Andy Carroll is an exciting and gifted young Tyneside striker, who has already been given the famous number 9 shirt at his home town club – Newcastle United.
Andy Carroll – I will learn from my mistakes
Andy, as we all know, has had his troubles off the field of play, and on October 25th he was fined for an altercation in a Newcastle night club last December, and we were hoping that would be the end of it, but then a week before that, he had another altercation with a former girl-friend.
If Andy doesn’t quickly get his life together off the field, it could ruin what can become a wonderful career for the 21 year-old at Newcastle.
Andy talked to the Evening Chronicle:
“I just have to put everything that has happened behind me now.” “I will learn from my mistakes. And I just now want to concentrate on football.” “I don’t want to be on the front pages anymore, just the back pages.” “I just need to keep my head down and I think there’s a great group of lads here to help settle me down a bit.”
“I just want to play the football that I know I can.”“There’s been a lot of things going on. But I just need to keep concentrating on my football which I think I’ve done in the last couple of weeks.” “I just want to keep playing well, training well and then at the weekends produce the most important thing which is playing for Newcastle United.”
Joey Barton has a bad name for that kind of stuff – but let’s reword that statement just a little.
Joey Barton has a terrible name for the kind of stuff, but he’s in the process of rehabilitating himself both off and on the football pitch, and that has meant Joey having to give up drink completely, because he has said he gets stupid after a drink, and becomes violent.
Joey is now just starting to get some praise for seemingly getting his life together, and beating his demons – which is always very tough – and certainly the 28 year-old has been in great form for the Newcastle side this season.
It may be odd for us to say this – but Joey can become an excellent role model for Andy- for what Joey Barton has done these last couple of years, in putting his life together.
And Joey has already indicated he is more than willing to help Andy become more mature.
“I’ve just had to forget about it all really and put it to the back of my mind.” “I’ve just had to carry on playing well the way I have done without the problems. I think that’s what I’ve done.”
“Nobby and his missus have helped me a lot. They gave me a place to stay and they’ve looked after me.” “I have to say a big thanks to them, Kev is always there or thereabouts, whether it’s at home or anywhere else.”
Those are good words from Andy, but he’s said such things before, so we have to hope he has indeed learned his lessons, and will put his life together, starting now, and he’s getting big help from his captain Kevin Nolan, as he has acknowledged.
And yes, we know it must be really difficult – when you are famous at just 21 years of age, and already wearing the famous number 9 shirt at the Newcastle United club – to keep your feet on the ground.
We all hope Andy’s troubles are over, and that he can concentrate on banging home the goals for Newcastle United in the years ahead – and that would be just great – for Andy and for Newcastle.