Carroll Knows What He Has To Do – Score Goals Galore!

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.

Carroll added:

“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. 😀

Comments welcome.

99 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘If they can do that we should be OK next season – maybe. :D’ Ed

    Yeah, Ed, maybe….?

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 26, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Carroll, Ameobi, Lovenkrands….

    If two of them have good seasons, and nolan routledge and guthrie chip in then we shouldnt finish in the bottom 3.


  • baro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    He better show next season that he deserves the #9.

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 26, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    We should put in a bid for Freddie Kanoute..scored goals in the prem before and would help Carroll out with the pressure of scoring goals. We can’t rely on the likes of Ameobi and Lovenkrands to find many goals due to being injury prone and lack of quality at this level.

  • baro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I truely wonder who the he11 would want to sign this guy??

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    I have said for ages carroll aint good enough, and nothing i have seen has made me change my mind, he is slow, has a poor first touch, and is injury prone, he wont get more than 7 goals in the prem this season. And in regards to everyone saying we shouldnt get cleverly, weiss etc and give our young players a chance, there is only vuckic, forster, ranger and kadar good enough, the rest are not and never will be good enough from what i have seen.

    We need to sign another striker, winger, right back and centre back, and they have to be proven players, with experience at the top level, not championship players, or cast offs ( JL Samuel)

    We need to be looking at players like o hara, sidwell, curtis davies, konchesky, seb larrsen, o hara, eagles, mark noble etc i’m not saying we should sign all those players, but thats the kind of players we should be looking at in my opinion

  • lewman

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #7

    @ baro, hopefully the mackems

  • baro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Well this story came out of nowhere. He did have a awesome world cup.

  • baro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9


    Hopefully he will join mackems to join former teamate Bramble 🙂

  • bill

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Dream on. If this team isn’t strengthened in several areas, especially central defence and up front with a proven goalscorer then we are in for a relegation scrap.

    What is going on at this club, hardly any time before the big kick off, and we have signed no one of any note. Even the players signed are often injured, one of them for big part of the coming season.

  • Mag 48

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #11

    We tried to unload Shola and there was no takers. Lovenkrands was a free agent and we were the only takers.Our other strikers just don’t. At least this season I’m not staring into another false dawn.Come on the Toon suprise me!!!

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    bill:- I totally agree with your post 100%, you cant really count gosling as a signing for next season, as he will miss 2/3 of it, and perch should only be a back-up player anyways.

  • burnsie

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #13

    baro what does it say about him…i dont speak spanish…………

  • burnsie

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14


  • bill

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Apparently we have to declare 25 players to the Premiere League for the coming season. I’m struggling to find 11 worth putting forward at the moment.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    We really need another striker, but been honest there isnt many out there available for a reasonable fee of around say 4-5m that is proven, I still say tuncay would be a decent signing, maybe also Jo on loan from man city

  • eltoro

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Edixon Perea is available on a free transfer. Sky saying there’s a lot of interest in England – maybe we’re one of the teams. He is a pacey striker but his scoring record doesnt look great.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry but it seems we have VERY little to spend. We are linked with Bolton rejects and any player that is free or at a very poor standard. Granted we have brought in Perch and Gosling but still it is not good enough. EVERY man and his dog can see that the team will struggle next season and to put another thing bluntly Ben Arfa on loan……..for god sake man spend some bloody money. NUFC have spent next to nothing as yet and you only have to look at Sunderland to realise how little we have invested. At least they have strengthened in numbers and added quality to their squad. We have added a very good youngster but out until the new year. We have signed a CC defender with no PL experience what so ever, don’t get me wrong i was happy when we signed Perch but it still ain’t good enough. We need at least 3-4 players just to survive this coming season. While Man City spend a hundred million we spend 1-2 million. I know we cannot keep up with that club but cmon we need to spend at least 15 million. Sad to say this but up to now we will struggle to to get out of the bottom 3 when the season is on its way unless someone has a little whisper in Mr Ashleys ear to tell him that he needs to play catch up just a little tiny bit.

  • andyglostoon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #19

    I would love them too surprise us with Landon Donovan and Steven Ireland!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Bill comment 15:

    I think i have the same problem however i think i’d pick (these aren’t saquad numbers btw)

    1. Krul
    2. Harper
    3. Forster
    4. Enrique
    5. Perch
    6. Simpson
    7. Coloccini
    8. S Taylor
    9. Williamson
    10. Kadar
    11. R Taylor
    12. Nolan
    13. Guthrie
    14. Gosling
    15. Barton
    16. Smith
    17. Vuckic
    18. Jonas
    19. Routledge
    20. LuaLua
    21. Carroll
    22. Lovenkrands
    23. Ameobi
    24. Ranger
    25. Xisco/Best (i really dont know who to give the chance to out of these 2)

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Its useless to judge now guys,,keep the criticism till the window’s closed….don’t worry,i’ll be more than happy to join you then.

