Andrew Carroll played his last match for Preston North End today in a 2-1 loss away to Sheffield Wednesday. He now returns to Tyneside from his disappointing 5 months loan spell at Deepdale.
Andrew Carroll – disappointing loan spell at Preston
Andy came on as a substitute after 79 minutes this afternoon to make only his 8th appearance for Preston in 5 months. Unfortunately, Andy then missed a sitter from 6 yards out, in the dying minutes of the game. 🙁
That just about sums up his loan spell at Preston North End, in which he has surprisingly failed to impress. While new Preston Manager and former Newcastle coach, Alan Irvine, would like to keep their other loan striker, Paul Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers, he’s decided not to extend the loan spell of 6’3″ Gateshead-born Carroll.
Sam Allardyce will now welcome back Andy Carroll, who may well be almost immediately sent out on loan to another Championship side or to Motherwell in the Scottish Premier league. Andy needs more games this season, and itâ€™s a little disappointing he didnâ€™t do better at Preston North End. But he’s still a youngster. and we probably shouldn’t make too much of the lack of impact he made at Preston.
In that time he only appeared 8 times for the Deepdale club, got sent off against Scunthorpe, and was reprimanded and sent home when on England Under-19 duty in November. He was called back to Tyneside after his England escapade, for a private meeting with Big Sam, and Sam slammed the youngster for his immature behavior when on England duty.
The best Andrew Carroll can do now is to put this all behind him, try to learn from the experiences of the last 5 months, have a good talk with Big Sam and then hope to do a lot better at his next loan club. But football is not easy and you have to have the guts, drive and determination to succeed in the game. Talent is not the only thing it’s about, that’s for sure.
We still think Andrew is still an excellent prospect, and he’s turns just 19 years-old this coming Sunday. But he will need to show much better form and 100% determination before the end of this season. That’s Andy’s challenge for the next 5 months.
What do you think?
Comments and opinions very welcome.