Andrew Carroll – Star In The Making at Newcastle

Sam Allardyce is obviously seeing some of the potential of our youngsters as he talked today about Andrew Carroll. Andrew has played for the youth team these last two years but made his first team debut last season.

Andrew of course is our young and exciting local prospect who was born in Gateshead.

We’ll take a look at what Sam had to say about Andrew – but we think Sam will have to decide at some point soon what to do with the likes of Carroll, Krul, Edgar and perhaps Huntington – on whether he will send the youngsters out on loan next season.


18 year-old Andrew Carroll

Sam Allardyce said today:

“I have heard so much about Andy from other managers because they keep ringing up and asking for him on loan, which rather excited me about the potential of the young man.”

“There is very good potential there. Whether it’s going to be in key areas in the Premier League this year, I’ll decide that further down the line as the season comes closer.”

“He can play a part now because Mark Viduka is away, but when Mark comes back, I will have a full assessment and there might be the possibility that one of those managers may get lucky.”

“I may loan him out if I feel that’s the right thing for Andy and the right thing for us.”

“Or if he carries on improving and showing the sort of potential he’s got, I might decide to keep him here and use him when I feel necessary to give him some Premier League experience.”

Andy was given his first-team debut in the UEFA Cup tie against Palermo on November 2, 2006, when he appeared as a late substitute and became the youngest ever player to represent Newcastle in Europe – at the age of 17 years and 300 days. That’s the game in which goalkeeper Tim Krul also made his debut and played so well in the victory.

18-year-old Carroll has started both of Newcastle’s pre-season friendlies – with Mark Viduka away on international duty captaining Australia – but returning later this week to start training with the Newcastle squad.

Allardyce has apparently been inundated with requests from managers to take Andrew on loan as he attempts to find the games he will need to further his development. He has so far made seven appearances, all from the bench, in competitive games for Newcastle, and played 45 minutes in last week’s 3-1 win over Hartlepool United and the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Carlisle United. At an imposing 6ft 3ins, Carroll, who is contracted to the club until 2011, is a physical presence and used his sizable frame to very good effect at Victoria Park.

Andrew Carroll was born January 6, 1989 in Gateshead – and attended the Brighton Avenue Primary School, and Joseph Swan School. Andy was drafted into the Newcastle Academy and during the last two years has starred for the Newcastle Youth team who have twice reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Last year they were narrowly defeated by Everton and this year were beaten by the winners of the last two years – Liverpool. In this year’s final Liverpool defeated Manchester United on penalties – and the semi-finalists were Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle – which tells you the club is doing an excellent job at the academy to be with such illustrious company.

Andrew made his debut in the FA Cup in the disastrous 5-1 home defeat to Birmingham City in January, appearing as a substitute for the last 10 minutes. On 25 February 2007, he made his Premiership debut, coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute in the 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic. Only a good save from Wigan Athletic goalkeeper John Filan prevented Carroll from scoring his first senior goal in a Newcastle United shirt.


Andrew with the 2007 Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy

In 2007, he won the ‘Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy’, given each year to the rising young star of north-east football.

Certainly we’re sure all fans will hope that Carroll eventually makes it big at Newcastle – good luck to him – and may he score many goals for Newcastle in the future!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Dave

    Jul 24, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Keep him. Our strike force is not the most robust in the country is it? It’s annoying but sooner or later we will definately need him as two or more of our strikers drop out injured.

    Maybe (?) Edgar could go out on loan, prhaps even Krul but I’d definately keep Huntington and Carroll under the eye of Sam and regularly running out for the reserves. This last point is especially important as Sam seems to have no qualms about playing first team members in the reserves to find form and fitness. Playing alongside more experienced players in reserve and for odd spells in the first team will do these lads a world of good.

  • Greg

    Jul 24, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Loan him out, let him have a whole season playing regular 1st team football, hes only 18 the experience would do him the world of good. Besides we have 4 top strikers aswell of the possibilty of playing luque and dyer up front so we have plenty of cover.

  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 24, 2007 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    A ggod Lad is Andy Carroll . Loaning him out possibly a good idea ,but will our Strkers stay fit??? So he might get a chance more than we think in the Ist Team but clearly BSA will know whats best for him .
    Cant see K Dyer staying unless he really is prepeared to fight for his place and roll his sleeves up – last chance saloon ? Or sell him in Jan window . Luque clearly hasnt been fit so hopefully the Sport Science team can sort the Lad out ASAP . Cost £9.5mill so surely we cant waste the talent . What on earth was going on before BSA !!

  • Ivan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    he’s a very good reserve, keep him and giv him experience.

    he might just be our no. 9 one day

  • Andy T

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I think at 18 he wouldn’t be starting every week in a championship side. I think this new system of only allowing full season loans is rubbish – he’d be perfect to go and have a three month loan and see if he came on a bit then either play him if we pick up a knock, or get him out for the rest of the season after Christmas. Exactly like SAF did with Rossi last season.

  • Doctapaul

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    IMO Andy Carroll is our best prospect striker since Chris Waddle.

  • Ed Case

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Doctapaul – except that Waddle was a midfielder…

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Waddle – Striker???? pardon??

  • Rich

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    looks like hes got good potential, farm him out to some other teams for teh time being though in my eyes.

    although, the fact that everyday Sam is talking about how good our young players are is starting to bug me… we all know how god Huntington, Troisi & Caroll are what we want to know is who is going to be signed!!!!

    its almost as if NUFC are trying to apease us by talking about our wonderful youths instead of who we should and are signing.

  • evil dick

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I say hang onto him this year, I just don’t think all our strikers will stay fit. Play him in the reserves and maybe send him out next year if we need to.

  • apan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #11

    keep him, obafemi martins will be out during the african cup, so we really need another striker right and with our injury jinx, better be prepared by now!

  • Maja'90-one serbian girl

    Jul 29, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #12

    He is the best and most beautyfull football player,he is so,so,so sexy…I love him so much!!!!!!:)))


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