Andy Carroll has given an interview today to the Evening Chronicle and he covers lots of different subjects in this rather long interview.
Andy Carroll – Newcastle number 9 this season
Carroll told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Getting the No 9 shirt has been great, but no matter what number I wear I want to get the goals I know I can score. I just get on with the job.”
“A lot of people say there is pressure wearing the No 9 shirt, but I can take that and I will do what I did last season.”
Andy had been complimented for his professional approach, and willingness to learn by the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, and that’s good because if Andy can continue to follow Chris’ lead and direction – he’ll become a much better player – as he showed last season.
And as far as his International prospects look, Andy Carroll is realistic to know that getting into the England squad will still take some doing, with most of the strikers from the World Cup still in the squad, apart from a certain 32 year old who scored 7 goals in 62 games for England – who has announced his retirement from International football.
Carroll talked about his England ambitions:
“Almost everybody is still there as far as England strikers are concerned.” “All I can do is keep showing what I can do at Newcastle, hopefully it will be enough to get my chance.”
“That is all my aim should be, and I will just continue to do what I am doing.”
Andy is being harrassed to play for Scotland, because he qualifies for them through his grandmother (because she used to drink lots and lots of Scotch?), but he seems to want to only play for England.
However, right now Andy is looking no further than the Manchester United game on Monday night at Old Trafford, which is a very tough start for our lads, and will be shown on TV around the world live as it happens.
Andy talked about the upcoming Red devils game:
“It is a really good test for us at the start of the season.” “I am like everybody else, I am just looking forward to it.”
“I have never played there. I have been in the squad but never played, so it will be good to run out there.
“I go out in every game to score goals, and I am aiming to go out at Old Trafford and get goals. If I can it will be unbelievable.”
And Carroll is now sporting a moustache so my goodness, whatever Joey Barton has, it’s obviously catching.
The latest count says we have two players now sporting mustaches, but we’ll keep due diligence, because that number may increase before next Monday evening.
Andy is a good player in the making, and we have very high hopes that this can indeed be another break-through season for him – but the Gateshead-born player still has it all to do in the Premier League.
The good thing is that he knows that.