Andy Carroll is one of the success stories on the field for Newcastle this last season, and there’s every indication Andy could be wearing the number 9 shirt next season.
Andy Carroll – great strides this year
And Andy’s progress was even more startling since the turn of the year with nearly all his 19 goals coming since Christmas.
He was asked by manager Chris Hughton to add goals to his game, and he’s done that, and the next thing Chris wants to see from Andy is better control on the ground, and better hold-up play.
If Andy wants to see world-class hold-up play from a center-forward he should watch video of the great Alan Shearer, who was the master at that, hardly ever losing the ball.
There’s no doubt that Chris Hughton is a very good coach who knows the game well, and since he’s been in charge we’ve seen huge improvement in a number of our players, both young and old – and we don’t think that’s a coincidence.
Andy Carroll is aware there will be huge pressure on him next season, but he thinks he can stand up to that pressure as he said:
“I know there will be pressure on me next season after what I’ve done this year. That’s not just me – it’s the staff and the other players as well,”
“I think we’re all prepared for it and I’m certainly not worried about it. This team is confident in its own ability.”
“I can’t wait for it. I know that it’s a big step up but if I keep training and working hard, hopefully I can keep my place and keep scoring goals.”
“As for the other stuff, I know names will be linked with us this summer. I can’t do anything about that – but if I keep working hard I should get my chance.”
We think all clubs in the Premiership are under some pressure, because they cannot afford any slip-ups otherwise they could be relegated and we know what that’s like.
It’s different world in the Championship, with a lot less revenue because of the loss of Premiership TV money, and the pitches aren’t as good either, and there’s not the blanket TV coverage that seems to exist around the world for Premiership games.
And even when the sides are near the top there’s pressure there to make it into Europe for the extra status that comes with that – not to mention the extra money available there.
So it’s good that Andy is willing to handle the pressure – because he’ll have some kind of pressure for the rest of his career – it’s the nature of the job.
We’re still concerned about that will happen on June 2nd at the Newcastle Crown Courts, at his next court appearance.