Can Andy Carroll Score Goals In The Premiership?

Next season will be a huge season for Newcastle’s 21 year-old top-rated striker Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll – with proud female Newcastle fans

The England under-21 international scored 19 goals in 42 games last season, but 16 of them came this year, but there’s no doubt Andy still has to prove he is a top Premier League player.

Strikers find it fairly easy to score in the Championship, but it’s a much more difficult proposition in the Premier League, when you have world-class defenders up against you – and the chances you get are often few and far between.

Chris Hughton has brought along Andy so well over he last year – as he has a number of other players at Newcastle like Coloccini, Enrique, Nolan, Smith and others, and that’s simply because Chris is top-class coach.

He talked about young Andy today: 

“Andy is another one of the players who did really well for us last season, but he is young and we would expect him to develop.”

“He really benefited from playing regularly in the Championship and he became stronger as the season went on.” “He is going to be another important player for us.”

“He should continue to develop with experience and the challenge he has is to try to take that form from last season into the Premier League.”

“It is the same challenge all the players here have to rise to.”

We have huge hopes for Andy next season, and there has been talk that England manager Fabio Capello, who is trying desperately at the World Cup to make winners out of  his England team, will give Andy a call-up for the England side in August.

And if  Fabio doesn’t do that within the next year – we could well see Andy playing for Scotland, which he qualifies for through his grandmother.

We want Andy to be playing for England –  and not for that country north of the border – and we have to think Andy’s too good to lose to Scotland.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Jun 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    of course he can, he was decent in 08-09 season where he scored 3 goals, and with all the experience he has got in the championship, i believe he can get 10-15 goals

  • geordielad880

    Jun 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    In my opinion he wont score the goals we need, he will be a handful yes, but his first touch will get found out in the premiership, and he will struggle against the better defenders, i hope we dont end up playing route one to suit his game, we need someone to play off him with pace and movement, a clever player, we already have lovo he will be excellent to come off the bench, but we need someone else in my opinion, someone who will drop deep and pick the ball up, someone who makes intelligent runs, god i wish we had beardsley still lol

  • geordielad880

    Jun 14, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Dougnufc i think he might score 10-15 if we have someone decent to play with him, but as out side is now i very much doubt that he would do, who is going to put the crosses in??? jonas ummmm no, routledge ummm no, routledge wont be good enough for the premiership but is a good squad player to have, we need someone like bentley/seb larsson/stephen hunt to play on the right

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    A. YES! But GL880 has made a good point that goes to the heart of the issue, do we play 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 (4-5-1 essentially with a breaking midfielder / deep striker)?

    IMHO 4-4-2 is flat and predictable and encourages lazy strikers, where a 4-5-1 suits the total football system CH is developing. 4-5-1 also allows for wing play down both flanks where Routledge & Enrique can be key or the inside channels where Gutierrez is most useful.

    I’ll be contentious here, maybe Best could turn out be the ideal player to fall back into the gap behind Carroll in a 4-4-1-1 and give options when Loven is considered too lightweight? OK, he might not score a hat-full, but as long as everyone keeps chipping in like last year we will take the weight off the n09 having to be the main source of goals.

    I think once Best hits the net once he could easily reach double figures this season.

  • geordielad880

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    captain beefheart, i suppose we could play:-





  • boater

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    geordielad880,, so bleeding negative man!!! So who put in crosses for him last season to score 19 goals? It’s not as easy no and the defenses are better drilled in the prem but we have a solid foundation. We should be looking to find a decent partner for carroll – someone who wants the ball at their feet, competition for loven,, stay positive man.

  • boater

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    geordielad – that’s not a bad line up for certain matches. This summer is an opportunity to strengthen in the no.10 role – Ozil is now officially way out of our league after last night’s masterclass – but I’d still love CH to look at park chu-young -who looked the part for south korea, that’s exactly the kind of young mobile fizzy, creative player we need to compliment the target men we have. He may be out of our league n’all- but that’s the type.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    GL880, it looks far from negative to me!

    4-5-1 can be very flexible and configured to accommodate two wingers. Personally I see either Best, Lovens or even Guthrie (especially when we need a tight midfield) in the role behind Carroll breaking from midfield like Steven Gerrard.


    4> r.taylor/simpson–colo/kadar–willo/s.taylor –enrique/?

    4> routledge/?–barton/guthrie–nolan/smith-jonas/vukic

    1> best/lovens/(guthrie)/(nolan)

    1> carroll/ameobi/?

    There’s enough flexibility to make it work in an attacking and defensive context, so whoever we do bring in (?) must be able to complement & augment the skills we have to give CH more options.

    Two lumbering 442 strikers…? Naah, not for me, I agree with GL880 we need some old fashioned Beardsley/Green type inside forward running in the channels behind Carroll and breaking up defences.

    The new players must fit an effective system for a change, not vice versa as we have been prone to do for decades.

  • geordielad880

    Jun 14, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Boater:- “ozil is now officially out of our league”, he was ages ago mate, if you watch german football, everyone knows about him already, man utd would struggle to get him never mind us, and i agree about park chu-young, looks a really good player, will excellent movement.

    And as for carroll scoring 19 goals, ebanks blake scored 25 in the fizzy pop league, and scored a massive 2 last season in the premiership, alot of carroll’s goals were headers, he wont get the room against better defenders, i predict he will score 7-10 maximum.

    I would like to see a team something like this for next season:-




  • Sav

    Jun 15, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope Carroll doesn’t read this page as it won’t do a helluva lot for his confidence. He’d be saying, ‘thanks lads….thanks a a lot!’


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