Noel Whelan says that Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll will do all he can to silence doubts over his fitness in order to deliver for his boyhood club.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 30-year-old has proven what a handful he can be for defenders after a run of games under Steve Bruce.
Saturday saw the homegrown hitman start his third game in four matches against Crystal Palace, his header setting up Miguel Almiron to net the winner at St James’ Park.
Whelan says that it is inevitable the striker will find himself sidelined due to his poor injury record but that he has no better incentive to remain available than playing for him hometown club.
“It’s great to see Carroll back, putting his weight around and giving centre-halves a torrid time,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“We know he’s going to have injuries but we also know what he brings to the party as well. Steve Bruce knew that before he signed him.
“He brought him back home, if that doesn’t give you enough incentive to keep yourself fit – playing in front of your home fans – I don’t know what is?”
Carroll has played a total of 11 times for Newcastle since returning on a free transfer over the summer, although only three of those appearances have come among the starting XI.
He missed large periods through injury during his time at West Ham, managing to play just 14 times last season after two separate ankle surgeries.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson says that the Magpies could sign a serious “asset” as they are linked with an international midfielder.