Andy Carroll did his claim on the number 9 shirt no harm when he scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and would have scored a hat-trick had his second-half shot not been cleared off the line.
Andy Carroll – ran riot with Cardiff defense last night
But scoring goals is what it’s all about, if you really want to wear the number 9 Newcastle shirt.
Leon Best couldn’t get his first goal last night, although he had a gilt-edged chance to score with a header in the first half, which he put wide, when it looked easier to score.
But we have to let Leon settle in for a several games, and he still looked good last night.
And Peter Lovenkrands scored another two great opportunist goals.
If Peter keeps coming on as a sub in the second half, the opposing teams will be more than a little worried by the very in-form Danish striker.
And it would be just great if Peter can make the Danish World Cup squad, and he must stand an excellent chance, especially if he keeps scoring like he has these last few weeks. He looked a very sharp finisher.
And there’s no doubt that the Danish National side management are watching him very closely.
Chris Hughton talked about Andy Carroll after last night’s game, in the many interviews he seemed to give last night:
“Potentially, he is number nine material. He’s a player who leads the line,”
“In some ways, he’s an old-fashioned centre-forward who has a prowess in the air, but he’s still developing his game and he has to continue to develop it.”
“He has good football skills for a big man, but what he has to add to his game is goals, and he was able to do that against Cardiff.”
“It’s not the first time we have seen it – but it was probably a little bit more prevalent because we got the goals on top of it.”
“But he is capable of that performance and what he is now is part of a group of center-forwards who need to apply pressure on themselves to perform and get into this team.”
One thing in Andy’s favor is he a local lad, although he was born the wrong side of the River Tyne. 😀
Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn are the best two center-forwards Newcastle have ever produced, and both were local lads.
We’ll have to wait and see on Andy, but if he gets 20 goals this season – he”ll have a decent chance.
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