Andy Carroll Just Wants To Play Games

Andy Carroll has insisted that he wants to stay at Newcastle United and fight for a first-team place after returning from his loan spell at Preston North End.


Andrew Carroll – 19 year-old has work to do to learn his trade

The 19-year-old 6’3” striker was a surprise inclusion in the Newcastle team that traveled to Stoke City on Sunday for the FA Cup Third Round clash. It looks like Sam wants to take a look at the youngster following his unsuccessful loan spell at Preston North End.

Last night Carroll was part of Newcastle Reserves side that was beaten 3-1 by Sunderland at Kingston Park.

After the game last night Andy talked about his place at Newcastle:

“After being at Preston I just want to play,” “I feel I can do it so why not give it a go?” “I’m delighted to be back at Newcastle United.” “Now I just want to work my way back towards the first team but the start of it is in the reserves.”

“Hopefully I can get a game for the first team and score a few goals.” “But it starts in the reserves and I want to score in the reserves to help get me into the first team.”

Carroll was brought on with just 3 minutes to go on Sunday at Stoke, when he replaced a tired Mark Viduka. And he could have celebrated his 19th birthday with the winning goal had his late effort found its way into the net. But it was a good effort in any case by Andy.

Carroll continued:

“It was a big bonus to get on at Stoke,” “I didn’t expect to travel to the game with the first team, but when the gaffer told me I was on the bench I was over the moon.”

“I then got on at the end and had my chance.” “It was a hard chance from a tight angle but I did the best I could from that position.” “It brushed the post and went into the side netting.”

Andrew Carroll needs to buckle down and get on with the business of learning his trade, There are plenty of experienced strikers at the club from which he can learn.

His errant behavior last November when he was on England Under-19 duty is not what we want to hear, or the foul language he was reported to use at Preston in front of the young Preston supporters.

Andy’s shown some great promise and potential at Newcastle. He now needs to continue getting in games, and quite honestly we wouldn’t mind at all if Andy is in the first team squad of 16 each week – we think he’s that good.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    If SA is going to keep playing little and large up front, why not give Andy a chance. Look at all the time/chances Strola Ameobi got…?
    Get him learning from Duke and we’ll be laughing in a seasons time I think!

  • Drago

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    good lad, i believe that he can provide something good, against stoke he won all headers i think 😉 he’s our future so keep him !

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    working with viduka would be great idea cause he can def win a ball in the air,lets hope he comes good.ameobi out this window.

  • Leo

    Jan 9, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    good good, seems like his attitude is in it


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