Carroll Disappoints in Preston Loan Spell


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.

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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 it’s a little disappointing he didn’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.


18 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #1

    at 19 we should have a fair idea of what he’s capible of , but i think he didnt get as many games as maybe he should have , no doubt due to his foul mouth infront of all the preston supporters with their young kids present .

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Hadrian – what was that about his bad language?

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  • Howie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3

    ye heard he caused havoc while on england duty but what happened at preston

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    it was near the start of his loan spell , he was on the bench effing and blinding his mouth off , apparently there was loads of complaints from the familys seated near the dugouts .

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  • mark

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

    He lives near me, I bumped into him in sainsburys, im 19 myself, and his ego, christ, ive never known anyone to be that cocky, he had sunglasses and a cap on, this was around may last year. I saw him and said “look theres andy carroll” and he turned to me and my mate and was like “yeah who the f*** are you? dont speak to what you cant get close to” me and my mate burst into stitches and call him a daft b*stard lol. Also on myspace he calls himself “The Big A.C” Cockiness is his downfall.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Hadrian – not good – being too big for your boots at 18 is a recipe for disaster.

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  • Howie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #7

    british players now coming through academies are getting too much too soon. sure look at what is happening to jonny evans at united. they think they are better than the normal human being.

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  • mark

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont think “the big ac” is going to be here much longer, apparently has an awful attitude, and come on, 7 starts 1 goal and 1 red card in the championship, lmao, ameobi would do better!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #9

    mark – you should have laid him out son, people like that deserve it, the young foreigners arent like that, only the young english players, think they are gods gift.

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  • mark

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Tom_Toon – lmao I wish I had of! my mate just burst into stitches at him then i was laughing all round the supermarket lol, was mint how he said it and its just like “your nobody mate” – he thinks hes david beckham or somebody, at least becks is fairly modest.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #11

    i would have wound him up mark , and baited him into starting 😛 , nice little compo package that would have been 😀 , not nice but those types of people deserve it imo:P

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  • billy

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    for fu** sake if he really said that ive gone right off the prick and hope he doesnt make it as a pro. agree with tom toon you should of clocked him one.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Carroll is very over-rated imo.

    Still, better than Ameobi.

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  • Chicken

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah except he’s 6’3″ and goes to the gym everyday. Giving him a clip round the ear sounds nice in theory but in practice would probably only result in an embarrassing trip to A&E so you can be surgically removed from next week.

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  • chorleypne

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #15

    on the occasions i saw him play he was very disappointing. made no impact whatsoever and glad to send him back

    if he makes it with you guys then you will be struggling because he just didnt look good enough

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  • Tripp

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Just pop ’em in the throat. He won’t do much while he’s rolling around on the ground gasping for air and his trach slowly swells shut. Size and fitness don’t count for much then.

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  • Tripp

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Seriously though, what a tosser. Not that uncommon though. That’s what the modern game does to people.

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  • Leo

    Jan 3, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #18

    i would have loved that to have been me, i probably would have laughed at him, but i have a short fuse and would probly ended with teeth on the floor. either way his or mine.

    am gutted about hearing this because i had a real hope he would come and do well for us but now i hope he goes and breaks his legs…

    well maybe not that bad but u lot get my drift.

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