Kevin Keegan has been talking about Newcastle today, and he has given his opinion of 21 year-old striker, Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – in action at Goodison Park
As Chris Hughton continues to say, Andy Carroll is still learning his trade, even though he may be included in the England squad on Monday, for the game against Montenegro on October 12th.
Kevin gave Carroll his very first Premier League start at Everton just two years ago, and this is what Kevin said about the Gateshead born youngster today on ESPN:
“I gave Andy his first Premier League start in May 2008 and I must say, he is probably in the top three headers of a ball I have ever seen in football.” “Defenders do not like playing against a player in his mould because he will knock them about a bit and is an old-fashioned centre forward.”
“He is not Alan Shearer yet, and he may never be, but if he maintains his prolific form and continues in a confident vein, it would be unwise to put limits on his potential. Playing Manchester City away at the weekend is the perfect scenario to judge his ability.”
“Given the club’s rich history of attacking talent, it is no surprise that they also appreciate the work of a No. 9.” “Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer have worn the famous shirt over the years and now that honour falls to Andy Carroll.”
We have been impressed with the way Andy has conducted himself these last 6 months, but he will need to stay out of trouble off the field, if he is ever to fulfill his enormous potential.
But Andy seems to be listening closely to all the good and common sense things manager Hughton is telling him every day, so we are very hopeful that Andy can become another great Newcastle number 9, in the future.