This is enhanced by the fact that the Newcastle’s only healthy true striker, Joelinton, scored just one goal in five appearances so far.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Andy Carroll of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James’ Park on December 11, 2010 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

After receiving tons of criticism in recent years, Andy Carroll is a man on a mission. The target-man has a lot to prove. To prove it, there’s no better place to do it than where they love him the most.

Carroll found the net only three times in his last two seasons at West Ham, and he’ll try to pick up his 2015/16 form where he scored nine goals and helped West Ham fight for European spots.