Carroll Will Push Hard For More First Team Appearances


19 year old striker Andy Carroll talked today to the Evening Chronicle, about his very definite first-team ambitions next season.

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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 friendly  last year against Juventus, which Newcastle won handily 2-0.

After that match, Buffon, who we think is clearly the world’s best goalkeeper,  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:

“After last season and getting a taste of the first team, I am ready for more action.”

“The more you are involved, the more you want to play again with the first team.”

“My aim for the new season is to be fit and push for more appearances.”

“I’ve said before that if I have to go out on loan I will.”

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.

Comments very welcome.



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25 comments so far

  • toonfan1

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    he was very good in that match but i think he will probably become a neil mellor- someone who will score for fun in the reserves but struggles for the first team. i hope thats not the case but it is a high possibility
    WALL VIRGINITY- sorry couldnt help it

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  • dingo

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    The more I see of AC the more I like him. I hope big things are afoot for our homegrown striker. I say put him in the first team for this year and see what happens.

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  • Beattie

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I say we should loan him out again for at least half a season, we’d probably have to bring another striker in then though

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Looks to lazy, thinks hes made it already.

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    By all accounts he has a serious attitude problem and as per his Preston loan, I’m not sure what it’s based on. I think Kamblera is a better long term bet.

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  • indian toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #7

    we need to reserve a midfield spot for our youngsters in the senior team !

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t agree that he looks lazy. Quite the opposit, when he’s come on as sub on the few occassions he has, he’s looked right up for it. If Viduka is unfit and we don’t sign another forward who can hold up the ball I think we’ll see a lot of him this season. The alternative is Smith. I don’t mind Smith – I don’t think he’s been given a fair crack of the whip. Unfortunately, unless he hits form as soon as the season begins he’ll be the victim of the boo boys.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Zamblera is so brilliant e has played a grand total of 30 mins of reserve football.

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  • dingo

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree MAG PIE…… with KK as the gaffer rather than SA I have the feeling that he will learn a lot. (about attack!)

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  • indian toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    i think kazenga lua lua deserves a chance in the first team !

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  • Leo

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    i dont agree tom toon when i have seen carroll play he hasnt looked lazy at all, quite the opposite he is a hard worker and runs alot

    reading his words it seems he isnt as arrogant as people say he is, this may be due to having a good publicist but who knows.

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  • Leo

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    and also tom toon i agree that i cant understand how people can possible state zamblera is good never mind great with only 30 odd minutes of football- he is still young though so lets see next season, i will try to get to all the home reserve matches

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  • Bill F SPLASH MORE CASH ASH

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Wel lets hope he can step up, there seems to be too many of our young players failing to make the grade and leaving the club. The only one who has made the transition, although many people don’t think so (I’m not one of them) is Taylor.

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  • Martin's

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Tom-Toon :-
    If he was called Andrei Carrolski you would probably be raving about him! He’s Lazy? Based on what? How many times have you seen him in action?
    Grow up.

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  • AndyT

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope his injury is no to bad and has cleared up before the start of the season. With Viduka allegedly out for the first month, that could be a chance for AC to get a run and show what he can do.

    Quick one on the Jonas transfer thing. Ignoring the usual press rubbish I actually sat down and read the ruling on the webster case. The good news is that it explicitly states a few things that are pleasing from the Newcastle perspective.

    1) the clause is there specifically for the termination by one party (club or player) without there needing to be any grievance as a reason to invoke it, so there is no comeback on a player in terms of eligibility to play for another club for invoking it, as long as they pay the compensation that is determined.

    2) the compensation must be determined purely from the contract that has been broken. Specifically it cannot take into account the fee originally paid for a player, the financial details of any contract a player signs with a new club or any market value, whether determined by the club as the price at which they would sell the player, or as offered by other potential buyers of the player. This means that the €10M bid that Pompey made last Jan (the vast majority of the €13M compensation claim from Mallorca) cannot be used to value the contract.

    3) The FIFA regulations allow for the contract to contain a value or formula to determine the compensation due to the other party if article 17(1) (aka the Webster) is invoked, if this is not there they determined that the only fair and predictable way to assign a value for compensation is based on a combination of the FIFA rules governing compensation for training and development and the remaining fixed amounts that were to be paid under the club (i.e. the players weekly wage excluding any bonuses or appearance fees etc).

    4) The contract between a player and a football club is an employment contract not a business contract, and the FIFA regulations exist to specifically address the nature of this type of employment contract. So Mallorca can’t seek compensation for breach of contract that include things like lost earnings or assets or as many countries have, recompensing them as if the contract had not occured. So they cant go looking to get back the fee they paid for him or the wages or any of the ancillary costs like training or health care that they have paid for him.

    5) If the player joins a new club after invoking the article, then the new club is equally liable for the compensation. The ruling says that this is basically to avoid there needing to be any investigation into whether or not the new club “incited” the player to rescind the contract.

    So the nuts and bolts of it are Newcastle have to pay the compensation which will be 2 years worth of whatever basic wage he was on at Mallorca + whatever the compensation amount would be for player development (in this case peanuts) I think he was on something like £20,000 before coming to Newcastle, so we will probably end up paying about £2.5M for him. I think that if Newcastle basically offer the two clubs £2M each to shut up and go away, they will quite quickly take it.

    I also heard from a Mallorca fan (who was asking me about Freddy Shepherd and not liking my answers 🙂 ) that the reason that the Pompey deal fell through was that Jonas refused to play in a match in the run up to the Jan transfer window because Mallorca wouldn’t take out an additional €30M insurance policy for him in case he got injured before the transfer could go through and missed his high wage premiership career. His opinion was good player with lots of pace, good high balls into the box, but not good at low/through balls. South American flair and South American temperament to match. Should be fun to watch, especially with KK.

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  • AndyT

    Jul 9, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    OK – so it wasn’t that quick 🙂

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  • Terry

    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    the bog boys? Also I wouldn’t say Buffon is clearly the world’s best goalkeeper, Casillas is certainly his equal.

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  • DC Magpie

    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye Indian, Lua Lua looks lively and would no doubt make a great impact player off the bench.

    Here’s to more youngsters making the step up this coming season.

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  • Anthony

    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20

    he is not lazy…anyway loan him out for first team football and let him replace Viduka next season

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  • Joe Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers andy

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Would love to see him turn in to a great player next season, the potential is there like, if he started to reproduce the kind of form that he showed against juve in that friendly then we could save ourselves a few million in the transfer market like! but never the less i’d like to see us buy Gomez in! he’s still young 23 i think & will still improve then if carroll keeps progressing nicely we’ll have more than suitable cover when viduka finally moves on! dont get me wrong Viduka is a very valuable player for us, i dont understand when people say get rid! his touch is immense & he knows where the goal is! yes he’s no speed merchant & his movement aint brilliant but thats why the front 3 work so well! together they make up the perfect striker! Owens movement,oba’s pace & power, Viduka’s touch & hold up play! i’m excited for next season think we’re goin cause a lot of problems for defences! come on the toon!!!!!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    It looks like he’ll get his chance!!
    he way ashleys spending!!

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Tom Toon
    I said kamblera was long term

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Indian Toon said Zamblera was great, not you, he must have edited his post.

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