Hughton Says Big Andy Carroll Has No Fear

Andy Carroll will come back into the side today against Stoke City, even though Shola Ameobi had one of his best games ever for the Magpies on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, where the Chelsea defense just couldn’t seem to contain the big man.

Andy Carroll – the local lad has no fear

And today Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has been complimentary of Newcastle new young number 9 – Andy Carroll – and it seems Chris would like him to feature for the England U21 side, rather then the full England squad at the moment,

England  have a European Championship U21 play-off with Romania in two weeks time, and Chris would be happy to see Carroll in the squad for that game.

This is what Hughton said about the 21 year-old today:

“We are incredibly confident that he’s a young player who’s got a bright future here,” “At this moment he is very much an Under-21 player and that’s where I see him.”

“He’s a young player who’s still developing his game.” “The fact that people have spoken about him gaining a call-up to Fabio Capello’s senior squad, is a reflection on how he’s started the season.”

“That’s got to be something that’s really pleasing for him. But at this moment I see him all as an Under-21 player.”  “He won’t get carried away with the attention,” “It’s how he handles the highs and lows because it is a particular position where even the most wonderful goalscorers of the past have had barren spells.”

“Look at Wayne Rooney at the moment.” “What has helped Andy is the fact that he’s scored goals. Strikers are capable of going through barren spells and perhaps not playing so well.”

“He’s managed to get off the mark. I think if you’d said to him at the start of the season ‘Would you have settled for four goals by this stage?’ he would have.”   “He doesn’t have fear. There are areas of his game that he still needs to develop, he’s nowhere near the finished article.” “But he’s a young player who’s prepared to listen and learn.”

“At this moment we are in quite a healthy position with the squad and competition is vital.” “We have Shola Ameobi’s performance midweek, Nile Ranger, another young lad making great progress, Peter Lovernkrands, excellent for us last year and Leon Best, who hasn’t had the opportunities.”

“So there is real competition and that will be important. I would expect Andy to react to that the same way I would expect anyone to.”

Chris will have to balance things this season – somehow –  as we know Shola wants to play more, and of course Chris has another young budding star in 19 year-old Nile Ranger also coming though.

Chris elected to keep Nile at the club this season, so he’ll have to find ways of getting Nile some playing time, but with all the players at Newcastle seemingly all playing very well right now, that’s not going to be an easy task for the manager, whose star is starting to rise  rapidly on Tyneside.

But it’s still a great problem to have for the manager – no doubt about that.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on carroll another hatrick from you n another 3 points for the TOON… happy days. still in top half even if we lose but that aint going to happen.

    Haway the lads

  • leedodd

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Andy Will Play For the Full National team One day Soon But It is Better To Keep His Feet on the Ground for now !!!!!!!!!!! Although When He plays at St James at the Moment he is on Cloud 9 as Number 9 …. We Don’t want an Andy Cole Situation were he was Great in The League but Didn’t do well For England.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #3

    He is a good loing lad and as an “old fashioned centerforward” how long do you think before he loses that great smile to caps and crowns?

  • Sav

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Ranger wide right against Stoke today?

  • stk85

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    raylor colo williamson bull
    ben arfa barton tiote jonas

    theres my team, it wont be far off that anyway. ameobi, ranger and vuckic to come on

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Hoy Cupie. Andy will get loads of caps but expecting him to replace Queen Lizzie is plain micey!

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    @6 I don’t think Lizzie can head the ball like AC in fact I don’t think she ever could, so I’m not too sure as to how he could replace her. 🙂

    I don’t know if you realised but I was talking dental caps and crowns, old fashioned forwards were well noted for losing front teeth. 🙂 🙂


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