Carroll Told He’s Only On First Rung Of The Ladder

Newcastle United’s 19 year-old exciting young striker Andy Carroll heads off to pick up more caps for the England Under-19 team.


Andy Carroll – to represent England Under-19 in Belarus

The Gateshead-born striker is off for the Under-19 tournament in Belarus with England, and his club manager Kevin Keegan advises him not to get carried away with his early success.

Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today about the exciting young striker:

“I thought Andy Carroll did very, very well in the first half of our game at Goodison Park last Sunday, when we gave him a supply.”

“He kept battling in the second half, as you would expect from a young lad who has been given a chance.”

“He’s got a lot to learn, but the things he needs to pick up, both on the pitch and on the training ground, I think he is capable of.”

“He’s a long way from the finished article, but he had a taste of it.”

“Let’s hope he goes away on a holiday thinking he’s gone one rung up a very long ladder, and not that he’s hit the big time, because that’s all he’s done.”

Wise words from manager Keegan, and we think (and hope) Andy will heed these words, because there’s been far too many young stars who have not made it, because they’ve gone off the rails in one way or another.

But Andy is lucky in that he’s surrounded by good people and excellent coaches at the Tyneside club, and has a very good chance to become an excellent striker for Newcastle.

He had a tough time when on loan at Preston North End, but when he came back in January, he seemed to recapture all his old form, and when he did play for Newcastle, looked the exciting young prospect he is.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • cooldj

    May 16, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity

  • cooldj

    May 16, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    thought we could have given him a couple more starts towards the end of the season though i’m still not sure he will make it to be honest.

  • Hammy

    May 16, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry guys, don’t rate him at all…….
    if he has one foot on the ladder it must be propped up against Jack’s beanstalk.
    Would love to be proved wrong but I don’t think so.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 16, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve heard he has quite a high opinion of himself. If true, it wouldn’t hurt for him to learn a little modesty.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Hamas (51 times) – we hear that too.

  • Graeme

    May 16, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    One thing for certain, KK wont hesitate to knock him down a peg or two if he think he needs it. There are probably a fair few more who will do everything to keep him focused on what he’s supposed to be doing.

    He still has a very long way to go, if he’s going to be a Premier League Centre Forward!!!!

  • Leo

    May 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    well im sure he will come good in the future he just needs first team experience

    get him away on loan at a championship club or a newly promoted club then see where things take him

  • emantoon

    May 16, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #8

    yep.. i disappointed with his performance at preston where he suppose to shine. he’s lucky in newcastle. high hope for him.

  • Stami

    May 16, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    A slice of humble pie wouldnt hurt the lad!

    -Hammy i completely disagree with you! i rate him a huge prospect for us!

    he is still very young, his game has not fully developed yet! Im hoping we will see alot more of him next season, ease him into the 1st team!

    well, we shall see what happens i guess!

  • Hammy

    May 16, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think you will ever have Carroll and 9 on a Newcastle first team shirt…….

  • Ross

    May 16, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    i rate him, i honestly still to this day havnt seen him make a mistake. i didnt watch the everton game so not sure what he was like in that. give him a few more games and once he gets a bit of confidence i think he will be decent. i think he does exactly the same job as alan smith, but carroll is way more likely to score a goal.

  • Will

    May 16, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Worth seeing if we could loan him out for another season? Ideally to one of the clubs being promoted but more realistically to any sod who will have him 🙂


    May 16, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Did anyone see the U21s last night if so does anyone think we should relieve Boro of Adam Johnson ?

  • bo

    May 16, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Spurs are already in talks with adam johnson.

  • Scott H11

    May 16, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #15

    He needs a lot of time to develop, I’ve watched him all season and he has good pace and movement but has a seriously poor attitude and thinks he’s all that.

  • Ian

    May 16, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    I think if someone at the club still thinks he has something he needs loaning out to a lower premiership club, there is something wrong with him in the first team he just doesnt seem to have the urgency about him.
    I would sell him while some people still think he has the ability to score a lot of goals, rather than wait for him to prove either way, we could be relegated waiting for him to put some effort in.
    Not convinced at all, if we keep him I hope those of you who rate him can tell me how wrong I was.

  • Tommy

    May 16, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Thought he looked a bit smug on the Newc world interview..

    If he works extremely hard and eats some humble pie, he could make it..

  • gallowgate31

    May 16, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #18

    If he has self belief whats wrong with that ? Ronaldo loves himself …….

    Could it be confidence growing within him, he might well be realising a lifelong dream that spreads across the geordie nation…..

    If he is another home grown talented striker I would much rather we give him the chance now rather than pay another record transfer to bring him home , I’m not making comparisons here but you never know .

    If he has the confidence then throw him in, give him 10 games to see what he is capable of ( should have been this season |),

    his 1st goal against Juve was ok !

  • Graham

    May 17, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #19

    I live near Boro but am a NUFC season ticket holder and have friends who are smoggies, they rate Johnson highly so if the price was right I would say go for him!

  • Scott H11

    May 17, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    We dont need young guns who spit in their girlfriend’s face and then scrub food in their face in the early hours of the morning, that I do know !! Sell the toerag !!


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