Carroll Has Matured Well Since Preston Loan Spell

Andy Carroll was on loan at Preston North End in late 2007, after Sam Allardyce came in to manage the club.

Andy Carroll – on loan at Preston over two years ago

At that time the Preston manager was Alan Irvine, and Alan knew all about Andy because of course Irvine was a coach at Newcastle during Andy’s formative years.

And at the time Andy was a member of the England U-19 side, and needed some first team games to improve his game.

Andy talked today about his time at Preston:

“My time at Preston was up and down,” “I didn’t play as many games as I wanted (11) and only scored one goal but it was good experience to be round the first team at 18. Being with the squad was good experience for me.”

“It was a bit disappointing. Preston were in bit of trouble and the manager (Rob Kelly) got sacked. It was chop and change for everyone.”

“If we were still in the Premier League (Michael) Owen might still be here, Oba Martins, (Mark) Viduka and Sholes (Shola Ameobi), so I would have been fifth choice if they hadn’t brought anyone else in.”

“I wouldn’t have got a look-in. So relegation has done well for me.”

Well, we are pleased to get rid of some of those players, especially Michael Owen, who we think should pay back some of the ridiculous wages he received at Newcastle, because he never produced when we needed him.

Apart from that he was OK. 😀

It’s interesting that Michael hardly ever get a game in the first team at his current club, Manchester United.

Andy continued:

“It is just down to playing regularly,” “And we have more players for the two positions. Leon Best has provided more competition so you have to work harder.”

“I am not trying to be more selfish in front of goal, it is just the ball is coming to me where I want it and I have been putting them away.”

“I am not the finished article but I feel I am getting better with every game and training session.”

Andy has come on very well at Newcastle since he returned to Newcastle in January of 2008, and now seems favorite to get that famous Newcastle number 9 shirt next season – maybe.

But there are still clouds over his private life, and he needs to fix that before he can fully mature as both a man and a player.

We have to hope he gets his act together off the field, since the lad seems to be doing well on it.

And a couple of goals this afternoon will aid the cause of him capturing the number 9 shirt .

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