News this afternoon that Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up a £6M January move for Newcastle’s 21 year-old striker Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – not available – and but worth much more than £6M
There are a few things that seem a little silly about this story – assuming of course there is some truth in it – and that’s still an assumption at this point.
First of all, if Spurs think they can get Andy for £6M – they should think again – he’s worth an awful lot more money than that.
And secondly, we don’t know how many times local lad Andy has said the only club he wants to play for is Newcastle United. It’s the club he’s been at since he was 14 and Andy was the youngest ever player to play for Newcastle in European competition.
He was given his first team debut in the UEFA Cup tie against Palermo in November of 2006, by then manager Glenn Roeder, and at that time Andy was still 65 days short of his 17th birthday.
Andy has come successfully through the Newcastle Youth system, and played for the U18 side that twice reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in recent years.
We suppose it’s natural that clubs will covet Andy, and he’s already been very good so far this season, with 4 good goals, but he can also get a lot better than he is right now, as Newcastle manager Chris Hughton keeps stressing.
Last season, Andy was told he needed to add goals to his game by Chris last December, and the 6’5″ striker obliged by scoring 19 goals over the whole of last season, with 16 of those goals coming since the turn of the year.
You could say that Andy listens closely to what Chris tells him he needs to accomplish – to improve as a striker. 😀
Spurs, or any other club for that matter, can go on all they want, about who they want to sign in January – but if they really want to sign a striker come January – they should pursue targets they have some chance of signing.
With Andy – there’s no chance – zilch – zero – nowt.