The young man who has been getting all the publicity in the first 10 days of the new Premier League season is 21 year-old Andy Carroll.
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And his manager at Newcastle, Chris Hughton, has been quick to praise the local boy, who was selected yesterday for the England U21 squad, which means he will miss out on his first cap, in England’s upcoming European qualifying games.
This is what Chris said about Andy:
“He’s started the season very well, he had a good pre-season,” “We’ve consistently said that there are areas of his game that he needs to improve. But he’s still a young man with a very good aptitude for work and a willingness to want to improve.”
“Where he is at this particular time regarding England is of course for others to decide. The most important thing for us is that he’s performing for Newcastle United, and he certainly couldn’t have started the season any better than he has.”
“He’ll maintain that level of professionalism. He’s very, very aware that at this moment he’s quite big news. He’s on the back of a hat-trick, he’s a potential England No 9.” “The most important thing for him is that he continues to perform for Newcastle United.”
“Whether he plays for England or not is a decision for Fabio Capello. All Andy can do is do his best for this club and do the right things that will bring him a potential call-up.” “He’s worked very hard at his game, he is a specific type of player and I can see why people talk about him.”
“He’s an old-fashioned No 9 who is capable, as we saw on Sunday, of also scoring his goals on the floor and showing a deft touch at times.” “He’s got a long way to go, he’s not the finished article and he’ll have arguably as many bad days this season as he will have good days.” “We just hope that the good days for him are good days for this team as well.”
It’s one of Hughton’s jobs at Newcastle to give Carroll the room and the coaching he requires to develop fully, and so far Chris has been doing an excellent job of making Andy Carroll into a better player.
We have to hope Andy keeps up his improvement this season, and if he does then Newcastle will have some number 9 come next May.