News today that Bolton manager Gary Megson is ready to go after Newcastle striker Andy Carroll in January – and all we can say to that is the best of luck because Bolton have no chance of signing 20 year-old Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll - going nowhere
First of all why would Andy want to leave his home town club for Bolton?
He’ll hardly be getting much more in wages, and we don’t think Bolton are getting 41, 000 average home crowds – they are actually averaging around 21,800 currently.
But we shouldn’t be disparaging to Bolton, who are in truth a great club, who did very very well under Big Sam Allardyce, it’s just that they’ll have a hard job persuading a local lad to leave Newcastle, even though we are in the second division – that’s our real point.
If Newcastle were in mid table in the Championship right now – and not leading the chase for promotion – there would be a better chance for Bolton to be successful, and the transfer fee mentioned of £4M is a good one, but if Andy continues his great progress at the club, after coming through the Newcastle Youth Academy, he’ll be a £10M player very soon.
And we’ll not even mention a certain top-class 18 year-old striker at Newcastle, who could become an even better player than Andy – but his name is Nile Ranger.
Gary Megson is looking for a long-term replacement for their great striker and servant to the club, Kevin Davies. According to The Sun, Bolton will put in a bid of around £4M for the 6’4″ striker, who was born in Gateshead, just south of the Tyne from Newcastle (over the Tyne Bridge).
Andy is also a growing fan’s favorite, and he is some handful for any defense, as he plays so physically and is very good in the air, and can smack them home, as he showed with his terrific goal against Doncaster Rovers.
No, we’d be completely daft to let the boy leave, and we even think Mike Ashley is not that stupid to sell him either – but let’s rephrase that – we hope Mike Ashley is not that stupid to sell him.
And therein lies the reason why the Bolton bid may not be that stupid after all – we remember Mike let James Milner leave a year last August for a decent fee.
This article was not meant to be a shot across the bow at Bolton – we really do admire the club, which has a wonderful history, and Nat Lofthouse and Eddie Hopkinson are just two names that come to mind.
And we remember well when Bolton beat Manchester United in the 1958 FA Cup final by 2-0 – and both goals were scored by – who else but Lofthouse. That was the final following Manchester’s tragic Munich air crash on February 6th, that killed 8 of Manchester’s great young players – The Busby Babes – including the incomparable 21 year-old Duncan Edwards – the tank in midfield.
So all the hearts were for Manchester that day (May 3rd) but Bolton won easily - Lofthouse scored his first after just 3 minutes, and we still remember watching the game on TV – another one for the memories.
But Bolton still have no chance of signing Andy.