We were a little surprised when we read Malcolm Macdonald’s comments over the weekend in the Evening Chronicle on our strikers.
Andy Carroll – must stay on his feet more
We were surprised that Malcolm wasn’t too complimentary on Andy Carroll and he does not think Andy will improve his game big time next season.
But we also know it will be a lot tougher for Andy in the Premiership next season, and Malcolm Macdonald doesn’t think Andy will shine next season.
Malcolm questions Andy’s balance and he says he falls down far too much for a big man. One thing Andy has in his favor is a great coach in Hughton, who has brought on a lot of the Newcastle players least season.
Well we’ll have to hope that view matches Malcolm’s view of Newcastle last season, when he openly said last summer he thought Newcastle would be relegated to League One.
He was very wrong on that one.
Carroll scored 19 goals last season, and 16 of them were this year, and he currently has just three Premier goals in his handful of appearances in the toughest league in the world.
Hughton is under no illusions about how tough it will be for Newcastle and for Andy next season in the Premiership, as he continued:
“It gets even tougher now as we head to the top level.” “But everything we asked from him last season, he gave us.”
“One of the areas was his goal ratio and the need to give us a good return, and he passed that test with flying colours with 19 goals.”
“He’s an exciting player and one we’re delighted to have. We’ll hopefully see an improvement.” “He’s a good age and next season is all about the next chapter for him.”
Good words as usual from Chris Hughton, and it’s small wonder the players seem to love him.
If we are unable to significantly improve the squad this summer Andy is one of the players who will become critical to Newcastle’s success. We have to hope he will keep improving, and we have to think he’ll do just that.
By our reckoning Andy is due in the Newcastle courts later this week on his assault and battery charge, and we’ll be keen to see what unfolds at that hearing.