Andy Carroll is getting a lot of good publicity right now on Tyneside.
Andy Carroll – with baby and CC Championship trophy
Chris Hughton talked again today about Andy and his fantastic progress:
“He’s a player who has a wonderful leap. He is a very good technical header of the ball.” “He’s an old style centre-forward, going back to the 60s and 70s.”
“He’s a real classic striker in the old-fashioned mould and when you consider he’s only a young player with the ability to develop his game, he is a good prospect.”
We expect Andy Carroll to continue his progress in the Premiership next season, and watch for some of the big clubs to try to get him in the summer.
There’s also no doubt that Newcastle now having two out-and-out wingers in Jonas Gutierrez and Wayne Routledge in the side, has helped Andy a lot.
He can score almost at will when high centers come into the box, and he is getting very adept at putting that ball in the back of the net, from anywhere in the penalty area.
“It’s a bit like Peter Crouch. He’s probably four inches taller but they’re similar – if the quality of the ball is good enough, and the trajectory is right, then it’s just a question of whether he can get it on target.”
“What he has proved is that when he gets the right delivery, he’s a very good header of the ball. Wayne Routledge has helped him.”
“When you get a player of his prowess – and Shola Ameobi’s too – in the air then you need to get the ball into the right areas and Wayne deserves credit.”
But Hughton is a very good coach and has already talked to the 21 year-old about areas of his game he still has to improve.
One of those areas is his skills on the ground, and keeping the ball in the Alan Shearer style, who was a master at not giving the ball away.
But we think Andy is in good hands with Chris, who seems to have a great rapport with the Newcastle players, and is of course an excellent coach and a student of the beautiful game.
Chris continued and talked about Andy improving his game:
“What we must remember is that he’s developing his game on the ground.”
“For a big man he does quite well with the ball on the ground, but it is an area that he needs to continue to develop.”
So we will look to see how Andy keeps the ball when he gets it next season, and passes it off in the style of a certain Alan Shearer.
If he can get anywhere near as good as Alan was – then Andy will become another great striker for the club – and a local lad too.