Some Newcastle fans have been discussing the potential for a Callum Wilson-Andy Carroll strike parternship this weekend.
The Magpies are in FA Cup action against Arsenal on Saturday, and the Gunners have managed to get back on track after an iffy start.
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently on a three-game winning run, and will be full of confidence against a Newcastle side winless in their last six in all competitions.
Talk is already turning to how Steve Bruce may set up against the Gunners.
Largely this season, Callum Wilson has been deployed as a lone striker and he hasn’t had a great deal of support.
He’s managed to score eight goals so far, but only four of those have come from open play.
Last weekend, Andy Carroll scored his first goal for the club since returning in the summer of 2019, coming off the bench to net against Leicester, which was ultimately in vain.
It’s got people talking about whether Wilson and Carroll should both line up from the start, and it’s something Steve Bruce as floated in the lead up to the Arsenal game (Chronicle Live).
It’s a combination the manager has used just twice before – in the opening Premier League game against West Ham United, which Newcastle won 2-0, and in the 3-0 defeat to Brighton the following weekend.
With Carroll now off the mark for 2020/21, some have suggested on social media that Bruce should give the partnership another outing this weekend, with Wilson in need of support, although there are others who definitely aren’t keen:
— BigAl123 (@allanrg1) January 6, 2021
I think that would work best as Wilson is too isolated and expected to do it on his own. Playing Carroll would draw opposing defenders in, which would allow Wilson more space to move into
— Bruce Scott (@officialboetie) January 6, 2021
It’s worth a try get them both up the pitch
— Richard (@bigladrik) January 6, 2021
Cause some physical problems, those two!!
— Pete Bevils (@petethebear1) January 6, 2021
Our best display of the season was away to west ham with Carroll and Wilson up front, followed by our home win over Everton, big Joe didn’t figure in these 2 games?
— Bellringer1 (@Bellringer111) January 6, 2021
Dear God – he’s actually serious as well…..
— MKerr63 (@Kerr63M) January 6, 2021
— Rae Crosland (@Rae_C) January 6, 2021
No – utterly ridiculous
— David Robson (@dagvidjunior) January 6, 2021
Oh God no
— razorscharp (@scharlynot) January 6, 2021