Carroll To Wear Newcastle Number 9 Shirt Next Season

Chris Hughton has come out tonight, after Newcastle fine 3-0 win over Scunthorpe, to praise Newcastle’s big striker Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll – come on in leaps and bounds this season

And the Newcastle manager thinks that Andy Carroll’s second goal is typical of the outstanding current form of the 6’4″ Geordie striker.

Danny Guthrie put through a terrific ball and Andy turned on the after-burners to get into the penalty area, and then hit a beautifully angled shot over the Scunthorpe goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Hughton said:

“The second typifies the sort of form he is in right now.”

“It was a great ball from Danny Guthrie and he had to show some real pace to get on it, and the quality of his finish was superb.”

“That was the finish of somebody who is in really confident mood at the moment.”

Carroll’s first goal wasn’t too bad either as he hit a bullet header into the goal from another Guthrie cross.

Notice, by the way, the number of  assists Danny Guthrie keeps getting in these games.

Hughton continued:

“His first goal, I don’t think, will have been too much of a surprise to anybody because he has a quality in the air.”

“But I also thought his overall game was very good; from his goals to his hold-up play and work-rate, I was delighted.”

This local lad and England U21 International has come on a ton this season, and we still think he’ll be wearing the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt next season, and in the Premier League too.

Everything Hughton has asked him to do this season, he’s come through with the goods, and we really think he now deserves the shirt.

That’s assuming he keeps hitting the goals trail over the last 10 games of the season – of course. 😀

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • chris6033

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Thought the big man was excellent tonight. Very shearer-like!

  • Tom Mo.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #2

    get carroll and ameobi to swap contracts

  • MacToon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s getting stronger all season and even Moncur compared him with Shearer at one stage tonight however……

    why keep on about the number 9 shirt and with respect if we rely on Carroll to be our first choice striker next season it’ll mean Ashley’s spending F all on the team and having no ambition.

    Watched Huntelar the other day and would love to see him or someone of his quality in black n white and then what, give him the number 30 squad shirt?

    What I want to say is Carroll’s good but ready to lead the striking force in the prem next season may well be too soon for him.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Probably a good, balanced post by MacToon. Carroll’s developing really well, but the weight of being the top striker in the squad might be a bit too much for him if we go up. We definitely need a proven striker either way… Although they also need to be a good lad that won’t demand silly money and will act like a prima donna – we’ve had plenty enough of those type and I’d rather continue with a decent, level-headed bunch of lads who fight for each other.

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5

    MAcToon – yeah he’s had a brilliant run and one that could mark his career watershed. But we should be approaching next season without making any grand gestures like this.

    funny cos everyone seems confident that nolan, shola and smith are all doomed to failure next season – but that others such as carroll will make the transition seamlessly,

    Huntelar would be out of this world if totally unrealistic. But we should have had him in years ago when he scored a stunner against us as a kid for heerenveen.

    Routledge is massive for us now, the kind of all action, technical player that we have lacked since the SBR younguns era.

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Also – yee knaa I feel a bit for shola. He started so well for us and we were all thinking 20 goals this season for him, get him the run he deserved and he’d be part of the experienced – at least squad – that would look to survive next season.

    Just as he was about to win over the mob, he got injured – cam back scored 3 in 4 – had one bad game, an air shot, and boom! he’s injured ‘n’ back to being the butt of the joke again.

    He’s stayed loyal to us, got on with it despite the catcalls, and yet he’s tainted by some. I always rated him and thought he offered us something different but still worth having.. still them old legs of his innit..

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #7

    MacToon, I’m sure Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would love to come play for us next season, the year we (might) get promoted to the premier league. You do realize he would cost £15-20m, and £100.000k a week in wages. And last but not least would probably be a primadonna.

    I would much rather see a bunch of lads fighting for each other and for their shirt, then to have any more michael owens in our squad again.

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Boater, agree with you on the Goala situation. 🙂

  • MacToon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Robbanufc, I don’t want to settle for 2 nd best and yes maybe Huntelar is out of our league but for me that’s a shame. I like the idea of bringing young ones through afterall SAF done that successfully at Man u for years but he also mixes them with class players.

    It’s a case of getting the balance right and not putting too much pressure on promising youngsters as some have said here.

    I mention Huntelar cos I was watching him last week with a Liverpool fan and he thought he’d be a great player at either club but not the likes of Chelski and some others. I don’t want money grabbing little $h1ts like Owen here again, he took the money and then slags us off with sly little digs, I ‘d like to think there are many class players around with the skill and the right attitude that are worth the money payed to them…. the hard job is finding them and then signing them.

