The Newcastle manager Chris Hughton does not think number 9 striker Andy Carroll is too upset about being left out of the full England squad for the game with Montenegro next Tuesday night.
Andy Carroll – not too disappointed at not being in England squad
Chris Hughton is adamant that all his players, and especially the successful younger ones, keep their feet firmly on the ground at Newcastle, and that’s a good thing.
This is what Chris told The Newcastle Journal today:
“I don’t think Andy will have been affected by the fact he wasn’t selected by England,” “There was a lot of speculation in the media and I’m sure he was aware of that, but I don’t think he is upset. He knows he is still a young player and he is still learning. He won’t worry about it.”
” He will just get on with it.””He has had a very good start to the season, but he is still developing. I left him out of the starting line-up at Manchester City because he had been struggling with a virus and he was a little below par, but that is normal.”
“He is going to have ups and downs, that is natural at this stage of his career. He isn’t going to be at his best all the time because he is a young player, and that happens.”
Of course it didn’t help Andy’s chances much of getting into the full England squad, that Chris dropped from the Newcastle starting line-up the day before the squad was announced – that didn’t help at all.
But it looks like Shola Ameobi is in tremendous form right now, and that being the case, he deserved his start on Sunday at Eastlands, and of course really got Newcastle that penalty after 77 minutes, if the referee wasn’t adamant about ensuring Man City won the game.
In fact Hughton has admitted he was happy the striker had been left on Tyneside this week, as he continued:
“Whether he is called up by England, or whether he is called up by the Under-21s, all of that is out of our hands.” “But, if I’m honest, the one thing you always worry about when a player is away on international duty is whether they come back injured.”
“Instead, we’ve managed to keep hold of Andy and he is here with us. I’m sure he will be selected again, but that isn’t up to me.” “He is gaining experience all the time and that is the good thing. He is going to get better and better, I am confident about that.”
“All of the things that have happened to him over the last few weeks, the one thing I’m absolutely certain about is they will make him a better player. He will learn from everything that happens to him.” “He is a huge part of what we are trying to achieve this season and he is a huge part of what this club is trying to achieve moving forward.”
Andy has had a very good season so far, with 4 goals in the first 7 games, although he hasn’t scored since his goal at Wolves in our third game.
But it seems perfectly clear to us that Hughton is doing everything right with Andy Carroll, and indeed the rest of the Newcastle youngsters, as he prepares them for life ahead as famous footballers.
You cannot start getting carried away with your own performances, and once you start believing your own headlines, it’s all downhill from there.
We’re sure Andy will have another excellent season on Tyneside, and he’s already made more than a decent start.