Andy Carroll has said he will be fit for Saturday’s home against fellow promotion team Blackpool.
Ian Holloway – Andy has to be close to England call-up
The 21 year-old Newcastle striker had been struggling with an ankle injury since he injured it in a training session prior to the Wolves game a couple of weeks ago.
And Carroll is said to be back in training this week, so it looks like he will be able to start against the Tangerines. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway may not think that is good news for his team, as Andy has been in great form this season.
Andy scored in the 4-1 victory over Blackpool at St. James’ Park last season, and he also got the goal when Blackpool beat Newcastle 2-1 at Bloomfield Road, which was one of only four league defeats for Newcastle last season.
The 47- year-old colorful Blackpool manager talked about Andy Carroll today:
“Simple, step on his hair.” “On a serious note, what a good player he is looking. Carroll’s got to be close to an England call-up.”“He’s an old-fashioned No 9, and I don’t mean that with any disrespect.”
“He can head it; he is strong; he is a threat when the ball is crossed into the box, getting his barnet or his foot on the end of it.” “That is a classic English center forward for me.”
“They are a dying bread and it is brilliant to see him doing so well.” “Hopefully he won’t do well when we play them. But who knows? They beat us 4-1 last season in the Championship, so we’ve got to improve big time.”
If Newcastle are indeed going to survive in the Premier League this season, then they should be taking all 3 points against Blackpool this Saturday, and there can be no excuses.
But Chris Hughton will also be spoiled for choice for this Saturday, as new signings Sol Campbell, Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa will all be available and probably included in the squad.