Andy Carroll has come back from injury recently, and has been in excellent form over the last two games.
Andy Carroll – looking the part at Newcastle
And he is not short of the passion and enthusiasm you would expect from a local lad, born and bred in Gateshead.
New dad Andy said today:
“I suppose I’m going to be a marked man now,” “Two goals in two games will make people sit up and take notice. It’s nice to have that recognition, but it doesn’t make my job any easier.”
“It was tough against Plymouth, they were holding us and grabbing us the whole time. They were putting a man in front of me and behind me.”
“So I couldn’t move backwards or get a run up on the header. It’s tough and very physical and teams will continue to use those tactics.”
“I’m going to have to get used to the special treatment, it’s part of the game because they don’t want me winning the ball in the air and they don’t want me to get it into my feet and turn with it.”
“I’ll have to take a few kicks and bruises along the way. It’s my job to try and win as many headers as a I can and I’ll try to give as good as I get.”
The England U21 International is still far from the finished product of course, but there’s no doubt the class is there, and if only he keeps his head down, lives a clean life, works hard on the training pitch, and listens to the coaches, he could become some player.
And the very same thing can be said for 18 year-old Nile Ranger, currently an England U19 International, so Newcastle fans sense a growing excitement about these two lads and what they can aspire to.
Carroll also knows there arequite a number of things he needs to improve on, including his hold-up play, but he seems to know all that:
“I’ve still got a lot of improvement to make, particularly with my hold up play,” “I also want to get in the gym and work extra hard because I want to get stronger.”
“I have to be able to hold my own physically if I’m going to rise to the challenge of leading the line for Newcastle United in the Championship.”
“It’s always going to be a battle in this division and I’ve got to work on my hold-up play, bringing other people into the game and linking up moves.”
Great words from Andy, and we’ll likely need some of his goals tonight at Peteborough.
Anybody know if Andy and his girlfriend have named their new baby daughter yet?