It’s always good to see some our young players make giant strides, and that’s just exactly what 21 year-old Andy Carroll has done this season.
Andy Carroll – tremendous progress this season
And the compliments are coming from none other than his manager Chris Hughton, who has skillfully guided the youngster this year, to his best ever season on Tyneside with 19 goals in the bag, 16 more than Andy managed last season, when he was still a bit player at the club.
This is what Chris told Newcastle United TV today about young Andy:
“What you want from any young player is to see an improvement over a period of time,”“
There’s still more to come from Andy, I’m sure of that, but he has shown a lot of improvement this season and I couldn’t have asked for much more in recent months.”
“There are aspects of his game he needs to work on, and he knows that.” “But this season, with the amount of games he’s played, would have done wonders for his confidence.”
“As a striker, of course, it’s goals that are your business. During the first half of the season he scored four, and we did ask for more after New Year.”
“His response has been brilliant and to have a tally now of 19 is fantastic.” “It would be nice for him to get one more to reach 20, and I know he’ll want to do that.”
“He’s a young lad with a big future ahead of him and to be our top scorer at such an age would be a tremendous achievement.”
Chris is right as usual, with Andy scoring 15 goals this year, and Peter Lovenkrands has been on the goals trail too, with 14 goals since the turn of the year.
There’s a belief that the first England squad named in August, following the World Cup in South Africa, will have Andy Carroll in it.
Both Stuart Pearce and England manager Fabio Capello have been extremely impressed with the lad’s progress in the England U-21 side, where he’s looked awesome in one or two of their games.
Of course Andy has been in too much trouble for his own good off the pitch over the last two years, but now that the experienced and mature Kevin Nolan has taken the lad under his wing, we have to think Andy will curb his ways, and become a model professional – just like Kevin.
We have tremendous faith in Kevin Nolan, who is one of the best things that’s happened to the Newcastle club for a long time, in our opinion.
Follow Kevin’s advice Andy, and you’ll not go too far wrong.