Good news and not so good news on the new contract front with two of our youngsters today.
Andrew Carroll – to sign new 3 year deal
The NOTW are reporting this morning that Newcastle are almost ready to tie up 20 year-old impressive local striker and England Under-19 player Andy Carroll, on a three-year deal.
The lad, who stands 6’4″ tall, is highly thought of at Newcastle, and has played well in his 5 starts for the club this season, and has got a couple of good goals for the side.
However, he has had a couple of training ground incidents recently, with the first one being with Charles N’Zogbia before he was shipped off to Wigan. The Newcastle management got fed up with his complaining and saying he wanted to leave for a bigger club, who he said were all after him. Shades of Walter Mitty indeed.
He joined Wigan Athletic.
And then recently apparently Andy had an altercation with Shola Ameobi, another local striker on Tyneside.
Andy will need to grow up and stop these fights on the training ground, if he wants to progress in his football career, and we just have to hope the lad has his feet firmly on the ground, and isn’t starting to believe his own headlines.
If he is, then that becomes a slippery slope and a fast downward spiral.
Seb Bassong – contract discussions will take place in the summer
And there are also reports that talks between Newcastle and Sebastien Bassong have been put on hold until the summer.
The lad is on a 3 year deal at the club, but he is the lowest paid first teamer by a country mile, and said to be getting just £5K a week. He was brought in by Kevin Keegan and wasn’t expected to play too much this season, but the Frenchman has burst onto the scene in the Premier League, in a big way this season.
The NOTW is saying this could leave him open to offers, but why?
He has two years of his contract to run, and the Newcastle hierarchy knows only too well how important this lad is to Newcastle’s future.