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.