Just How Good Can Carroll Become – Very Very Good


We were impressed with Andy Carroll when he scored his opportunistic goal at Bolton, because  he went for the ball to get it quickly back to the center circle.

Andy Carroll – this lad is still improving – fast

And when he was turning to run back, he gave a quick wave to the fans, as if to say – cannot spend too much time on that goal – we’re still 3-1 down.

Such was the obvious thinking of Andy Carroll that Newcastle still could get back in the game, and it’s little things like this that make us feel that Carroll could become so much better than he is now – and make no mistake this lad is already good. Just how good can he become – very very good.

It was that focus on getting goals that we were impressed with on Saturday, even though Newcastle had just gone 3-0 down, and Andy looked the best player on the field for Newcastle, although on Saturday that wasn’t saying too much, as it was a very bad day at the office for the Magpies.

Andy so far has 30 goals in 86 appearances for Newcastle, and that’s not a bad goals to games ratio, but it’s likely to get better this season.

As a comparison, the great Alan Shearer scored 206 goals in 404 appearances for Newcastle, which is around  0.52 goals per game and Andy is averaging around 0.35 goals game right now.

Chris Hughton thinks that Andy is continuing to improve, as he told Evening Chronicle today:

“To get that amount of goals in the Premier League is a tough ask.” “For somebody as young as him it’s about still learning, which he’ll continue to do.”

“He’s doing really well and we’re hoping that he can keep it up.” “He will have dips, like any player, but that is part of the parcel in football.”

And Hughton has drummed into all the players at Newcastle that they have to only concentrate on the next game, whatever happened last time out, and Carroll certainly stuck to his task on Saturday, during  and day for the side.

Chris continued:

“It wasn’t much of a consolation, but it’s great for Andy to be the top English scorer in the Premier League.”

“It shows the progress he’s making.” “There’s always something to chase in a game and that’s what he did at Bolton.”

Carroll hopefully will be up against John Terry on Sunday against Chelsea, and we look forward to seeing just how well he can play against the experienced England International.

Andy is hardly fazed by the big games, and it didn’t surprise us too much that he played well for England last Wednesday, since he was always a star when playing for the England U21 side, and he has that in-built self confidence in his play.

Chris may want to test the central defense at Chelsea, which has been so poor in the last few games, and with our two big local lads, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi up front,  they could cause havoc for the Chelsea defense.

Let’s hope they cause havoc for the Chelsea defense.

With getting just a single point from our last three league games, we have to start picking up those points and get out of our recent slump, and the lads must do that on Sunday, even though the Premier League Champions are the visitors.

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Terry is definitely out for this game…he’ll be up against ivanovic and alex

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  • Toonkistan

    Nov 23, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    oh & 1st… infact 2nd too 🙂

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  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Why didn’t you go for the triple Toonkist?

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  • DrunkenSteve

    Nov 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Good News

    According to Sky News the following are injured or being rested:

    Alex, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Yuri Zhirkov, Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka.

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  • will190780

    Nov 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets hope he doesn’t get disheartened by poor performances around him. Whats happening at the club recently is something akin to 28 days later everyone getting the rage…

    Hurry back Tiote and Barton and lets hope our new centerback pairing hit the ground running as well.

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  • Sav

    Nov 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    And I hope Ferguson is at least on the bench because as someone else pointed out, Jonas has been ineffective lately, falling over, failing to keep the ball and poor crosses and what he needs is some competition. Shane Ferguson can provide that and hopefully some Bartoneque crosses for Shola and Carroll

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  • Thump

    Nov 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    @Will: I hope they don’t hit the ground running – it often ends up in falling over.

    Let’s just hope they start running at 60mph though 😉

    As for Jonas, his best crosses are usually into an empty box. The amount of times I’ve seen his crosses go in and thought “Christ if only Carroll wasn’t still in the defensive third…”

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