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #10

    robbanufc… you’re right huntelaar – he of 15 in 30 at international level, and about to enter his peak years following in the footsteps of his mentor – van basten banging them in (again 1 in 2) at the leading Italian club in history, Milan, having been reluctantly sold by the greatest domestic club in the history of world football – for a measly 20mil – could be a tad out of our reach these days. Kevin Doyle I think is more where we are.

    don’t agree he’s a pre-madonna though, he comes across as having a good temperament!?!?

  • MacToon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #11

    lol boater, Doyle…. agree with Huntelar’s attitude err temperament.

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #12

    MacToon – I was saying this earlier. More than anything else at the moment I am excited that NUFC – for years having been a graveyard of talent for either promising young or experienced bug buck players – once again is showing the signs of being somewhere where players want to be, work and play for the cause – and are developing as individuals. SBR era was all about this – getting young players who had the tools and than developing them to the next level. Not even KK did this as his main priority to be honest.

    Young players like Guthrie, Carroll, Enrique – and also unsettled journeymen – simpson, routledge, williamson are all developing in front of our very eyes which is good to see again.

    So more of the same please CH, in the summer – I’m sure he has his targets.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Its very very rare to unearth a Bassong like signing for a striker, so if Hughton wants to bring in a forward he will have to go for an established name for abit of a price tag….so i say use the shirt to entice a player of quality.

  • MacToon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Imagine Huntelar n J Cole for starters then…… maybe Carrick, youth mixed with experience. OK Ashley’s a tight ass so we’ll get Doyle n whoever. One thing is we’ll struggle on a basic budget and need some prem level players in the summer if promoted.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Sell Shola and Best..Keep Carroll and Ranger as big men. Keep Loven . Bring in another quality fast man likes moses once Wigan get relegated. Well pay a few mill but his wages will still be cheap.

  • pearceet

    Mar 18, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Not to be negative but isn’t it a bit early to be giving him the no. 9 shirt. He’s proved himself at championship level. Give him a season in the premiership and see if he’s really a top class player at the top level. Then think about giving him the no. 9 shirt

  • estechco

    Mar 18, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Slightly misleading headline Ed! Think you are missing a big ol’ question mark off the end?

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Here’s a link to an interesting article about Andy Carroll.

    Any thoughts on this poll to find NUFC’s greatest ever manager?

  • Solaidback

    Mar 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    pearceet // Mar 18, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Not to be negative but isn’t it a bit early to be giving him the no. 9 shirt. He’s proved himself at championship level. Give him a season in the premiership and see if he’s really a top class player at the top level. Then think about giving him the no. 9 shirt
    Just what I was about to say, he’s proven nothing at the moment, he needs a seaosn in the PL before we issue that sort of pressure on him, I mean, look at Obi Martins, he got the shirt & couldn’t live up to the pressure expected of him, so lets not ruin what Carrols done this season by expecting him to be top striker next season!!

    In any case, Loverboy has the same amount of goals with fewer starts this season, so I’d say he was our No1 striker at present & has years of experience behind him, be it in the SPL but at least he’s playe din the Champions League with Rangers a few times, so should be able to play against some of the medioca defenders in the PL 😉 😉

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Andy does not have the maturity to wear the No9 shirt,far too much baggage for a young player,off the field he behaves like he owns the city and leaves a load of trouble everywhere he seems to go boozing.

    In all fairness I think until we can afford a world class striker on a par with Shearer we should leave the No9 shirt in the laundry.

  • thepict

    Mar 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #21

    needs to mature a bit and get more experience before earning the number.

  • chuck

    Mar 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Here we go again with the wish lists, may as well write a letter to Santa, it`s obvious there`s not going to be any major funds invested in the side and you guy`s are just an excercise in futility.
    Our owner and his trusty sidekick are about to show the rest of the footballing community how to run a club on fresh air .
    Theres possibly an amount to be spent on strengthening the team, make that a small amount and no one on any of the above wish lists.
    Gloom and doom ? lett`s see !

  • jstone

    Mar 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #23

    boater; Your right Shola did start out well but we see he has found his place, IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. There is no way we will remain in the prem with him seeing any run on the pitch. We have a young enthusiastic group who if we can keep together will manage to maintain in the prem. Taylor will soon be a leader in out back 4 but we need a general with loads of experience to keep our back line in tact. If Ashley gets rid of our loose baggage and makes some veteran signings we should be well off. And as far as the no9, let’s just see who makes noise for us when we get promoted, let the future no9 do something next year, then get awarded.


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