Danny Mills claims that Steve Bruce’s gamble to bring Andy Carroll back to Newcastle United is failing to pay off after revealing he is only training twice a week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and England defender says that the target man is going to struggle to get through one half of football, let alone a full game, with his current training regime.
Bruce has revealed that the homegrown hitman is not taking part in all of Newcastle’s training sessions on Tyneside as he undergoes a personalised schedule to help manage his fitness concerns.
Mills says that Bruce’s revelation should be a concern for the Magpies, highlighting how the striker is going to struggle to build his match fitness without training on a consistent basis.
Mills told Football Insider: “This was always going to be the doubt signing Andy Carroll, we all assumed he would be on a pay-as-you-play contract, I don’t think anyone would be too doubtful about that.
“When you need to get fit, when you need a player – at that sort of level he’s going to struggle to play 90 minutes, he’s going to struggle to play 45 minutes if he can’t get through more than two training sessions.
“It looks like a little bit of a gamble that isn’t really paying off at the moment.”
Carroll, who returned to St James’ Park on a free transfer over the summer, has played a total of 89 minutes in four appearances for Newcastle this season, his longest runout a 34-minute cameo versus Manchester United.
He has a total of 94 matches under his belt for his boyhood club, having broken through the youth ranks on Tyneside.
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