Young Carroll Starting To Look The Part At Newcastle

With Joe Kinnear refusing to speak to the pres after the 2-2 draw with a good West Ham side on Saturday, it was left again to Assistant Manager Chris Hughton to talk about the game.


Andy Carroll – braids and all – after scoring Saturday
One of the positive things on Saturday was again the performance of Andy Carroll, the local lad, who has just turned 20, and had his hair styled with braids.
Yes that was the main news about young Carroll last week and by all reports he took a lot of lerg pulling from the lads last week in training.

And while we thought Andy would give all kinds of trouble to England defender Matthew Upson, Upson had a decent game, but Carroll still roughed him up a bit and easily beat him to the ball from Damien Duff, in the 78th minute, when Andy so easily headed past goalkeeper Green, a great first senior goal from the young Gateshead boy.

Did you notice how he didn’t exactly know what to do after he had scored – he seemed shocked – but it was a smashing header that’s for sure – and such a vital goal for Newcastle.   😀

Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear were rightly  delighted with a second good performance from the youngster, and Chris said after the game:

“I am delighted for the lad. He’s a very game lad and is somebody who wants to do well and has great desire.

“I’m also happy for our supporters because there is nothing better than for fans to see a local lad come through.”

Andy certainly seems to have the spirit, skills  and physical prowess to be a success, and of course he’s been tipped for the top ever since he played in the two successive seasons the Newcastle Youth side reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

But Andy has also been notching goals for the Reserves regularly over the last couple of years and that’s what he needs to keep doing in the first team.

But if Andy can keep coming through at Newcastle this season, we’ll be able to unload both Viduka and Smith from our squad in the summer, and save the club a massive £120K/week in wages too, so that has to be a good deal.

This is Andy’s big chance at the club. and it looks like he’s determined to take it, but like with any youngster, patience will be a virtue in the way the club brings the youngster along.

Comments welcome.

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!

17 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2


  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3


  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Good goal,Bad Hair.

  • jim

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5


  • AmSickOfThis

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    like a lot of our youngsters Carroll needs games not sure if they will get them though

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Sirjason – are you bored this morning?

    Come on Carroll son. You are pretty fly for a white guy and that header was a loveley goal.
    + saved wor ar%e too!!!!

    Its good he has a mentor like MO to help him along.

    I remember when he fluffed a pass and Wham used the break and he pegged it back from one box to the other. Its good he recognised his cock up and took action – a tad Jonas like with the back tracking.

    Defo one to watch and have no doubt he will be out on Wednesday.

    First half – finish off Hull so big boys can come off and replace with the kids to have a knock around.

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Good to see a youngin do well. But needs to keep it up. Score goals and retain your place!!!

  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Good to see a youngin do well. But needs to keep it up. Score goals and retain your place!!! Did anyone notice that he;s also very neat with the ball at his feet? I’d never seen that before!

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve been one of his biggest detractors but the snippets I’ve seen recently are that he’s maturing as a player. I still doubt his ability to set the world alight here but it’d certainly make a refreshing change. Still think he looks a bit gangly and awakward but let’s be fair, it hasn’t done Crouch any harm. Couple more decent performances and goals and I might start to be persuaded but fair do’s for recent games.

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Was it him who slid Jonas in for his chance at the end? That was impressive awareness and very tidy footwork. If it was, then I’d actually say I was more impressed with that than his goal even though he took it really well.

  • DanToon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    To early days to judge.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13


    One thing I noticed is his presence in the air. The boys height is a good factor and didnt shy out of any challenge.

    Good thing about the Leazes corner – you cant see the hair!!! 🙂

  • Steve R

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    The boy does have good aerial skills but there is obviously lots of room for development. He was at fault in West Ham’s second which shows there needs to be more to his game than being tall.

    But it was really nice to see him almost burst into tears when he scored, it just shows how much the team means to him.

  • Tom

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree, there is room for development, but his aerial ability at least is a handy weapon. Steve is right though, he was at fault for the second goal as he played Cole onside.

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Let’s not go overboard here. He looks ok, but that’s it. He’s no Alan Shearer, just yet. Fair play it was a well taken goal.
    On his hair, blimey we sound like a bunch of women. Anyway do you reckon that once he knew he was going to be in the first team and therefore on the telly, one of his mates bet him some money to have the daftest hair cut he could possibly get and show it off on the telly?
    It’s the only reason for him doing that, it must be.

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m just glad his hair detracted from the usual – “We’ll obviously I’m pleased to get my first goal but the point is more important and we’re just disappointed we didn’t get 3……”. Bonus point for original post-match comments.


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