The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal have all made enquiries about the 21 year-old Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.
Andy Carroll – in action for England against France recently
Many pundits believe that a £20M bid would be enough to tempt Mike Ashley to part with his brilliant local striker, but Mike himself has said recently there’s no way he wants to let Andy leave Newcastle.
And we have to hope that’s true, because these days we have to make our own £20M players, and the last thing we want to do when the club had done that – is to sell them.
Well – not if we are trying to build a good side on Tyneside, which we have to assume is the goal over the next season or two, as we bring through some of our top youngsters.
This is what Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said today about Andy and the fact some some big clubs are now presumably after him:
“Firstly, any mention of Andy being associated with a ‘big’ club is testament to what he is doing for Newcastle United,” “This club have no thoughts at all of him going anywhere else. We see him very much here for the future, but what we can’t do is stop any speculation.”
“I’m very, very confident that we won’t be selling him in January. I know we won’t.” “It’s probably a testament to how well he is doing. But I think this is the best place for him to develop.”
“He’s made some mistakes – we’re aware of that – but he’s comfortable here, he’s comfortable with this group of players, and this is the best place for him.” “I see Andy as a really important part of the structure of this football club moving forward.”
“It is a lot to put on his shoulders to say the club would be built around him but he’s got a big role to play.” “That is because of his age, his position, the long-term contract that he’s signed and the position he plays.”
Andy has said some good things in recent days about the fact he’ll stay out of trouble, and England manager Fabio Capello had a long talk with him before the France game a couple of weeks back, and Andy seems to have taken it all in – we hope Andy has taken it all in.
And Andy certainly doesn’t seem to be getting too big for his boots either, as last week at Bolton he was still Newcastle’s best player, after making his debut for England the previous Wednesday, and Andy scored a great opportunist goal – with his right foot – and now has 8 PL goals in just 14 league games.
The 21 year-old – he turns 22 in early January – seems very grounded and concentrating completely on his football career, and how he plays for the famous Newcastle United club – and that’s just great to see.
“There has been absolutely no change in him,”
“Regardless of any problems he’s had, Andy is a very down to earth. There aren’t too many airs and graces about him. He has ignored everything that has gone on around him and just got on with the job.”
“So no, I haven’t seen any difference in him. That’s probably down to the fact he’s playing very well at the moment with his football.”
Of course the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has had a lot to do with bringing Andy Carroll on at the club, and he also has other youngsters he’s bringing through on Tyneside.
Those include 19 year-old Nike Ranger, 20 year-old Tamas Kadar and 18 year-old Haris Vuckic – to name but three – and those three lads should take heed of what Andy has done these past 18 months – and listen very closely to what Chris Hughton has to say.
It seems there’s gold in them there words.
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