Andrew Carroll, who’s still only 20, has come on in leaps and bounds this season, and we look forward to 12 months time, when hopefully Andrew and 18 year-old fellow striker Nile Ranger could well be leading the Newcastle attack in the Premiership.
Andy Carroll – coming along in leaps and bounds
Carroll talked the BBC Newcastle today about what it’s been like being in the first team squad:
“Being around the first-team was an amazing experience for me,” “Getting my first start gave me the confidence to go and want more.”
The Gateshead-born striker has become a key player under chris Hughton and the 6’4″ striker is more than a handful for any defense, and he’s great in the air, and was very unlucky last Monday night in the second half with a tremendous downward header that hit the post.
And with high wage earners Michael Owen and Oba Martins (although hardly high goal-scorers for the club) leaving during the summer, Andrew has had a big chance this season, and he seems to be taking it with both feet (and his head) – so much do that these two overpaid players have not been missed.
After representring England at U19 level he is now a regulkar for the England under-21, and Anmdy, like all Newcastle fans, is more than keen for a return to the Premier League next season:
“I’m watching TV and there are amazing players on Match of the Day, and I’m thinking I wish I was there on it, and playing against them”
“I’ve done that now and I just want more really, I just want to keep going and get as much out of it as I can.”
Carroll has made 50 appearances (17 starts) for Newcastle in all competitions, and has so far scored 6 goals – 3 of them this season.
He also had a loan spell at Preston two years ago, where he appeared 11 times (7 starts) with one goal.