Andy Carroll Can Be As Good As Didier Drogba – Maybe

The current Chelsea manager knows a good player when he sees one, and today Carlo Ancelotti has said he sees an awful  lot of potential in Newcastle United’s local striker Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll – the new number 9 at Newcastle United

And that potential is so great that Carlo thinks Andy could become as good as Didier Drogba – that’s some compliment with the emphasis on could.

The 21-year-old has been in outstanding form for Newcastle this season, and after his winning header at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, he produced another classic power header to equalize for Newcastle last night, just after half time.

And it seems that Carlo Ancelotti is fully in agreement with Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, that Andy still has a lot of room for improvement, such is his great potential.

Carlo told The Sun today:

“Carroll is a very good striker,” “He’s young and has a chance, working hard, to arrive at the same level as Drogba.”

“But they are different players. Drogba has more power and ability to score different kinds of goals, while Carroll is good in the air but has to improve.”

What we like about Andy is that he seems unfazed by all the attention he is getting this season, and seems to be following Chris Hughton’s savvy guidance, and only concentrating on playing well for Newcastle in every single game.

And his 7 goals have him top of the PL scoring charts, tied with team-mate and Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, Chelsea’s Florent Malouda and Man City’s Carlos Tevez.

In his career so far, and including 12 games he played at Preston on loan back in 2007, he has 96 total appearances  and 30 goals, so far in club football.

In International football for the England U19 and U21 teams,  he has played 13 times with 6 goals.

We will need some goals from Andy against Fulham on Saturday so we can get back on our winning ways.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    if he can improve his long shots, maybe learning couple of individual tricks, he be good 🙂

  • Toon XI

    Nov 11, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Drogba has far more speed and a considerably more dangerous shot. AC is improving, but he is not anywhere near Drogba.

    Let’s hope he stays out of jail.

  • ash1001

    Nov 11, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    hes coming along just fine, scoring goals, working hard for the team, just needs a good partner up front with him, and it sure as hell ain’t going to be that lazy so and so called Shola, least hope its not going to be.
    Its just an opinion but he is beyond hope. how in the hell he damaged his hamstring last night is beyond belief, cos he never ran anywhere, even to try and get back onside. have to say I accept that I have it in for Shola but after 10 years of promising this, promising that, I think I have the right, but well done Andy Carroll.
    That aside I also think Houghton got it wrong last nigh, Tiote was devastated after his mistake, then the booking, his game was non existent from that point onwards, felt really sorry for him and maybe at that point he should have been substituted.

  • shearermania

    Nov 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I have never ever seen a player with a leap and so good in the air like caroll……scaring hes only 21 he’ll get better in the air……….hoofball for many years and long may it continue with this freak leading our line…………
    hes amazing in the air……..

    a lot is left deired on his feet though

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 11, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Everyone seems to forget that AC is still only 21, he is still maturing in himself and the game.

    He WILL improve, we just dont know how much.

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon XI, isn’t that the whole point in the statement?

    Carroll could as good as Drogba.

    I don’t think he’ll be on that level, but I think he could be in that bracket of the new complete centre-forward with Drogba, Torres, Rooney, Villa, etc.

    He has a decent shot, but needs to use it more, he has more pace than people give him credit for, a good head, and good technique.

  • Toon XI

    Nov 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    HTL – that is my point. He is NOT on par with Drogba and may never be due to lack of pace and dangerous shot.

    He is a different type of forward than Drogba. I can’t logically compare the two. Two differing styles of putting the ball in the net.

  • HOGC

    Nov 11, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    when did drogba really come into prominence in the football scene? probably after 25 years old i guess? that was where people started noticing him after he put on a lot of great performances at marseilie. so he was probably still learning his trade before that? he could have been lousier then carroll at the age of 21 too. its hard to say

  • milktoonaus

    Nov 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #9

    the white, british lebron james= andy carroll


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