Sam Allardyce talked today to the Evening Chronicle about one of our most exciting young prospects 18 year-old Andrew Carroll.
Sheffield Wednesday are ready to take young Andy on loan just likeÂ a whole host of other clubs in the Championship.
Sam will have to decide fairly quickly what he does with Andrew for this season.
Andy Carroll – great player in the making
We should have enough strikers now (five not including Andrew)Â and a season in the Championship should setÂ Carroll up for next year to come back and fight forÂ a starting spot at Newcastle.
That assumes Andy continues to make the tremendous progress we have seenÂ over the last twelve months. Wednesday boss Brian Laws has willingly joined the queue of Championship sides who would just love to take the tall striker on loan before Saturdayâ€™s kick-off.
This is what Sam Allardyce said to the Evening Chronicle about Andy this afternoon.
â€œThe way Andy took the goal against Juventus and Buffon showed you that this isnâ€™t just a big centre forward of the type you see in many teams today.â€
â€œHe looks capable of scoring goals, so there could be a terrific future ahead of him if he continues to develop his game.â€
â€œIn terms of how big a part heâ€™ll play in the Premiership this season, I donâ€™t think itâ€™ll be that big because itâ€™s the hardest place to break into as a young man.â€
â€œBut heâ€™s having a great experience with us at the moment, and heâ€™s getting more games than Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi.â€
â€œMarkâ€™s just come back from the Asian Cup, so itâ€™s given Andy a great opportunity to get more experience, and thatâ€™ll only stand him in good stead for the rest of his career.â€
We think Sam shouldÂ sendÂ Andy out on a six month loan which means if he really takes off – he can return next February and we could still use him in our push in the League or in one of the cups.
It’s only fair to AndrewÂ to do the right thing by him and get him out to a club that will give him games this season. That’s what he needs to develop. However, even if he spends a full season out on loan – which is a possibility – next season at this time he will still be only 19 years-old.
We think we could have a star striker in our midst – in the real Newcastle number 9 fashionÂ of Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer.Â ButÂ he must be brought through slowly and in in the right way – and we’re sure Sam will do justÂ that.
What do you think?
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