Andy Carroll has a great chance of wearing the famous number nine shirt at Newcastle next season.
Andy Carroll, back in training at Newcastle
Andy’s been with the Newcastle club for quite a number of years now, and has progressed well through the Youth ranks, but it was this year when he exploded into action with a bunch of goals, 16 to be exact, and took his tally to an impressive 19 goals for the Championship season.
We have to hope Andy will continue his goal-scoring form in the Premier League, although it will be a big step up for the 21 year-old.
Andy was asked yesterday whether he would like to wear the number 9 shirt made famous by Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer before him, and he said:
“I just want to score the goals that I know I can.”“It’s not just goals, I want to help the team in every way I can, which I also know I can do.” “What I need to do is pick up where I left off.”
“I still feel that I have a lot to learn, but playing the full season last season, playing week in, week out, has brought me on a lot.”
“It gave me the experience of playing with all the lads too.” “I wouldn’t say I’m a senior player, but I’m not one of the youngest players either.”
Those are good words from Andy, and we think reflect the coaching of Chris Hughton, who is great at keeping our young players’ feet firmly on the ground.
So it seems Andy already knows what his challenge is next season, and that’s the first step to having a successful season, of course.
Carroll is half expected to get an England call-up next month, after the pathetic performance of the senior team in front of the watching world in South Africa, a few painful weeks ago.
And at least Andy scores goals, unlike the retiring England center-forward Emile Heskey, who couldn’t punch his way out of a paper bag, and kept proving that for England, but for some strange reason he was still selected.
Emile scored 7 goals in 62 performances for England, which is hardly a good strike record, and as of course brought on to rescue England against Germany, with just 20 minutes remaining, when we needed 3 goals to avoid defeat.
That must be one of the strangest decisions Fabio Capello has ever made in a football game – certainly there is no logic in it at all.
Andy was asked about his potential International career in front of him, having already played 5 times for the England U21 side with 2 goals – and he answered:
“We just have to see what happens with England.” “My first aim is to play well for Newcastle and take it from there.”“After that you see what happens.”
“If I keep playing well and training well it will be communicated back to the right people.”
“The summer break was a bit too long.” “I don’t want to be running around every day – I’m ready for a proper game, and at Carlisle we’ve got the chance to do that.”
“Last time I played there I did all right, I scored three with my left foot.” “It was good to have a break, but now we’re all hungry to get on.”
“I can’t wait to get started again back in the Premier League. Neither can any of the other lads, to be honest.”
“We’re all focusing on that first game against Manchester United and being back in the Premier League.” “We just want to play in this division and play the football that we know we can.”
“We need to stick at it – it’s a tough season for us and a tough start, but we will stick by each other.” “As long as we’re together as one like last season.”
“It’s been tough over in Ireland, but it feels good now that it’s done.” “We’re obviously back here now and working hard.” “All the lads are happy to be back now and working hard.”
“The team spirit is great – being away for a week with each other enhances that.” “There has been loads of teamwork over there and it has been very professional. We’ve had three sessions a day so it has been really good.”
Carroll scored just three times for Newcastle in the 2008/09 season, the last time Newcastle were in the big time, and he will hope to significantly improve that tally next season.
“I’ve played a few games already in the Premier League so I know what to expect.” “From that I know it will be really hard, but I just have to keep going.”
“I can’t wait to play against the top players and prove that I can do it.”
And our first game with arch rivals Sunderland, will be on Halloween, 31st October, and it’s our 10th league game of the season, so we should already be a few points ahead of the red and whites by then. 😀
Carroll is certainly looking forward to that game, as he continued:
“I can’t wait for that as well.” “The fans are waiting for them so we’re looking forward to two big games with them.” “We have missed those sort of games.”
It will be very tough, but if Andy can bang in 20 goals next season (15 would be good), he will be right up with the best of them.
Of course 20 goals these days in the PL is hardly easy, but at least it’s a good target for Andy to go for.
Comments very welcome.
Written from Plymouth, England.