Andy Carroll: Steve Bruce delighted by Newcastle striker's performance on return

"If he is right, he will be a handful for anybody," says Bruce after Carroll's assist in Newcastle's win at Sheffield United

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was delighted with Andy Carroll's contribution after his first start of the season in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce thinks forward Andy Carroll can be a "big asset" to the club over the remainder of the season.

Having rejoined his first professional club in the summer, Carroll made his first start for Newcastle since 2010 in Thursday night's 2-0 win at Sheffield United - and made a goal for Jonjo Shelvey before he was substituted with 18 minutes left.

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Bruce said: "Andy can be hugely important - we have got to make sure we look after him.

"He had been performing in training for the last four, five weeks - before he unfortunately nicked a little rib muscle, which are always painful.

"When that was OK, he was ready to go.

Andy Carroll made a positive impact at Sheffield United on Wednesday
Image: Carroll made a positive impact at Bramall Lane on Thursday

"The longer it went on (against Sheffield United), the better he got - and he got an assist in his first game, which can't be bad.

"He will be a big asset to us, if he stays well, and that is the big thing for me and the medical staff, to keep him right.

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Carroll played his part defensively at Bramall Lane as well, making several key headers.

And Bruce added: "He would have made a world-class centre-half back in my day, because he just goes and heads it.

"When he is around our own 18-yard box, he does his job well - that was part of the reason he played.

"He has got a physicality and a presence - he gives everyone a lift when he is in and around the training ground."

However, Carroll may not be able to go again at Southampton on Sunday, with Bruce adding: "We will come to Sunday and see how he is - that may be asking too much."

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