Andy Carroll, who turns 20 years old tomorrow, said he was delighted to be involved as a starter in Saturday’s vital game at Hull City, and Andy performed very well, especially in the first half.
Andy Carroll – looked the part in first half
The 19-year-old was handed only his second ever start for his home town club at the KC Stadium and the lad was all action in the first half, as he proved more than a handful for the Hull City defense.
We think this boy has everything it takes to make it at the top level as long as he’s brought along slowly and widely by the Newcastle coaching staff.
But the lad’s 6’3” frame and excellent skills should get him some goals in the future, and he was unlucky not to get a headed goal after just 2 minutes on Saturday, and he went close again on 21 minutes.
The Gateshead-born striker talked about the game today:
“I was buzzing when I saw I was in the starting eleven and I thought I did quite well,”
“I don’t know if Joe Kinnear thought I had a good game but I’d love to be involved next week.”
Carroll will definitely improve with games, and he’s been in excellent form for the Reserves this season, and has .
That’s another reason we never quite understood why it was wise (excuse the pun) to sign Xisco in August, when we already had Andy and other good young strikers coming along at the club. Xisco was on the bench on Saturday after his £5.7M signing from Deportivo – a good deal for the Spanish club.
Andy thought he had scored his very first senior goal for Newcastle:
“I was nearly celebrating to be honest,” “MO put a great ball and I got on the end of it but the keeper made a good save.
“It was a good start for us but after that the game was quite scrappy.” “We went looking for a win but, in the end, we were happy with a draw.”
“Now we can take them back to St.James’ Park and hopefully get the win in front of our own fans.”
And it was noticeable too that Owen seemed to prosper from having a big man playing up front with him, and maybe a Carroll Owen partnership or Carroll Martins partnershipould be a big one for the future at Newcastle.
Certainly Oba has already said he just loves playing alongside Andy up front.
Andy will have to look at why and how he dropped off in the second half and no doubt Chris and Joe will go through that with the youngster this week, but another start on Saturday would be fine with us – the lad will only get better with more games. His first touch was poor at times too, especially in the second half, so that’s an area he can improve in.
Happy Birthday for tomorrow to Andy – and maybe his first senior goal for the club next Saturday – that would be very good.