Kevin Keegan seem to like what he sees in our 19 year old 6â€™3â€ striker Andrew Carroll, and the manager has already turned down offers from Championship clubs who wanted to take Andy on loan for the rest of the season.
Andy Carroll – making an impact at the club
Keegan told the Shields Gazette
“Andy’s done well, and I’m pleased with him.â€“We’ve probably only got two or three youngsters here at the moment who I can honestly say are near the first team, and he’s one of them.â€
“He’s different. He’s fresh. He’s got that lovely youthful exuberance. He comes in and puts himself about, and he can only get better.”
Gateshead-born Carroll was out on loan at Preston North End for the first 6 months of the season and didn’t fare too well. However, since he’s returned he’s been as good as ever, so obviously he learned some things at Preston that have made him a better player and pushing for a first team spot.
Andy made his first team debut under Glenn Roeder last season, coming on in the UEFA Cup tie away to Serie A side Palermo. That was the same game that 19 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul played his one and only game for the senior side in a great performance that resulted in a 1-0 win for Newcastle.
He is also an England Under-19 International and the next step in Andy’s development will be making it to the first team, and maybe then getting the nod from the England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce.Â But that’s out in the future in the next year or so, if Andy is indeed to make it to the big time.
With Owen, Martins, Viduka, Smith and Ameobi all fit for Saturday, it’s hard to see how Andy can even make the bench against Blackburn Rovers. But make no mistake, the young boy is a growing power to be reckoned with, and we look forward to him breaking though into the first team, maybe next season.
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