Andy Carroll seems to be under no illusions as to what he has to do when he wears the number 9 shirt next season.
Andy Carroll – we want goals, goals and more goals from this lad
And that very simply is to score goals, and if he can get anywhere near the 19 he scored last season he will be doing very well indeed.
Carroll talked today to the Evening Chronicle:
“It’s a great feeling t o have that shirt on your back.” “But for me now it’s about getting the fitness side of it right before the new season.”
“I think that things will be absolutely fine by the start of the season.” “I’ve not had any advice off anyone apart from family and friends. And I’m getting a bit of stick from the lads.”
“I definitely don’t want No 24 back, the No 9 is mine now and I intend to keep it.” “But I know what I have to do.”
It’s very simple what the England Under-21 player needs to do – very simple – just keep scoring those goals – that’s what center forwards are for.
But would somebody please remind England manager Fabio Capello about that, because he kept picking the inept Emile Heskey for England – no wonder we did badly in this year’s World Cup. Emile put us all out of our misery by resigning from International Football after the World Cup – good.
Switching back to Newcastle, we warned on Saturday night that the worst thing Newcastle fans can do right now is to panic because Norwich beat us – it was a pre-season friendly and Chris got out of the game what he wanted – end of story.
It would have been better to win – certainly – but we didn’t.
Andy talked about the Norwich game:
“The same happened this time last year at Leyton Orient, but we pulled through.” “I think exactly the same thing will happen now.”
“As soon as we get our fitness up, we’ll be fine.” “We’re still disappointed not to win the game.” “But we just have to get on with it and look forward to the next game.”
Newcastle will be holding a behind-closed-doors practice game this week, before the lads take on PSV Eindhoven on Saturday at St James’ Park – which will be a good test for Newcastle, followed by the game at Glasgow Rangers a week later.
“Everyone is just looking forward to the games.” “We’ll take each game as they come and they’re important for a lot of different reasons.”
So we’ve had both Shola and Andy tell us they want to score goals next season – so that’s good – isn’t it?
But we all know talk is very cheap, and we just have to hope that these strikers can back up their words with the real thing – goals, goals and more goals.
If they can do that we should be OK next season – maybe. 😀