It turns out that Andy Carroll got an ankle knock on Thursday in training last week.
Andy Carroll – after scoring vital equalizer on Saturday at Molyneux
There were some reports that Andy was touch and go for the game at Wolves on Saturday, but the youngster managed to get through 80 minutes at Molyneux, before being subbed by Shola Ameobi after another fine goal.
Chris explained the injury:
“Andy took a whack on his ankle, and didn’t train for a few days, but managed to get through the bulk of the game, though he was feeling it towards the end.”
“He’s gone away with the Under-21s, and they’ll assess his ankle.” “I can see why England has been mentioned.” “He’s a tall No 9 who is scoring goals, and that’s been a valuable commodity for England in recent years.”
“I understand the reasons people have been talking about him, but he’s still got a lot of development in him.” “This is his first real season in the Premier League.”
“Like any striker, he’ll got through spells of scoring goals, and barren spells. It’s about his performances in those spells.”
We have been extremely impressed with the way Chris Hughton has seemingly made Andy Carroll into a much better player, and a good goalscorer too.
Last December, while he thought Andy was playing quite well, Chris wanted more goals out of the youngster, and from January on Andy obliged big time, with 16 goals before the end of the season to go with the 3 gaols he had already scored for the Tyneside club.
19 goals for the season set him on his way, and he’s already got 4 good goals in just 3 games in the Premier League, including his first ever hat-trick.
Make no mistake about it – Andy Carroll is a good player – and Chris Hughton is a top coach, and we are hoping he will turn into a top manager for the Newcastle club.
And the signs are there that’s just exactly what Chris will become – a top manager – we certainly hope so.
Howay The Lads!!