If Mike Ashley is learning from the mistakes he has made, while he’s been owner of Newcastle United, then he will not even think of selling Andy Carroll, when top clubs come a calling in January.
Andy celebrating his goal with manager Hughton on Sunday
Yes, we know every player has his price, and all that stuff, but not a local lad, who is being tipped by some pundits to potentially become as good as a certain Alan Shearer.
If that’s true, then there’s no way Newcastle will ever sell Andy, and if you had heard Andy being interviewed after the amazing 1-0 win against Arsenal – you basically saw a Newcastle fan born and bred on Tyneside, talking about what a superb victory it was for the Magpies.
When you are born and bred on Tyneside, then there’s not much you can do but become completely indoctrinated as a Newcastle United fan forever – that’s just the way it is – and I am talking from first hand experience.
Of course, it’s not Andy who will want to leave Newcastle, and the danger is that if Chelsea, as just one example, come and offer say £20M, then Mike Ashley may be tempted, but he just cannot sell big Andy.
Mike saw what happened when he treat Kevin Keegan like dirt a couple of years ago, and the Newcastle fan base rightly protested Kevin’s departure, when Mike seemed to favor Dennis Wise, the cockney – over a Newcastle legend.
And that was probably the biggest mistake Mike has made on Tyneside – and we really hope Ashley has learned more about Newcastle’s long and great tradition – and especially with Newcastle center-forwards, especially when they are also local lads.
Carroll has said many many times that he’s now playing for the only club he’s ever wanted to play for, and with the lad already wearing the famous number 9, at just 21 years of age, and still improving, why would he ever want to play anywhere else?
Chris Hughton seems convinced Newcastle will not sell Andy, as he said today:
“He is not for sale. We do not worry about that. It is obvious that as he continues to improve, his profile will be lifted and interest will be lifted.”“That is a normal process that happens with young players.”
“The best thing from our point of view is he fact he has just signed a new contract, was very happy to do that and is delighted to be playing here in his home town.”
Andy Carroll doesn’t want to go anywhere, and we hope that owner Mike Ashley shares that view too.