Andy Carroll has been speaking to the club’s official match-day program, which came out before Sunday’s game with Chelsea, in which the lads earned a very creditable draw.
Andy Carroll – I’ve been pleased with my form – Chris looks on
Carroll has said he has been pleased with his form so far this season – he has 9 goals in first 15 Premier League games – but he says he’s owes it all to his team-mates:
“With the team around me and with the lads that we’ve got here, we’ve just bonded and we know how each other play the game,”
“We formed a bond last season and we learned a lot about each other and we’ve kept that going in the Premier League.”
“I feel like I’ve been playing well, and I’m scoring a few goals as well as creating a few, so I’m happy with my form at the moment. But it’s all about the players around me.”
“They’re the ones that are creating the chances for me, and they are the ones that are helping me this season.”
“Everyone is in it together at Newcastle and the lads have been fantastic.”
That bonding has certainly been there for everybody to see since Chris Hughton took over in July of last year, and that’s what we love the most about this set of lads we have at the club at the moment.
Gone are the prima donnas, who seemed to care more about themselves and their pay packet than the club, and they left last summer, and we’ve hardly missed them at all.
In fact, we haven’t missed them at all.
The team spirit and the play when the lads are on form – like last Sunday – is very reminiscent of the days when the great Bobby Robson was managing the club, and since we know Chris is a huge Bobby Robson fan, maybe he’s shaping the team around how Bobby played the game.
Certainly he’s like Bobby in that he ‘s never afraid to attack a a team away from home.
Now we’ll see if Chris can get the side to the dizzying heights that Bobby did, in his five year reign on Tyneside, which has turned out to be a magical five years, as he took over the side from Ruud Gullit when we were second bottom of the league.
It helped of course when we hammered the bottom side, Sheffield Wednesday 8-0, in Bobby first home game at Newcastle, and a certain Alan Shearer scored five – it did our goal difference the world of good.
Those were the days, and we are hoping – really hoping that those successful days are not too far away.
It looks like a stretch to suggest Chris can get anywhere close to what Bobby achieved, but when you look at what the Stratford-born manager has achieved in a short 16 months, he’s done very well, and we’ll have to see if he can take the club further, and hopefully into Europe in a year or so.
It will take some time, because there’s not the money available these days, and we’ll be relying on bringing our top youngsters through the club, but when they turn out like Andy Carroll has, you have to be just a little bit upbeat.
And when you look at youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger, Shane Ferguson, Tim Krul, Fraser Forster and Kazenga LuaLua to name but a few, we have a very good crop of youngsters and we could soon become a very decent side.