Good news last night that Andy Carroll has signed a new 5 year contract at Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – while briefly manager at Newcastle last year
And the great Alan Shearer has talked today about the 21 year-old striker, and we’re sure Alan could pass on a few hints to the still learning (and improving) Andy Carroll.
Alan talked about Carroll’s England chances today:
“There was a lot of talk about England, but I think it was too early for him and so, importantly, does he,” “I bumped into him this week and he said as much. He isn’t upset about it. He realises he still has some way to go before he is ready to play for England.”
“It would have been great for him, but it will come. He has made such big strides, if he carries on, he will get there. I was 21 when I made my England debut at Southampton, Andy is still only 20.”
“There is no point rushing him in and then saying he isn’t ready after one game. He needs to be nurtured and that is what Chris Hughton is doing at Newcastle.”
“He has vast potential, but that is all it is at the moment. At this stage, everyone who knows him and works with him has to try and turn that potential into consistent performances.”
Andy is actually 21 right now, and turns 22 on January 6th – he was born in 1989.
Chris Hughton has kept Andy’s feet firmly on the ground in the last 15 months or so, and Chris is now bringing the best out of the Gateshead-born striker.
Andy has had a decent start to the season wiuth 4 goals in his first 7 league games this season, and Alan thinks he has made a good start to the season.
“I think Andy has had a good start to the season and I think, if you look at it as a whole, he’s scored four goals in seven games and he, and the team, would have taken that if you’d asked them a couple of months ago.”“He is not going to be brilliant every match and you have to accept that.”
“He is still young and he is still improving in every aspect of his game.” “He didn’t start against Manchester City, and again that is something he will have to get used to. He isn’t going to play in every game when he is 20. He hasn’t started ten Premier League games yet in his career.”
“He will get better with experience. He is on a steep learning curve, but you cannot expect too much too quickly. He is going to have ups and downs, that’s football. The thing with being a striker is you are going to have periods when you score a lot of goals and you’re going to have periods where you wonder where the next goal is coming from.”
“How young players cope with that says a lot about their character.” “It isn’t easy, but you have to accept it as part and parcel of playing in that position. There will be times when you are playing badly, having an absolute nightmare, but you still score the winner.”
“There will be other games where you’re playing brilliantly, get three or four chances and don’t stick a single one of them in the back of the net. He has to experience all of these things in order to develop his game.”
Those are the words of somebody who did it all as a striker, so we know Alan is talking from experience and knows exactly what he’s talking about.
Alan’s record is there for all to see, and in 733 first class games the man scored 379 goals, and for Newcastle he played 404 games with 206 goals.
Just a fantastic record, and if Andy can get anywhere close to that, he will have had a tremendous career – hopefully at the Newcastle club.
Of course at the moment it could be that Ameobi will start against Wigan Athletic, with Andy Carroll on the bench, but it all depends how Andy performs in training, and we are pleased the lad has signed on for Newcastle for the next five years.
Andy has so far appeared 90 times for Newcastle with 27 goals.