Shearer Thinks Andy Carroll Still On Steep Learning Curve

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.

Alan continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #1

    1 in 3 record is incredible seeing as he’s not started many games. If he can carry on as he is then he could easily be an England player in a few years.

    So far I’ve seen him play one game where he looked as good as Shearer in his prime – I’ll let you figure that on out 😉

  • john_cena163

    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope he scores at hat-trick at home.
    Oftopic- any1 no the fifa 11 player rateng for our squad. Al I know foster is rated 70. Hope enrique an othas r above 80

  • john_cena163

    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #3


  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #4

    cena, only HBA is above 80 (he’s 81 I think)

    The rest are all around 72-76

  • toonchip

    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #5

    John_cena here are the ratings of the Newcastle players.

    Newcastle :
    Ameobi 71
    Barton 74
    Best 69
    Campbell 76
    Carroll 73
    Colocinni 76
    Donaldson 63
    Edmundsson 45
    Enrique 73
    Ferguson 58
    Forster 70
    Gosling 73
    Guthrie 72
    Guitierrez 78
    Harper 73
    Inman 60
    Kadar 59
    Krul 67
    Lovenkrands 75
    LuaLua 66
    Nolan 76
    Perch 66
    Ranger 69
    Routledge 72
    Simpson 73
    Smith 70
    Soderberg 63
    Tavernier 53
    Taylor, Ryan 73
    Taylor, Steven 75
    Tozer 58
    Vuckic 65
    Williamson 69
    Xisco 71
    Zamblera 67

  • pearceet

    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #6

    They are old…. Wheres HBA or Tiote????

  • toonchip

    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry I think Tiote is 74 and ben arfa is either 78 -80 cant remember. I will play it in the moring and let you know lol

  • smiley_nufc

    Oct 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Can anyone post a link for Andy C’s hattrick against villa?

    Trying to find a link but can’t find nothing on youtube.

    Cheers Lads & Lasses, need a bit of cheering up lol

  • smiley_nufc

    Oct 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Also, if anyone has a PS3 and wants a (half decent) game, Ill say!

    Add me on your PSN: smiley_nufc

    Come on the tooooon!!

  • baro

    Oct 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Add me too on PS3.

    mine is : Baro_7

    Can somebody post the real and updated ratings of every player on Newcastle for Fifa 11? I haven’t got the game yet but will soon have it. Would appreciate it.

  • baro

    Oct 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #11

    All out of contract..

    How about going after Ronaldinho?? 😀
    I’m more than certain Ronaldinho would want to end his career in the premierleague.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 9, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Wouldn’t want any of them, baro.

    Maybe Pirlo, but it says he’ll probably sign again and we have so many CMs.

    Nesta will obviously sign again and the others would want wages that wouldn’t be justified

  • john_cena163

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Wtf carrol, enrique r underrated. They should b atleast 80., also willi 69. They beta update him to 80 he looks pure class.

  • john_cena163

    Oct 10, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #14

    They beta underrate liverfool squad. We r much beta dan the fools. Y do they always underrate our playrs , arfa should b atleast 85+

  • toonchip

    Oct 10, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Im afraid those ratings are correct played the game today can’t believe how under rated most of them are. although you can download something that updates the team after each game based on there performance.


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