News today, on several football sites, reporting that Derby County are interested in signing 19 year-old Newcastle striker Andrew Carroll.
Andy Carroll – 19 year-old striker is a top Newcastle prospect
Derby County manager Paul Jewell is said to want the England Under-19 star to boost his strike-force for next season, in the Championship.
That doesn’t surprise us that Jewell would be interested, but Newcastle would hardly be willing to sell one of their most promising local young players.
With Rob Earnshaw leaving Derby for Nottingham Forest, and Kenny Miller heading back to Glasgow Rangers, the Daily Mail reports that Jewell is focusing on youth.
Jewell has only recently given up on his bid to sign 28 year-old Rob Hulse from Sheffield United but we would say there is zero chance of Derby getting Andy Carroll.
The best chance Derby have is to get Newcastle to let them have Carroll on loan.
But the youngster was looking good at the end of last season, and is ready to overtake Alan Smith in the pecking order at St. James’ Park, and be the club’s 4th striker behind Owen, Martins and Viduka.
However, we do expect another top striker to be signed this summer by the Magpies.
Since Kevin Keegan is still likely to play 4-3-3 next season, the youngster could still get some good playing time at St. James’ Park, if he continues to show the same vast improvement he’s made over the last two seasons.
We’re not sure manager Kevin Keegan would even agree to allowing Andy to go out on loan, even for half a season.
Keegan is a big admirer of the 6’3″ striker, who shows all the signs of becoming a top player, and the youngster can learn a lot from Kevin.
Andy can indeed become very successful at Newcastle, but he must keep his head down, and his feet firmly on the ground.