Andy Carroll has hit the goals trail in his last 7 games, hitting 6 goals, and we have to hope that will continue this afternoon against his old , Preston North End, where he was on loan during late 2007.
Andy Carroll – modeled himself on Shearer – that’s good
Andy had a long interview this morning with the Newcastle Journal.
This is what the Gateshead striker said:
“Everyone wants to be Newcastle’s number nine,”
“But I just want to play football and win games. We just need to get straight back into the Premier League and that is what everyone is going for.”
“Wearing the number nine shirt was what I dreamed of all the time. I think everyone does that. I had probably had my name on the back of a (replica) shirt with the number nine on it.”
Like his older team-mate and another local lad at Newcastle, Steven Taylor, Andy was also a ball-boy at Newcastle, and it seems he created his dreams while watching players like the great Alan Shearer perform at the Tyneside club.
“I was a ball boy all the time from 12 to about 14,” “I used to love it. And when I became too old to be a ball boy I got a season ticket. The strikers at the time were Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Duncan Ferguson.”
“There was one game – I am not quite sure which one – when I went home and told everyone I had set a goal up. I threw it in quickly and they scored.” “My parents used to record the matches and watch them back just to see a few seconds of me!”
“It was Alan Shearer I always modelled myself on (who else?),”
“I think everyone did really. Just Shearer. He was sheer class, scoring every week with his head and feet. It was his hold-up play and his influence on everyone around him.”
“I would like to be known as an all-round striker but if I score all the rest of my goals with headers I will take them.” “I have been at Newcastle since I was nine,” “I was at Redheugh Boys’ Club, then moved to Low Fell Juniors.”
“I got invited to go to Sunderland and Newcastle the same time. I was training on a Tuesday at Newcastle and a Thursday at Sunderland.”
“It came down to the end of the season and I had to pick one. Really it was an easy choice. My mum’s side are all Sunderland so I was getting a bit of stick off them – but it was always Newcastle for me, even though my nana wanted me to be the new Niall Quinn.”
It may just be me, but there’s hardly any comparison between Niall Quinn and Alan Shearer – at least in terms of their goal-scoring prowess, which has to be one of the most important measurements for a striker, since that’s the main part of their job.
Alan scored 379 first class goals in 733 appearances (0.517 goals per game).
Niall scored 141 goals in 474 total appearances (0.297 goals per game).
You see what we mean.
Keep scoring those goals Andy.