Andy Carroll Becoming A Nightmare For Defenses

It’s obvious that Andy Carroll is striking considerable fear into Newcastle’s opponents, and our goal on Sunday against Chelsea was due to Andy simply spooking the Chelsea defense.

Carroll and Ameobi – our two big local lads up front

When Alex got the ball at the back after just 6 minutes, the Brazilian defender was well aware Andy was somewhere close, and it forced him to try to play the ball back to goalkeeper Cech, and it became Andy’s 9th goal of the season.

Andy reacted to that chance like greased lightning, and Alex was well aware of the howler he had just committed.

Shola Ameobi, our other big local striker, has an excellent opportunity to forge a good partnership with Andy, and finally reach the heights he has achieved only briefly during his 10 years in the Newcastle first team.

Shola needs to bang in a few more goals when he’s playing with Andy, and he should be fine – he currently has 6 goals on the season.

Shola already seems a big fan of big Andy:

“He can’t stop scoring at the moment and it is no wonder everyone is talking about him. He is so hard to play against. You can see the fear in the faces of defenders when they are playing against him.”

“Even against a team as good as Chelsea, you could see their two center backs holding back. He is playing with a lot of confidence and he is frightening defenders every time he steps on to the pitch. I wouldn’t want to have to try and mark him for 90 minutes.

“It’s great for the team because it gives us a chance to link up with him. When the two of us have managed to do that we’ve caused problems, regardless of who we are playing against.”   “There isn’t anyone else like him at the moment. You could say Peter Crouch because of his height, but he’s not as powerful.”

“Andy is young and enthusiastic and he brings that to every single game he plays in. He gets all over the pitch. The truly frightening thing for the rest of the Premier League is he is only going to get better as well.”

Peter Crouch isn’t half the player that Carroll looks like he may become, and although Andy is around 4 inches shorter than Peter, he’s a much better header of the ball, and more lethal with his head too – when heading the ball that is. 😀

What Andy needs to do is to get that goal hungry drive that we saw in Alan Shearer, when every goal Alan scored was met with unlimited ecstasy – that’s what scoring should be all about.

But it seems to us that’s exactly the hunger Andy seems to be acquiring quickly,  as he’s scored 4 goals in his last 5 league games, and a lot of those goals were out of nothing.

Andy could be some player in a year or two – he could be really frightening – but he already is to opposing defenses.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed you cant rule out peter crouch so easily you have to look at his goal tally for england or anyother team he has played and he do score quite regularly

  • lewman

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    andy carroll has a much better all round game than peter crouch but crouch is a great finisher and has very good footwork for a tall lad but i would rather big andy as he is always putting the defensive work in, have you seen some of the sliding tackles hes put in this season and he is a lot better in the air in both attack and defence.

  • ardenTOON

    Dec 2, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    @toonkis : thats b’coz the bloke has played in more games and for england especially against crap opposition. AC is FASTER BETTER and STRONGER. If you offered a swap between both ARRY would grab your arm off

  • Moreno

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Shame our midfield dont give Andy better service on a whole. Some magical balls from Joey and Jonas is crossing well at the moment. The rest of the team need to work on putting balls into the box. especially Guthrie.

  • Spiderman92

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    If all this sudden transfer speculation is true about Adam Johnson , which i highly doubt it is , our team could look like this…

    Simpson S.Taylor Coloccini Enrique
    Tiote Barton
    Johnson Ben Arfa


  • lewman

    Dec 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    bit early to be coplaining about the quality of balls from guthrie after the injury he has just come back from. i seem to remember him being one of the most creative players we had last season.

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    At #1 You are spot on there, I don’t know what it is about Crouch he never appears to be in favour for either club or national side but his goals to time on the park ratio is second to none, he will always get you goals.

    As to what else he brings to the game is up for argument but you can never knock his goal scoring.

    Ardentoon it has nothing to do with the number of games he has played, Crouch is averaging better than a goal in every two games and that is even more impressive the more games he plays.

  • ardenTOON

    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #8

    point taken cupiddstunt, but who do you think will Arry prefer if he was given a choice

  • ardenTOON

    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #9

    and i’m implying that carroll will have made more of an impact if not goals than crouch when he plays a similar no. of games.


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