Former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has talked about Newcastle’s exciting young local striker, 21 year-old Andy Carroll today.
Andy Carroll – more than promising young striker on Tyneside
Roeder told the Evening Chronicle today about the time he gave Andy Carroll his Newcastle League debut, on 14th April at Fratton Park in a game Newcastle lost 2-1:
“I always believed he had potential and something different.” “He’s such a powerful competitor.”
“I gave him his Premier League debut at Portsmouth – he went in against Sol Campbell and Sol couldn’t compete with him.”
“I then put him on for the last 20 minutes against Chelsea, and John Terry couldn’t win anything.”
Andy came on in the second half at Portsmouth in that game, for a non-performing Charles N’Zogbia.
Roeder feels that the support for Carroll must be there next season, but with Newcastle having signed Wayne Routledge in January coinciding with Andy starting to score so many goals this year, surely it must auger well for next season.
Newcastle now have a threat down both wings with Wayne Routledge and Jonas Gutierrez out wide in Newcastle’s 4-4-2 formation, and we have to think Andy can score lots of goals next season in the Premiership.
Since Routledge arrived it seemed like Newcastle started scoring goals for fun, starting with that 5-1 hammering of an in-form Cardiff City on 5th February at St. James’ Park.
“I worked with Andy all the way through, from him being 16 at the Academy to giving him his first team debut in Palermo.”“He came through and he ticked all of the boxes.”
“He is an excellent young player.” “The question mark above his head was that he didn’t score enough goals.” “His answer was getting 19 this season.”
“If you give Andy the right service, he’ll get you the goals.” “Some of his headed goals this season have been of the highest order.”
The word on the street is that Carroll will get a call-up for the first England squad following the World Cup, and he could even be a full England international early next season.
We’ll have to wait and see on that one, as Roeder continued:
“He has to do it as well in the Premier League.” “But he should be able to cope.”
“He can be an even better player next season – he seems to be getting better and better.” “When he first came in I put a lot of faith in him because I thought he was worth that.”
“That talent can rub off on other players, and he’s an absolute handful.” “He’s still young and has a few rough edges, but those can be worked on.”
“As far as his life away from football is concerned, I just hope he can keep that in check.” “Any young player needs to do that or you look back and regret it when you’re an older man.”
“His first responsibility is to himself and then his manager and team-mates.” “And then to all of the younger players at Newcastle who need role models.”
“But just as importantly to the fans – especially all those young Geordies who idolise him.”
Carroll has to put his private life in order of course, and his next appearance before Newcastle magistrates is on Thursday, 3rd June, where he still has an assault and battery charge hanging over him.
Let’s hope that gets cleared up before next season begins.