19 year old striker Andy Carroll talked today to the Evening Chronicle, about his very definite first-team ambitions next season.
Andy Carroll – clashes with Buffon in pre-season – that was clearly a foul
The youngster made five substitute appearances for the first team last season, and then was given his first ever start in the last game at Goodison Park, by manager Kevin Keegan.
Andy is still waiting for his first senior competitive goal, although he did put a beauty past the great Gianluigi Buffon, in the pre-season friendlyÂ last year against Juventus, which Newcastle won handily 2-0.
After that match, Buffon, who we think is clearly the world’s best goalkeeper,Â said how much he was impressed by the youngster, who held the ball up well for one so young.
The top class goalkeeper thought Andy could go on to become a big star – we hope so.
Certainly Andy doesn’t seem to lack confidence and always appears completely unphased when playing with the bog boys, and that’s great to see.
Andy told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œAfter last season and getting a taste of the first team, I am ready for more action.”
â€œThe more you are involved, the more you want to play again with the first team.”
â€œMy aim for the new season is to be fit and push for more appearances.”
“Iâ€™ve said before that if I have to go out on loan I will.â€
Carroll has done very well this last season for the club, and his improvement over the last two seasons has been phenomenal.
If he keeps that progress up next season, and Kevin doesn’t decide to loan him out to a Championship club, we might see Andy playing a lot more than we would expect. Certainly the coming season will be a big one for players like 20 year-old David Edgar, and for Andy too.
Carroll of course played a massive role in helping the England Under-19s qualify for the Euro Under -19 finals in Sweden, which starts on Monday.
But unfortunately he picked up a heel injury during a training camp in Burton upon Trent, and will miss the finals, as will our Hungarian 18 year-old Tamas Kadar, who is also out injured.
We’ll be following Andy’s progress next season and we think it will take youngsters like Carroll and Edgar to come good, to help the club into that top six position, which will be so vital for us this coming season.
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