Andy Carroll could be set for his second Newcastle debut against Brighton on Saturday, with Steve Bruce confirming to the Chronicle the striker has received positive news from a specialist.
There is no doubt that scoring goals is a bit of a worry this season, with us scoring no more than one goal in any game so far, something Bruce has acknowledged.
Speaking about the current situation, he said: “We have picked up injuries that have limited us a little bit. It’s a big week for a couple of them [the injured players], Andy in particular, it would give us a goal threat.
“You have to score goals from everywhere but the top end of the pitch is the most crucial.
“He will hopefully train all week. It is a big week, training-wise. If he can do it without a reaction that is the important thing.”
Getting Carroll back into the squad this weekend would give everyone associated with the club a boost.
The fans could help lift the players if Carroll comes on as a substitute
There is no doubt it would give the fans a little something extra to cheer, and would surely ensure a more fervent atmosphere, should he come off the bench at some stage.
That, in turn, would give the players a lift, who can also feed off the crowd.
It would also give Bruce some much-needed options from the bench – particularly with Dwight Gayle and Allan Saint-Maximin still sidelined.
Having someone who can influence a game from the bench is crucial in the Premier League, and it is plainly missing from the substitutes Newcastle have been able to select this season.
Yoshinori Muto, as likeable as he is, is looking less and less like a player capable of making it in the Premier League, and once Carroll, Saint-Maximin and Gayle recover, it is questionable how many more opportunities the Japanese striker will get.
But if Carroll can be involved against Graham Potter’s Seagulls, we could see a fantastic ovation when he finally makes his entrance.