There’s probably nothing a young Geordie striker would like to hear more, than praise from one of the greatest strikers Newcastle United have ever produced – Gosforth born and raised Alan Shearer.
Shearer – smiling because Andy looked so good
Alan Shearer has today praised the latest local lad – even if he was born south of the Tyne – to score a goal for his famous hometown club.
Andy Carroll not only had a good game for the side on Saturday, but he also scored the vital second goal, with a great header, that earned Newcastle a vital point.
A defeat on Saturday would have had the storm clouds gathering again over the Tyne.
And Shearer has 206 goals for Newcastle United, beating my boyhood hero, the great Jackie Milburn, born and raised in nearby Ashington, by just 6 goals.
Alan is delighted to see another Geordie coming through the ranks at St.James’ Park.
“To see a youngster come through from the ranks is great,”
“Let’s face it he wouldn’t be in the side if Mark Viduka, Oba Martins and Shola Ameobi were fit.”
“But he’s been given a great chance.” “He had an earlier chance but to his credit he wasn’t afraid to go in and miss again.”
“But it was a great header and he earned Newcastle a point.”
Andy is still far from the finished product as Michael Owen talked about on Friday. But they have identified the weaknesses in Andy’s game and with players like Michael Owen only too willing to help the youngster on the training field, Andy has a great chance to make it big at Newcastle.
Here’s a thought – why couldn’t Shearer come in to help Joe with the training and work with our strikers – like Andy – that would be good for the club.
But Andy must also keep his feet firmly on the found because once he starts believing his own headlines – it’s all over.
Note: Have a look at Ed’s new report on the game on Saturday in his News Of The World column – and please leave some comments – thanks!