Andy Carroll, born and bred on Tyneside, has made it clear to anybody who is willing to listen to him, that Newcastle United is the only club he wants to play for.
Aaron Hughes and Andy Carroll race for the ball on Saturday
But that hasn’t stopped some of the big clubs thinking they will be able to buy Andy in the summer, or even in January, and the only worry we have is if a club comes in with really stupid money for him – and Mike Ashley is tempted to sell.
Man City have proved more than once they are willing to hugely overpay for their players, and they may yet do that again in January or next summer.
Andy seems very happy on Tyneside, that’s for sure, as he said today:
“I’ve signed a five-year contract and I’m delighted with that. This is the club and the city for me and always will be.”
“If somebody told me I could stay here for my whole career then I would be delighted. I’ve always said I just want to keep working hard for Newcastle United and doing the No 9 shirt justice.”
“It’s a real honor to simply be called up for your country, but I have to give credit to the manager Chris Hughton and my team-mates. Without them I wouldn’t be scoring the goals.”
“Chris has been fantastic for me. And I just want to keep repaying his faith in me.”
Those are good words from the young star, and we’re pleased he realizes the huge contribution Chris Hughton has made to the development of the youngster.
The experienced Sol Campbell, who has played for some very good managers in his time, said over the weekend that the best thing Newcastle had going for them was their manager, and certainly Sol seems to have been very impressed with what he’s seen of Hughton at Newcastle.
Andy was still pretty raw when Chris took over the club 16 months ago, when the big-money makers wanted out of the club, and we realized they liked the big money much more than playing for the Magpies.
But Chris has brought on a number of players at Newcastle, not just Andy Carroll, and he has managed to get the very best out of players like Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson, Shola Ameobi – and the list goes on.
And who knows, if Danny Simpson, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan keep up their excellent form this season, there may be England squad places for them in the future too.