Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll scored his first Premier League goal since rejoining the club as the Magpies fought back in vain during yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
The goal came ten years and eight days after his previous strike for Newcastle United against Manchester City on Boxing Day 2010, a 3-1 home defeat.
His volley against the Foxes, three minutes after being introduced from the bench, saw him break the duck.
Carroll’s goal drought is the second-longest period between scoring in the Premier League for one club.
Wayne Rooney went 13 years and 121 days before he scored again for Everton, having left the Toffees to join Manchester United.
The last time Carroll had scored for anyone in the Premier League was for West Ham United against Stoke City on 16 April 2018.
‘Going to be a great year’
With Carroll ending his drought, some Newcastle fans believe it’s a sign of better things to come for both player and club.
Here’s how some Magpies fans reacted on Twitter:
Andy Carroll goal record
Carroll hasn’t enjoyed the most prolific record at the Magpies, and a lot has happened in the space between his last two goals at the club.
Andy Carroll – career
The 31-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign during 2010-11, scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists in 19 league games for the Toon (Transfermarkt).
His form earned him an England call-up in November that year, one of nine appearances he made for the Three Lions. He then joined Liverpool in January.
Carroll went on loan to West Ham United in summer 2012, with the deal made permanent the following season. Carroll returned to St James’ Park in August 2019.
He was unable to find the net from his 19 league appearances last term but was involved in five attacking returns in the form of assists. These included four assists in a six-game spell in December 2019.