There’s a story in the People today from former Evening Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver, saying that Newcastle will face a fight to keep 21 year-old striker Andy Carroll at the club in the summer.
Andy Carroll – attracting big clubs
That’s hardly surprising with Andy hitting the goals trail recently, an he now has 11 goals for the season, and his performances for the England U21 team have been outstanding.
Surprisingly he didn’t get one yesterday in Newcastle’s 6-1 mauling of 10 man Barnsley at St. James’ Park.
Chris Hughton watched Carroll play for England Under-21s in their defeat by Greece (2-1) at Doncaster’s KeepMoat Stadium on Wednesday night.
But the Newcastle manager was also checking out other youngsters such as Manchester United’s 20 year-old Tom Cleverley and Arsenal’s 18 year-old Jack Wilshire in that game.
Top clubs including Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton are reported to be ready to move in during the summer for the 21 year-old Gateshead-born striker, who has come through the Newcastle Youth Academy.
But that shouldn’t be a problem since there’s no way we should be selling the local lad.
And England manager Fabio Capello already knows all about Andy, because U21 manager Stuart Pearce has sent some top reports to Fabio Capello about young Carroll’s form for the U21 side.
The next step in Carroll’s development is to start scoring goals in the Premier League next season for Newcastle, and who knows, after the World Cup in the summer, Andy could get a call-up for the full England squad.
He’ll be worth a lot more money once that happens, but we also have to keep the top youngsters, who come through the Newcastle Academy – playing on Tyneside.