Andy Carrol Has Areas Of His Game He Must Improve


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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.


18 comments so far

  • Davies

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s looking good ay CCC level. Hope this continues. We definitely need to be looking at getting cover for the wingers who are supplying so much of his ammo.

    It’s be nice to see Barton and Guthrie playing down the middle as well.

    Don’t get me worng, Nolan is a good midfielder, but he’s lost a yard of pace since he was at Bolton.

    Smudge, I think, should be used paringly, when we need to play very defensively, though I know there is more to his game than playing CDM.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Vukic getting on for 20 mins at the end of matches in the first half of the season. Take it from there. If more development is required, back to the reserves for a while. If not, give him some starts.

    Need a proper RB and cover for LB. I really don’t see the need to spunk too much money away in this window. We’ve got some quality here.

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  • Davies

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Man, that was full of typos.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Hughton has said vuckic will be staying for a long time and will be a key figure next season.

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  • Chris F

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    right, now Hughton has said that krul will be the only youngster to get any serious game time vs qpr, let us await the inevitable barrage of abuse on here…

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  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    C’mon Ed…. choose your words.

    When you refer to big clubs coming in for them , let’s remember that they are only reputationally ‘big’. It’s a matter of perception and self belief.

    They may pay big money, have lots of bling players but what they ain’t got is a passionate and massive local support.

    What they do have is either massive debt or someone to bankroll them and if or when the debt comes home to roost or the ‘banker’ decides to walk, then will they be big clubs? I think not!

    Maybe we should be getting it into the heads of the likes of Vuckic that they are at a truly big club that can grow to massive proportions under the right financial management.

    Believe in Newcastle United and Mr Ashley, Newcastle will be united, firmly behind you.

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  • DJG

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Vuckic will be away after the world cup like. It’s the same old story, once the big clubs contact the agents we’ve got no chance. Man Ure or Chelski Haris? Take your pick.

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  • DJG

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Chelsea have already had him scouted 2/3 times, probably Man U likewise.

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  • G

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #8

    The only reason Manyoo / Chelski have been scouting him, is because of his big reputaton for potential fits in with the new rules soon to be introduced about home-grown players. As HV has been on our books for a couple of years and he is still classed as youth / reserve level player he will fall nicely into the home-grown bracket should he sign for one of the two teams mentioned. Should they come in for him we should use that home-grown rule as a bargaining chip and shaft them for every penny we can get!

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  • Toontastico

    Apr 28, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Would be nice if he could go the way of Barton & Smudge and give up the booze. The lad could be a real star for us for years to come.

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  • GeordieBean

    Apr 28, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #10

    will sky be brining qpr v newcastle??!!? 😀 BP

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  • alan shearer

    Apr 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone knows when is the next official date of the opening of transfer window?
    ..
    since west ham said all players except scott is on sale..we should try for julien faubert..

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  • Chris F

    Apr 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    the summer windows opens on July 1st, same as every year.

    of course, deals can and will be done before then, but players can’t officiallymove clubs until that date.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 28, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    So thats the poor little baby who´s mother was shagged by Steven Taylor..

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  • gibbotwg

    Apr 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Apparently Krul will be the only youngster playing on sat according to Houghton’s interview

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  • Bucks mag

    Apr 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d really like Shearer to come in like Sir Les at Tottenham and be a striking coach. Since he started there Defoe’s been on fire.

    I can’t see it unfortuantely because I think he wants to be in charge, as when KK wanted him as a coach.

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  • JIMMYBOB33

    Apr 28, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #16

    since man city are having a clear out what about S,R.PHILIPS

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  • jimiley

    Apr 28, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Great in the air. Hard as nails and nobody messes with him on the park or in a pub.Not much of a footballer though.

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 29, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Hope Andy Caroll would no follow Shola Ameobi – which is to commit unneccesary fouls.

    last time we are in the PremierLeague, Shola commit the MOST fouls in the league

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