Alan Shearer has talked about Gateshead-born striker Andy Carroll, who has just been handed the number 9 shirt at Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – has courage to take the number 9 shirt
Shearer told the Evening Chronicle:
“I’m pleased for him.” “There are a few people who would have shied away from it over the years.”“He’s shown some courage to take it – he’s a Geordie lad and he’s got to enjoy it.”
“Andy’s big and strong and tough to play against, and if they can get balls into the box he will be a handful in the air.” “I used Andy a few times and he did very well for me.” “He scored a good header at Stoke.”
“I hope he can do it in the Premier League, and that could depend on who they get in.” “What will be important will be the service they get to him and I see Wayne Routledge as a main figure in that respect.”
“Hopefully, Wayne has really settled in and will have a good season in the Premier League.” “He’s done well so far.” “They won’t create so many chances as last year, so the chances that do come along they have to make the most of.”
Wayne Routledge made a massive difference when he came into the club in January, and we suddenly started to score a lot more goals, as did Andy.
If we can get another winger in to supplement Wayne and Jonas Gutierrez, then so much the better, and that’s what Chris Hughton is trying to do by bringing in Tom Cleverley of Manchester United.
Of course there are still massive questions about the Newcastle squad.
It could have been that even after all the departures last season Newcastle were still left with a PL squad playing in the second division, and owner Mike Ashley was willing to put some money into the club on a regular basis, to help pay the huge wage bill.
And that seemed to work just fine, but is this squad now ready for the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and the like.
That’s the big question of course, but we should have a good idea in a few months – after say the first 10 games of the season.
What Andy Carroll needs, is a a goal or two in the first few games of the season, to set him on his way in the Premier League, and if he can do that, who knows what he is capable of next season?
Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.