We had said during the summer that for Newcastle to do well in the Premier league, one or two of our key players would have to perform at their best for the club.
Andy Carroll – flying so far this season
One of those players was Andy Carroll.
By the end of last year Andy had just 3 goals in the Championship, and Chris Hughton had come out and said one thing missing from Andy’s game was that he just wasn’t scoring enough goals for a center forward.
And would you believe it, Andy obliged by knocking in another 16 goals from January 1st, to make his grand total for last season to 19 goals – and top goal-scorer at Newcastle.
For those achievements Andy was given the revered number 9 Newcastle shirt, worn in the past by such Newcastle scoring greats such as Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer, to name but four.
And what has Andy done so far in the Premier League this season?
He’s been outstanding in each of our first 3 games, scored 4 goals, including a hat-trick in Newcastle’s first Premier League game of the season, when we duly demolished a good Aston Villa side, 6-0 at St. James’ Park.
So this season Newcastle have made a fine start, and Andy an outstanding one.
But it’s only 3 games in of course, and Chris Hughton, whose feet are always firmly on the ground, has no doubt told Andy that he has to keep up that goal-scoring form throughout this long and hard season.
And to his credit Andy seems to have handled his new-found fame very well, as he’s reflected the advice of Chris Hughton during his interviews by saying he’s only interested in playing for Newcastle (England can wait), he has to keep scoring goals, it’s a long season, and he still has a lot to learn.
All of that is true of course, and we’ve noticed that Andy has his own way of celebrating, once he’s scored a goal.
We all know Alan Shearer raised his right hand in the air, when he scored all of those great goals in his fantastic career.
Andy puts both arms horizontal, as he runs towards the Newcastle fans.
He’s flying alright.