Former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has opened his goalscoring account at new club Reading in a 3-2 win against Swansea City.
Making his first start for the Royals since joining the club on a short-term deal until the middle of January, Carroll made quite the impression.
Andy Carroll scores
After substitute appearances against Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United, former Newcastle man Carroll looked sharp and motivated to provide a timely reminder of the talent he possesses.
The 32-year-old played a part in Reading’s equaliser, showcasing his ability to be a focal point, spearheading the team’s attack and laying the ball off to onrushing teammates.
But it was his strike in the 30th minute that gave Veljko Paunovic’s side the lead, which showed why he has nine England caps to his name.
Carroll was played in over the top by another former England international Danny Drinkwater.
Carroll was over 30 yards away from goal and had a lot of work to do, but after an impeccable first touch, he showed great strength to hold the defenders off, before showing neat footwork to jink inside and then he unleashed a clinical strike into the near bottom corner with his left-foot.
The number nine celebrated by grabbing a corner flag at the Liberty Stadium and pretending to row with the piece of equipment.
Clearly buzzing after scoring his first goal for his new club, Carroll took to Instagram after the game, to explain his celebration further.
Newcastle United exit
Carroll, who re-joined Newcastle in August 2019, had been a free agent since being released by the Magpies at the end of last season, after starting only eight Premier League matches under manager Steve Bruce in two seasons.
In his first Championship start for Reading and with his towering physical presence, it was no surprise to see that no player on the pitch won more aerial duels than the imposing Carroll (3).
After being plagued with injuries throughout his career, if Carroll can stay fit and continue to score goals, Reading will inevitably want to extend his contract until the end of the season and possibly beyond.
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