'No room for sentiment' – Steve Bruce talks Newcastle United selection and Andy Carroll's future

Andy Carroll looks to edging towards the end of his second spell at Newcastle United – but Steve Bruce says there’s no room for sentiment in football as he hints at potential final home game snub for striker.

Since signing in the summer of 2019, rarely used Carroll is yet to score in front of fans, his only goal coming in the Magpies’ behind-closed-doors Leicester City defeat in January.

And in recent months the Geordie frontman has been overlooked, barely making an appearance off the bench as his United contract runs down.

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While many are wondering whether Bruce will allow Carroll a final farewell in front of 10,000 against Sheffield United, the head coach only has eyes for three points, not emotion and sentiment.

Newcastle United's English striker Andy Carroll warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2021.

“The one thing I can't be is sentimental,” he said.

“I want to win the two games. I want to get to 45 points.

“There is no room for sentiment when we’ve got two big games. We want to finish well.”

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