Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will have been delighted with the performance of Geordie striker Andy Carroll last night at Coventry as he got two good goals to help England U21 beat Macedonia 6-3 in the European U21 Qualifying Tournament.
Chris Hughton – Andy is a classic number 9
Chris Hughton sees Geordie youngster Carroll as an old fashioned center forward, when every side had a big man up front leading the line.
Andy has all the qualities you need, as he is already good at holding and shielding the ball, and is very good in the air.
And despite the presence of several budding Premier League stars among the Under-21s’ attacking options, Andy started the game and played 90 minutes before being substituted by Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck, when England were already 6-3 up.
Chris had talked yesterday about Andy and that England coach Stuart Pearce should have no doubts about the 20 year-old Geordie:
“The England staff should have no fear of starting Andy or giving him a lengthy run-out as a substitute,”
“I don’t know if he’s in the frame, but he’s in the squad on the strength of the form he’s shown this season and is confident enough to make a very good impact.”
“Andy is a classic No 9, whereas a lot of the modern-day centre-forwards are what we used to call No 10s.”
“They are all about pace, movement, the ability to drop off players and link with midfield. But Andy is a fantastic throwback to the days of the big, strong, fearless No 9.”
“He has a lot of ability on the ground as well, but his ability to dominate defenders in the air is what really sets him apart.”
“Like anyone of his age (20), we as coaches have a responsibility to use him sensibly, and take him out of the firing line every now and then if he would benefit from a rest.”
“But his form this season has been excellent. He’s developing very nicely and is a huge asset for us and, hopefully, England.”
Great words from Chris, and it shows you how good a coach Hughton is – and it looks like Stuart Pearce doesn’t have too many doubts about Andy..
The England u19 side last night beat Finland 3-1 with goals from Delfouneso 5, Mellis 16 and Parrett in injury time.
Newcastle’s Ryan Donaldson came on as a sub on 72 minutes, but no sign of Nile Ranger, as the 18 year-old wasn’t even on the bench, for some reason.
Let’s hope he’s not injured.