Carroll Needs To Keep Listening Closely To Chris Hughton


Andy Carroll is very well aware that once he becomes an England International, whenever that will be, he will come in for even more scrutiny for his actions off the field of play.

Andy Carroll – coming in for a lot of scrutiny

But Andy seems anxious to want to turn around that current view of him, which is not positive, as he said today:

“There’s been a lot said about me off the pitch and I want to change that round.” “I want people to be talking about what I do on the pitch.”

“I think I deserved the call-up. I’ve been doing well this season and I’ve got seven goals in the league.” “Plenty of opposition players and managers have said good things about how I play.”

“If I keep my good form going I hope the England manager will be picking me again.” “I really believe I can score goals for England, and I want the chance to prove it.”

Good words from big Andy, and Chris Hughton has coached the 21 year-old with great skill, since he took over as manager of Newcastle 16 months ago, and through Christmas of last year, Andy had scored only 3 goals in the Championship.

It was at that time that Hughton told Andy he had to add goals to his game  if  he ever was going to turn into a great striker, and we wonder why  somebody didn’t tell that to Emile Heskey many moons ago?

Then from January through the end of  last season, Andy Carroll scored another 16 goals in the Championship.

And this season has been no different, with Andy currently on  7 Premier League goals in his first 13 games in the top flight of English football.

Carroll added:

“Last season when I got 19 goals as we won promotion back to the Premier League, people were saying I could only do it in the Championship and that they’d find out what I was about when I was playing regularly in the Premier League.”

“Well I think I’ve shown I can do it in the top division and I’m convinced I can do it as an international as well.”   “I’m not afraid of playing for England, I see it as a great challenge and if I miss out this time it will just make me more determined to get in the squad the next time.”

It will be  a great pity if Andy misses out on the England game on Wednesday night,  due to his slight groin strain.

But what Andy needs to do is keep listening closely to what the Newcastle manager tells him to do, and we may even have another Alan Shearer class striker at Newcastle.

Wouldn’t that be something!

Comments welcome.



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2 comments so far

  • heavenfire

    Nov 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Andy has deserved his call up, and it’d be sad for him if he’s unable to play. Spare a thought, though, for Shola Ameobi, who has seen his striking partner and (until just a few weeks ago) rival for the Magpies’ starting line up rocket to stardom. Shola has proved that he can score goals in the Premiership and in European competition. He’s a model professional – off the pitch it’ll just be the church drums that he’s thumping. How far could he have gone if SBR had given him more opportunities after that terrific Barcelona performance? How much better might he be if he’d been able to follow his own game, rather than be modelled on Alan Shearer by successive coaches? Even now – and despite his regular injuries – Shola can’t be far down the list of English strikers in Fabio Capello’s mind.

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #2

    heavenfire, Shola and LuaLua were give time on the pitch, I think the problem was he was trying to develop at too high a level. You said it yourself, we were a european team, we needed consistancy and although Shola showed glimpses of class, he was frustrating!

    I think had we been lower down the table, Shola would’ve had less pressure on him and thus developed more steadily. Just the same as if we hadn’t have been relegated, big Andy would’ve been a bit part player, deserving of more oportunities but not getting them behind Owen, Oba etc.

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