McAvennie verdict on Carroll starting for Newcastle v Chelsea
Frank McAvennie insists Andy Carroll will not be able to replace the movement of injured Callum Wilson in the Monday Newcastle United clash against Chelsea.
The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has assessed one of Steve Bruce’s main options to start up front in place of his star man.
Bruce announced on Thursday that Wilson would be sidelined for between six and eight weeks after damaging his hamstring in the first half of last week’s 3-2 win over Southampton.
Bruce faces a selection dilemma with other forward options Joelinton, Dwight Gayle and Carroll having just one league goal each this season.
McAvennie claims that Carroll simply can’t replace the movement and ‘shuffling’ that has made Wilson a success at his new club.
“Andy Carroll isn’t going to do what Wilson does”, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
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“Put the ball in the box and he’ll try and get his head on it but that’s what you get with Andy, what you see is what you get.
“He’s not getting any younger so he’s not going to do the shuffling about that Wilson would be doing.
“When Andy plays, people seem to think that when you play with a big centre forward you’ll launch the ball up and he’ll fight for it.
“But he’s a decent footballer as well, good with his feet but people keep launching it at the lad.
“He can play football as well but he’s not got the movement that Wilson has, no disrespect to Andy but he’s a different kind of player.
“Newcastle will have to get used to not having Wilson quickly, the fans are growing impatient again.”
Newcastle face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night as the Magpies look to end Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten record as Chelsea boss.
Carroll could start the game as Bruce works out which of his forward options he should select in Wilson’s absence.
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