We expect Andy Carroll to have a big season for Newcastle next season, and fully expect him to be called up for the full England squad early next season.
Andy Carroll – huge opportunity next season
One of the things in Andy’s favor is that he has a good coach helping him learn his trade in Chris Hughton, and the Newcastle manager brought the youngster along famously last season.
Chris is down to earth and a talented coach, and he can see what things each player needs to improve on – and he challenges them to do just that.
Through December, Andy had only 3 goals for Newcastle, and Chris said as a striker he needed to score more goals, and he obliged with 16 additional goals this year.
The Newcastle manager told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The only way he will progress is by doing the things he did last season.”
“These are the important things for him.”“He has to develop as a player and takes the ups and downs.”
“He’s going into a more difficult league and will face better defenders than he was up against last season.”
And Andy should have a great chance of making the England squad – particularly because of England’s unbelievable implosion at the World Cup, and he can even score goals – unlike some England strikers like Emile Heskey – sorry Emile.
Indeed if England don’t play him soon, we would expect Andy to plump for Scotland, and start playing regular International football north of the border – and that wouldn’t be good for England.
Chris Hughton however, as politically correct as ever, would not be drawn into the England v Scotland debate that surrounds the 21 year-old Carroll:
“It’s good that he’s got those options.”“For Andy, the fact that people are taking notice of him and that he had that request from Scotland is testament to what he did last season.”
“The important thing for Andy is that any other issues are exactly that – other issues. It’s important that he develops as a player.”
We have great trust in Chris’ coaching capabilities, and it will be exciting to see how Andy develops further next season – but we do expect him to be wearing the famous number 9 shirt at Newcastle.