Carroll Better And More Talented Than Emile Heskey


Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has come out today with some wise and reassuring words for 21 year-old Newcastle number 9 striker Andy Carroll.

Kevin Nolan – in action against Stoke City

This is what Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today about Andy potentially one day playing for England:

“I’m sure he wouldn’t let his country down, much like he hasn’t let us down.” “He’s just got to keep his head down, keep his feet on the ground, and not get carried away.” “Andy Carroll will be an England international.”

“The difference between Andy and the other strikers we’ve got is that he’s a good target man, and can hold the ball up and get on the end of crosses.”  “I don’t see him in the Peter Crouch mould.” “He’s a tougher one, more of an Emile Heskey – but, in my eyes, better and more talented.”

“In the end, I think he’ll become an England international.” “But at the moment, they’ve got lads who are flying and doing really well.” “There’s a few injuries, and maybe he’ll get a chance.”

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has handled Carroll so well over the last 15 months, and we think it’s Chris’ coaching that has in large measure brought the best out of the Gateshead lad, who has dramatically improved since the summer of 2009.

The former Ireland international right back said today:

“All I am interested in, and ever have been interested in, is how Andy performs for Newcastle United.” “It’s what he does in games and in training with us that is important.”

Most Newcastle fans would agree with Chris,  that all they are interested in is how he does at Newcastle, who are the club that pays his wages after all.

Comments welcome.



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4 comments so far

  • CT

    Oct 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    We rush young players with potential far too quick into the national team, Remember Shearer scoring a hatrick on his debut for Soton v Arse when only 17, but didn`t make the national squad for another 3 years. Carrol has potential no doubt, but after 7 premier games??? Spain is different, all their young players have extensive top flite experience!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think he’s ready yet. It could dampen his Newcastle progress as he would perhaps think he’s reached the top of the ladder and can afford to slack off a bit. Although I must say Andy does look like an honest bloke and even he will be thinking he needs to prove himself with Newcastle first. It would be a nightmare if he were selected for England only to be seriously injured in the process. That would be the last thing we need right now.

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  • baro

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Great words that’s what a captain does!

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  • Brutooon

    Oct 6, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #4

    he done well playing as a lone striker during our championship campaign and able to adopt for the BPL so far.

    he would easily adjust to a 4-4-2, with rooney by his side and johnson/milner/lennnon constant crossing of the ball

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