Chris Hughton has already said it – that no one player at Newcastle is guaranteed a starting position in the first team.
Andy Carroll – hopes for a starting position tomorrow
And of course, Andy, after scoring 4 gaols in his first 6 league games was benched last time out at Manchester City, and another local lad, 29 year-old Shola Ameobi got the start.
So Andy seems to have buckled down over the last two weeks, and raised his tempo in training as he hopes to recapture his starting position tomorrow against Wigan Athletic at St. James’ Park.
Carroll admits to being disappointed with being left out, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I was disappointed to be left out at Man City.” “But we have a big squad and there are no guarantees with people pushing for places.”
“With Shola Ameobi starting last week, it means I have to train harder and do what I need to do to get back in.” “That’s what you need.”
“If you know you are in the team every week there is a danger you can end up slacking off and take it for granted, and everybody needs that competition.” “So I can only look at it as a good thing and come back stronger.”
While Andy was included in Fabio Capello’s initial 30 strong England squad for the European 2010 qualifying game this week with Montenegro, he was left out of the final squad and 33 year-old Kevin Davies of Bolton got the call, and indeed his first cap on Tuesday night.
And as far as playing for England is concerned, Carroll said:
“I’ll keep my head down and do what I’ve been doing.” “I was in contention for the England squad.” “That is the first step, and hopefully I can be in the squad the next time.”
“I just need to keep getting the goals, playing well and creating the chances I know I can and putting them away.”
Chris Hughton has drummed it into the lad that what he does for Newcastle is all important, and since Andy signed a lucrative 5 year contract at the club earlier this week, he could well celebrate that with his 5th goal of the season tomorrow.
We hope so in any case, because Newcastle badly need a win against Wigan Athletic, to break our two game losing streak.