Andy Carroll he is not guaranteed to get his place straight back for the game at home to Wigan a week come Saturday.
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But there again manager Chris Hughton has made it clear that not one player on Tyneside is guaranteed a starting position in the team – not a single one.
And that’s the way it should be, but certainly hasn’t been at Newcastle in the past, when our big stars when fit, would be automatically included in the side, if only because the club paid so much money for them, and often way over the odds.
Andy Carroll came through the ranks at St James’ Park, and is now wearing the famous number 9 shirt on Tyneside, but that doesn’t mean he will start every game, when he’s not at his best.
That happened on Sunday, with Shola Ameobi being preferred because of his great performance at Stamford Bridge, and apparently in training last week he continued to be outstanding – and so he got the start – and in those circumstances so he should have.
Chris Hughton now has players challenging for a start at Newcastle all over the pitch, and he talked about what his job is, to the Daily Mirror today:
“What I have to do is pick players who are going to win a game for Newcastle United,” “Andy had a touch of a virus last week and if you look at his last performance, he had perhaps lost that edge.”
“Shola Ameobi had done well at Chelsea and is pushing him hard. That’s the competition we have and Shola started against Manchester City.”
“Andy is a massive part of this club, but we have to have competition in all areas. These are the things we see week-in, week-out.”
It’s all part of the training and guidance Andy is getting at Newcastle to become a top-class player, and it could be that his dropping for the Sunday game swayed Fabio Capello not to pick the Newcastle striker for the England squad yesterday.
Fabio instead went with 33 year-old Kevin Davies of Bolton Wanderers, for his first ever call-up.
Seems like Fabio is building for the future doesn’t it, and we cannot imagine the England FA is too happy with the squad he’s selected, with so few youngsters included.