    But for now,lets just trust CH and his ideas.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #22


    Yeah wouldn’t that be a major surprise lol.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon1978 comment 18:

    I agree with you about 98%. But also whilst Man City are spending 200million on new players, their other perfectly decent players are kicked out of the squad i wouldn’t mind any of the following which we have a chance of getting (and i will give a percentage of what i believe the chances of getting them is) e.g if any of these players was on the transfer list the chances they would come to us…..

    Micah Richards 55%
    Nedem Onouha 65%
    Pablo Zabaleta 35%
    Michael Johnson 70%
    Stephen Ireland 45%
    SWP 30%
    Nigel De Jong 25%
    Vladmeir Weiss 80%
    Roque Santa Cruise 20%
    Craig Bellamy 10%

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #24


    Yeah you are right mate but it gets a little frustrating lol.

  • andyglostoon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #25

    wouldn’t it lol

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Geordielad880 at comment#6, i agree with your assessment of Carroll but he is the best of a poor bunch of forwards which doesn’t bode well…plus apart from Enrique and the keeper position the rest of the defence is distinctly average at best.

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #27


    It is frustrating big time mate,,especially knowing that we are officially a selling club with absolutelly no ambitions whatsoever.

    All this club wants atm is to buy cheap and if by any chance someone shines(Bassong for ex) they’ll sell him immediatelly.
    Thats a definition of non-ambitious club.

    I’m gutted the way we’re going but what can i do,,,cant change the way i am.
    Even i lost sooo much money by betting on Newcastle while in EPL cos i wanted them to win and get the double pleasure,but at the end all i received was just horns on my head :-).
    While in CCL i didnt bet cos i was on a 8 months contract on a cruise ship.
    I dont wanna start how many tournaments i lost on PES cos all my mates chose Barca,Man Utd,Liverpool,Inter etc and i chose Newcastle.

    Well thats the story off my life 🙂

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Turkish Magpie

    Yes there are a few players there that i would love to see at our club ie Richards, Weiss, Ireland and Nedem Onouha.

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Please don’t bet on us this season Partizan 🙂

  • andyglostoon

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Is anyone else bored with seeing the same old names on our squad list,depressing isn’t it!

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Shot Bru

    LOL,,i will bet on the first 2 games only and then off i go…gotta be in Harwich on 22 Aug to join Jewel of the Seas.

    Btw which clubs are close to Harwich…was it Colchester and Ipswich?

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #32

    No i wont Shot Bro,,well only the first 2 games cos i gotta go back to the ship which is in Harwich.
    Gotta be there on Aug 22 to join Je-wel of the Seas.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #33


    I missed a lot of Nufc and time with my family as i was in the Royal Navy for 6 years. I seen more of my fellow matlows then my family and more of Portsmouth FC then my own beloved Toon hehe.

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon 1978

    Well me too mate,,i’ve been in the cruise industry since 2002,,,the season where Newcastle lost first 3 games in the CL and then won the next 3.

    I still remember Griffin’s header against Juventus 🙂

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #35

    I think out of our squad the only players i rate are:-


    The rest are average players at best

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #36

    If money is as tight as alot of people think it is, I think the priorities have to be CB, RB and a winger, we will have to give more chances to ranger and vuckic, if we signed sol campbell, onouha and a winger on loan, I would be happy with that

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #37


    Football is very unpredictable,,just go back in the last 4 years and you’ll see my point.

    Genoa in Italy
    Stutgart from 15th went all the way to become champion in Germany
    Who the hell was Villareal 5 years ago…NOBODY

    What i’m saying that all these players you listed could be more than enough to get us to 7th place,,,the difference between this squad and the squad that got us relegated is that this squad will play like there’s no tomorow.

  • geordielad880

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #38

    partizan totally disagree, no side without pace and ideas can have much success, we lack in so many areas, mark my words, without 3-4 more prem players we will struggle to stay up, you can have asmuch work rate and organisation as you like, but teams that pass and create will break you down eventually, god knows what man utd will do to us. We have a team which doesnt have legs, if enrique and jonas were injured we would be screwed, i remember when jonas was missing last season we were dreadful

  • Partizan

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #39

    geordielad…dont forget we also have 4 more weeks to strenghten.
    My opinion is ….if we get Ben Arfa,Djalo + 2 more quality players we could be a major threat to anyone.
    Thats what i sad,,lets wait till the window’s closed.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 26, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #40

    geordielad880 comment 37-

    i totally agree, if Jonas or Routledge, Enrique and 2 CB’s get injured ( Steven Taylor already) we’re basically F^*%£d

    Even Though Kadar can play LB he is a CB and is out of position, also when we lose a winger we either play R Taylor who’s only assets are crossing and throwing or playing some1 out of position eg Guthrie or now Gosling reallistacly we need:

    LB: (cover) Van Aanholt
    Winger: (cover or starter) Sebastian Larsson, Marcus Pederson
    CB: (cover) O’Brien loan, Jonny Evans loan
    ST: (Starter) Erdinic

    Those are the players i would like to see and not neccesarily the best options possible


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