Andy Carroll gave a good interview yesterday and one of the things he talked about was how unbelievable new boy Ben Arfa has looked in training.
Andy Carroll – will start today for Magpies
Andy could well be playing with Ben Arfa this afternoon, since the Frenchman can play on either wing – as a second striker – or in central midfield (wonder if he can also play goalkeeper?).
Ben Arfa has said this week how impressed Andy has looked playing for Newcastle in their past few games, and it seems that Andy has a very opinion of Ben Arfa, from what he’s seen in training so far.
“In training Ben Arfa has been unbelievable.” “I trained with him for the first time yesterday and he was so fast.” “He is of an unbelievable standard and I think he’ll create a lot of chances for us.”
And it seems Andy is looking forward to the Blackpool game today and of course he ha scored against Blackpool last season when he scored a goal in each of our two games against the Tangerines – a 2-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road and a 4-1 win this year at home.
“I’ve got good memories of scoring against Blackpool and hopefully that can continue.” “It’ll still be a tough game as they’re a good team and are doing well.”
“But we’re doing well too, so hopefully we do what we need to do and get the three points.” “The first time we played them, I scored just after my daughter was born.”
“She was born the day before we played at Blackpool.” “I shouldn’t have really travelled that day because I had been up the night before – but I asked the gaffer and he let me.”
“We were beaten, so it wasn’t the greatest day in football terms, but I managed to get one for my daughter.” “But I did get that goal and that was what got the ball rolling for me in terms of goals.”
Carroll missed out on England Under-21 games in the International break, when England won both their games and qualified for the play off rounds leading up to next years’ European U-21 Championships in Denmark.
Andy returned to training a few days ago, and has said he feels very fit and is looking forward to this afternoon’s game against Blackpool, where a win would see Newcastle well positioned in the Premier League after the first four games.
Carroll has recovered from his ankle injury that he made worse by playing the last game at Wolves and he continued:
“I’ve had a decent break and my ankle is OK now.” “I have had a bad ankle for a while now, a couple of seasons really.”
“I just rocked it in training and it swelled right up.” “I played against Wolves and it swelled up again. I couldn’t really move after the Wolves game which meant I missed out with England, which I was devastated about.”
“I trained on Thursday for the first time and it was fine, so we’ll see how it is.”
Carroll has been in the news lately as a potential England center forward but he doesn’t seem bothered by all the publicity surrounding him, as he continued:
“As far as England was concerned, I don’t bother with the hype because I don’t read anything or watch anything.”“It’s just people talking about it in training.”
“All I can do is work hard for Newcastle United. What people say outside doesn’t bother me.” “If it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
That’s a good way to think about it, and of course Andy has already said the important thing for him is to play for the Newcastle club, first and foremost. That’s certainly different from Michael Owen, who seemed more interested in playing for England than Newcastle, when he was being paid ridiculous wages on Tyneside.