Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has indicated that deadline day signing Andy Carroll has adopted a mentoring role since his return, giving advice as someone who has been at the club before and knows what it takes to succeed.
Carroll left the Magpies back in January 2011 for Liverpool for around £35m, but he was never able to rediscover the form he showed at his boyhood club. The 30-year-old became a free agent in the summer, having been released by West Ham. However, Newcastle came in recaptured his services.
The forward showed his best form on Tyneside, becoming a fan favourite along the way. While he is currently unable to play due to injury, this has not stopped him from sharing his thoughts to the rest of the squad regarding his experience at the club.
Bruce told reporters, as per the Chronicle Live: “They all want to be round him, they want to feed off his experience and his know how, and also of what Newcastle is about, Im sure.
“All of those experiences can only be a positive and, of course, the biggest positive of all is when you seen him out on the training ground because if we can get the lad fit, we know we have got a smashing player as well."
The Chronicle Live also claim that in a meeting with the clubs forwards, Carroll was vocal and passed on his expertise. This is invaluable to the Magpies, following the signings of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin - both of whom have not played in the Premier League before.
Although the Newcastle man has not been able to get onto the field yet, he has seemingly been making a positive impact behind closed doors. The club are reluctant to set a date for his return, but he is expected to be ready within four or five weeks.