Hughton Hopes Carroll Will Keep Improving At Newcastle


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.

Andy Carroll – swings that left foot and it’s another goal

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.

Comments welcome.


108 comments so far

  • Andy Looks Handy

    Aug 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs says they will not be buying Hatem Ben Arfa. “We don’t have means for such a player.”

    so that shows that he won’t be going to Bremen.

    I still think he’s signing for us, and the reasons are:-

    1_He won’t be joining liverpool, cause they stopped all their transfer activites until the future of the club is sorted out.

    2_Chelsea?, Chelsea are the only big club who are playing on saturday i doubt that they would need him. With the money that they’ve got, they can buy Messi they don’t need Ben Arfa.

    3_West ham play on saturday and they are not interested in him, they are interested in Lorients Playmaker (can’t remeber him)

    4_We are about the only team that are interested in him and are playing on saturday, and everyone knows our transfer policy, we dont talk much about transfers so prob his agent was told to be quiet and he shouldn’t give too many info on the transfer.

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  • sweendog

    Aug 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Andy Looks Handy .. the sporting director said this over a week ago .. did he say this after last night??
    .. interestingly there seems to be nothing from werder after last night so you can rule them out after today .. if so
    ARFA IS A MAGPIE !!!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Aug 25, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    PMSL!!!!!!!!

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    LMFAO!!!!!!!!

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  • sweendog

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5

    CTFD!!!!

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  • sweendog

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    kids these days .. 🙂

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  • d_craig

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    today is the day boys get ready

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  • d_craig

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    live on ssn later today

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    ssshhh – we heard you yesterday d_craig you don’t have to keep posting it

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  • alex84

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #10

    man u are playin sat…and liverpool are buying konchesky so liverpool are in the market,

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    what today for HBA on ssn i hope so, i still hav a feeling that this deal is done i dont why i jus gotta feeling, anyone seen the rumours of deadline day move for connor whickham that wud b good coz that kid has talent

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    who knows if bremen want him but OM are trying there hardest to make bremen want him at the end of the it maybe there perferd choice but if its not HBA then he dosent have to go

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  • alex84

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14
  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #15

    I must admit after looking at all the articles over the last 3 weeks it seems that Benny will indeed be a geordie soon! I think the massive stublimg block was L’OM getting in a couple of players to replace Be Arfa and the other guy (forget what his name was) and now the have done that with Gignac and Remy he is free to leave. I suppose we will see at some point today where he has gone though and if it doesn’t end up being us I hope and fully trust that CH has got some more irons in the fire.

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  • sweendog

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    alex84 .. that quote is taken from //11 OM press release ..points to us being the only team with serious interest ..

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    I think that statement is purely to generate last minute interest from other clubs who maybe thought the deal to bring him to us was all but done, I still 100% believe that today is the day we all find out exactly WTF is going on!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18

    to be honest ive always thought its only ever been us in for its clearly jus OM f**king around they hav got to b one of the most akward to teams to do business with remember beyes move from there was a ryt mess

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  • alex84

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    sweendog…really? to me its saying another club is interested i.e liverpool, and bremen are expected to bid today…

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  • d_craig

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    hba will be at training ground thursday

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #21

    why liverpool alex bcoz i paper has printed it do u believe everything papers print, i think OM wud like bremen to bid dosent mean there goin to, dcraig how u so sure thought u jus said today was the day

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #22

    plus these quotes are at least a day old. i have no opinion either way on will he wont he sign, prefer just to wait until a club officially say yes we’ve signed him or SSN have footage of him walking into a training ground/stadium for a medical.

    lets face it this news really hasn’t changed greatly for 3 weeks

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    is that the same Liverpool that is over £350 million in debt and has to pay £2 million in interest payments a week to the rbs. i think they are likely to want a loan deal with low wages too.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    anyone else noticed its only took 2 games into the season for the press to start making storys up about us again things r lookin a bit to rosie up here for them after the villa game

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #25

    d_craig you were saying yesterday that the HBA deal was dead yesterday and that Nolan was leaving to Everton???? What has changed your mind or have you just woken up and decided to talk out of your arse again?

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  • d_craig

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #26

    i can only say i was wrong and a few others were right

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #27

    sky are always a couple of days behind with qautes from foriegn press, specially on the hba topic theyve been a day or two behind with every story

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #28

    A player must be registered for 24 hours before he can play for the club, so today isn’t a deadline day for anyone’s Saturday game.

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #29

    probably because the team have only been asked for interviews by local papers over the past year,now where back in the prem the national press expect us to tell them everything. hopefully if the team keep ignoring the crap they write they get bored and go bother another club.

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Also what are people thinking of CH at the moment? Me n my mate were talking about this on Sunday and we seemed to agree on the fact he’s trying to build a side for home games and a side for away games with 2 comletely different sets of formations and tactics. I personally think that he has been nothing short of pure class as a manager so far, so heres to CH and the future of the Toon!!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #31

    d_craig –

    Why are you so certain HBA will be here, and today for that matter lol?

    Have i missed some inside scoop you got hold of?

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    another point to make is did the agent just say saturday without looking at the teams fixtures because thats when most teams in france play, rather than say he could play this weekend. people could be reading to much into that remark imo

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  • MacToon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Taylor_Toon, I believe he’s built from the back and now in a position to strengthen the “flair and goal scoring” side of the team.

    Buying Routledge balanced the team out and must highlite how important it is to have 2 wide players atleast if not more to compete for places or change a game with a different option.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #34

    u seen the rumours on football rumours.com bout connor whickham now i kno that site is not at all reliable for storys, but that is a signing i wud love to get, if we had connor whickham in my opion we had hav 3 of the best young strikers in country in him, carroll n ranger

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  • Taylor_Toon

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #35

    I think at Home it will be more a case of concede 3 score 4 kind of attitude and away it’ll be play keep ball and camp on halfway and counter attack and hope to nick a goal. I know this is kind ov the way most managers would go about it but CH seems to be interested in bringing players in to suit his formations rather than keeping the same players and changing formation. If that makes any sense?!?!?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #36

    HBA is not coming here.

    Hoots has said the deal is dead.
    SSN are trying to stir it up.

    Liverpool want him for £7m if they get rid of Masch. so he wont be coming here.

    God how much I hate the name Hatem Ben Arfa now!!

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  • slazberger

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Taylor_Toon- he certainly seems to have the players support which can only be a good thing.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Taylor_toon –

    I agree with some of what you said. CH is certainly growing on me and I think his main fight was just how different he is to what the toon are used to. But it has worked a treat and i apologise for any worried comments i aimed at him.

    As for two diff formations i dont agree, the tactics are slightly diff of course…

    At home you get…

    …………..1……………
    1…….3………4…….5
    ………6………7………
    8…………9…………10
    ………….11…………..
    with emphasis on attack,

    away…..

    ………..1…………..
    2……3……4……5
    6…..7…….8……9
    ………..10………..
    ………..11………..

    with the wingers returning to wide midfielders, defending and breaking only when the opportunity is safe.

    But it works

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #39

    ok..assuming we are leading the race for hba..u think he will be ready in time for this wk mathc or next wk match..afterall deadline of transfer window.is next wk yea?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #40

    so Hoots are more reliable than ssn?

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