There are reports today that we half expected that a couple of Premier League clubs may try to sign our 20 year old striker Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – local lad going nowhere
Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers have lower attendances than we are getting in the Championship – and are said to weighing up a deadline day move for 20 year-old Andy.
The reports state that the youngster is highly rated in the North-East and then say that Newcastle would find it it difficult to hold on to Carroll if a Premier League club made an offer.
We don’t think either Bolton or Wolves are a bigger draw then Newcastle, even though we are in the Championship – but being at the top and 2 points clear will help us draw good players to the club – today we hope.
And of course they don’t report and maybe don’t even know, the lad was born and bred in Gateshead, just south of Newcastle over the River Tyne.
Andy is also a die hard Newcastle fan, and has been at the Newcastle Academy for years, and is now an England U21 player, so he doesn’t need to move to get the recognition.
Andy was given his first-team debut in the UEFA Cup tie against Palermo on 2nd November 2006, when he appeared as a late substitute and became the youngest ever player to represent Newcastle in Europe at the age of 17 years and 300 days.
Andy has 41 appearances for Newcastle (14 starts) with 4 goals, and we expect him to play a lot more games for his home town club.
If the above story comes true today I’m even tempted to say I’ll streak across St. James’ Park in the nude – and in broad daylight.
But I’m not quite that stupid, and neither is the Newcastle club – we hope. 😀
BTW the facts on the average league attendances at home this season so far:
Wolves – 26,000
Bolton – 22,500
Newcastle – 40,000