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.