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.