Andy Carroll Has Eyes On That Famous Number 9 Shirt

Andy Carroll thinks that his local team Newcastle United can get back to the Premier League at their first attempt.

Andy Carroll – 10 goals this season

Andy also says the lads want to repay the faithful Newcastle supporters for what happened last season, which was a big blot on Newcastle United’s famous history.

That was being relegated, when one of the major ingredients missing from the side was passion, spirit and courage.

Oh well, we don’t want to bring last season up again, otherwise we’ll get depressed.

Andy talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Getting relegated last season was a real downer for the whole city.”  “And we owe it to the city to get promoted because it will give the entire place a massive lift.”

“It will lift the fans and the players too.” “We need to get up and stay up and that’s what we are planning to do.”

“We just need to keep working really hard in the last 15 games to do it.”

The last time Newcastle were promoted from England’s second tier was back in 1993, when a certain Kevin Keegan was managing the club.

And of course that was the start of Kevin Keegan’s magical reign at Newcastle, when the side was called the Entertainers – because that’s exactly what they did on the pitch, with their all-out attacking approach to the beautiful game.

Andy Carroll is now beginning to score regularly, and if he can keep that up, he could well become the consummate center-forward, and would deserve to wear the famous number 9 shirt at Newcastle.

He currently has 10 goals this season,  his most ever, and he’s now just one strike behind Kevin Nolan, who has 11.

Kevin of course set up Andy’s goal last night, and it was an easy chance, but Carroll made no mistake.

Andy continued:

“I can’t even remember the last time we got promoted.”  “But I don’t need to be told just how much it means if we do it this season.”

“This is my first season playing regularly for the first team, and if my goals help us achieve our aim of being promoted, then great.”

“I’m happy to be scoring goals and winning matches.”   “At the moment they are coming on a plate for me and I’ll keep on taking them.”

“I’m doing what a striker should be doing. To be on 10 goals with 15 games left is a great feeling. I want to get many more but I know that winning for the team is the most important thing.”

“Overall against Coventry we have to be pleased.”   “We showed again that we have enough fight within the lads to score more goals when we need them.

“To go behind was disappointing, but we’re happy to show our offensive side.”

Andy doesn’t  even have to think about what happened back in 1993, because all he needs to do is when the chances come up – stick that ball in the back of the net – Alan Shearer style.

If he can do that in the remaining 15 games, he has to be favored to be given the number 9 shirt next season – and he’ll deserve it too.

And there’s little doubt that is exactly what is driving Andy on, and we hope the big lad keeps scoring those goals, because after all that’s what center forwards are for.

Comments always very welcome.

12 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 18, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    If he’s got the bit between his teeth and gets the service, he’ll get his 20 this season and depending on other things going on in his life, No 9 might just be achievable!

    The key to that is getting the balls to him and that depends on the game-plan the boss defines.

    Mr Hughton, you might just be in a position to help Andy get his wish!

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    I think he will end up behind bars more than likely.
    I don’t think he has the moral fibre to be a number 9 to be honest and hardly commands any respect with his boozy exploits.
    He is doing Ok in the championship but surely he would be way off the pace to be a premiership goal monster??

  • lesh

    Feb 18, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Sirjason, I’m sure the thought of more pressing matters is preying on his mind and he’s using his football as a means of escape from them.

    Does he really need the reminder?

  • MacToon

    Feb 18, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe, if promoted, we’ll buy a couple of strikers for the prem so any talk of the no.9 shirt is a bit premature.

    Another thing, why live off other peoples reputations and successes when he could make the no. 24 his own and have others in the future wanting to play in HIS shirt…… just a thought.
    No more no. 9 shirt blolox till next season plz.

  • Geordie Cobbler

    Feb 18, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Give it to the lad

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 18, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree talk of number 9 stuff is a bit daft,even if Carroll scored 30 goals this season I think the goals to warrant the shirt would have to be scored in the top flight.

    He may get the Number 9 shirt playing for some prison team though 🙂

  • Scorer

    Feb 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Plz tell me this is a joke. The number 9 shirt!!!!!!!!!!
    He is vey lucky to have any shirt in my opinoin. I was at the match lastnight. Yes he scored but he spent the whole game either on his backside or arriving where the ball had just been.
    His movement is that of a sunday leauge player ie. straight lines. He is the most pedestrian striker I have seen since the Ian Dowie (when he was at end of his career).
    Yes he has 10 goals but please remember Strolla looked like Theiry Henry in this leauge.
    Nowt personal but this I honestly think talking of him as a future number nine is at best comical and at worst an insult to the shirt!

  • greekgeordie

    Feb 18, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    No way CH should give the No 9 shirt to Carrol until he earns it on and off the field.
    On the field is early days but he has the potential tallent to make the shirt his, but off the field he has to prove that he worths the honour, and he is not doing to himself any favours by raking the town bars at early hours in the morning. He just became a father and while still young and a few drinks with the lads are always in order he should always remember that provocation is only around the corner.
    There will be a number of times that he will have to control his temper and walk away from provocation for his own good.
    CH kepp the shirt in the cupboard and what better carrot to any young footballer than a Toon No 9 still available to be earned.

  • MacToon

    Feb 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #9

    When/if promoted I’d expect the shirt to be used in a buying situation, ” sign on the dotted line and the shirt is yours” kind of thing.

    Thats if the fat controller opens up his wallet and buys some players for the prem!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 18, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Scorer you obviously know nowt about football Carroll has the potential to be a top class centre forward. He reminds me of Wyn Davies not as good yet bu very similar good in the air and very physical

  • Aza9

    Feb 18, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Destined to be the new number 9 providing he doesn’t get put away for his recent offenses. He’s only turned 21 and will get better and better. Has scored some excellent and important goals. For this being the first season he has started regularly in the first team, i think he has done brilliantly. 6 goals in 7 games speaks of itself i think.

  • Scorer

    Feb 18, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordiedoonsooth you have clearly the debating skills of a young Stephen Fry,lol.
    I put my opinion across as to why I think he is average and unfortunately never going to be anything other than an average player and your retort is ” You know nowt, he is good in the air and physical”
    Yes he has scored 10 goals but put in perspective. Nolan has 11, Lovenkrands has 9 even Shola has 7 and hes only played about 39 mins this season.
    You are typical of a lot of town fans that the second a geordie player come on the scene you become blind to any failings what so ever and only see the percieved good points(his hair is the only one that stands out to me). It was the same with Shola he was given years to prove himself and he finally has in the Championship. Its the same with Carrol, all he will ever be a is a championship player .Thats no bad thing but please dont lets get all carried away with a kid who can head a ball on and score a few goals in the championship!


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