Andrew Carroll talked today to the Newcastle Journal about his six month loan spell at Preston North End, which was arranged yesterday.
With so many Championship clubs after young Andrew, it was a recommendation from boss Sam Allardyce that sent him on his way to Deepdale, and under the care of Preston manager Paul Simpson.
Andrew Carroll - looking forward to his spell at Preston
Now we have Tim Krul at Falkirk and Andrew at Preston we’ll have to keep a watch out for them during the next six months to see how they are doing. All being well we would expect both players to be at their respective clubs all season – not just through January.
We certainly think these two are potential stars of the future at Newcastle and it’s sensible that Big Sam has sent them out to get some playing experience.
This is what 18 year-old Andrew told Luke Edwards of the Journal today:
â€œI was given a few clubs to choose from, but when I was looking at them Preston looked like the right move so I got straight on the phone to Paul and sorted it out.â€
â€œThey seemed like the right team for me and I thought that Iâ€™d fit in well. Thereâ€™s a few good players here and hopefully I can get on well with them.â€
â€œObviously Iâ€™m delighted with the move and I just want to play some games and get some goals under my belt.”
“I hope I get some goals down here so that I can show everyone I can do it.â€
Carrollâ€™s height at 6’4â€, and obvious strength in the air will make him quite a handful in the Championship – and it’s going to be very interesting to see how he progresses. While goals will be one measure of his achievements this season the youngster was keen to stress to Preston supporters yesterday there is more to the Gateshead-born player than just winning headers.
Andrew went on:
â€œEveryone thinks Iâ€™m a target man, but itâ€™s not just about the head all the time,â€
â€œI can get the ball down and score goals with my feet as well. Everyone calls me a young Duncan Ferguson up in Newcastle.â€
â€œThey say Iâ€™m aggressive and good in the air, able to hold up play. Sam said Preston is a good club so I took his word for it and Iâ€™m down here and I just want to do well.â€
â€œThe gaffer here tells me that weâ€™ve got a good bunch of lads and heâ€™s just expecting me to train well and get into the first team.â€
â€œIâ€™d just like to play my best all the time and play every week.â€
The Preston fans should love Andrew – once he starts producing for them. It’s going to be good to watch young stars Tim Krul and Andy Carroll coming along in the next few months – they certainly seem to have everything it takes to make it in the big time – but the next season or so will be very important to both of them.