Sunday Mirror

CAR­ROLL ON AN EPIC BLANK

- BY JOHN RICHARD­SON Sports · Soccer · England national football team · England · Newcastle United Football Club · Andrew Carroll · Everton F.C. · Everton · Manchester United F.C. · Steve Bruce · West Ham United F.C. · Stoke City F.C. · Stoke-on-Trent · Andy Cole · Kevin Keegan

ANDY CAR­ROLL’S wait for his next Premier League goal now stands at an in­cred­i­ble 38 games.

It Is the equiv­a­lent of a whole sea­son, but the 31-year-old striker’s cult sta­tus on Ty­ne­side has pro­vided pro­tec­tion for the for­mer Eng­land player.

New­cas­tle star Car­roll is likely to start on the sub­sti­tutes bench against Ever­ton but there are no com­plaints from United’s boss Steve Bruce or his staff about the com­mit­ment of a player brought back to the Toon from West Ham at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son.

There was no fee, and his wages were agreed on a pay-per-play plan, with a cer­tain amount of games trig­ger­ing a one-year ex­ten­sion to his con­tract – which was met. Premier League goal bonuses have yet to ap­pear in the Car­roll (right) bank ac­count.

You have to go back to April 16, 2018 for Car­roll’s most re­cent Premier League goal – a last-minute vol­ley to snatch a point for

West Ham against Stoke City. HIs stag­ger­ing top-flight goal famine en­com­passes three games at the end of that sea­son, 12 in his farewell cam­paign with the Ham­mers, 19 on his re­turn to the North East last sea­son... and four so far this time round.

For­mer New­cas­tle United striker Andy

Cole, who scored 34 goals in 40 games in his first Premier League sea­son with the Toon un­der man­ager Kevin Kee­gan, in­sisted: “I know Andy is ap­ply­ing him­self very well and I’m told he has worked re­ally hard on his fitness.

“On his day he is still a real hand­ful but maybe the team has not al­ways played to his strengths. He is of­ten un­playable when it comes to high balls and crosses.

“Give him the right ser­vice and he can still win you games.”

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