Newcastle manager Chris Hughton thinks that it will not be too hard a job to keep Andy Carroll’s feet firmly on the ground at Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – in action for England against France
Chris talked to the local Evening Chronicle today:
“I think there is always that danger people expect too much, but it is our responsibility to make sure we keep him on planet earth.”
“Knowing Andy and the type of lad he is, we don’t need to do it too much.” “At this moment it is all about Andy Carroll in the media.”
“In two days’ time it will be somebody else getting the headlines, and it changes from week to week.” “You have to make the most of a player while he is in confident mood.”
And talking about Andy making his debut for England, and following in the footsteps of two Newcastle United all time greats – Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer – in being a local lad who wore the number 9 shirt for both Newcastle and England – Chris continued:
“I think it was a proud moment for all of us. He was desperate to play for his country.” “He is a young player who came through the ranks here and I think everybody at the club saw what it means for somebody to make their international debut in a packed stadium.”
“It was against top-class opposition and that is what any player is trying to achieve.” “The nature of this game is such that it is now a high period for him.” “He will have down periods as well, when some of the shots now going in the back of the net go wide.”
“Even Alan Shearer went through barren periods.” “I just want to see Andy keep his feet on the ground and give a real contribution to the team. That is where he has developed – his general all- round game and what he gives to the team is better.”
And we well remember when Alan was going througn a barren spell, it was all over the newspapers, so Andy can look forward to that too, if his goals start to dry up – which they will during the barren periods that all strikers have.
It was a truly proud moment for Newcastle fans to see Andy in a full England shirt, and especially when he was England’s best player in that first half, and the London fans seemed to take to the lad too, despite his off the field behavior, which of course the gossip press just couldn’t get enough of.
Andy is not just an exciting young prospect for Newcastle fans, but also for England fans, and he will get lots of publicity for what he will be doing in the weeks and months ahead.
Let’s all hope that news is only about him playing well for the Newcastle side, and banging in those goals – because after all – that’s his number one job.