Alan Pardew has already witnessed the damage Andy Carroll can do to defenses, and Carroll seems to be doing that week in and week out to the opposition.
Andy Carroll – on England duty last month
And when he is successful, as he was against Liverpool on Saturday, with two assists and a great goal, he can also send the visiting managers into seeming madness.
Anybody who saw Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson after his side had conceded the second goal to Joey Barton can witness the effects Carroll can have on opposing managers.
That was the goal Joey Barton poked in, from an Andy Carroll headed flick-on, and also with help from Nile Ranger who harassed Slovakian Martin Skrtel into another mistake, and after that we all saw Roy mumbling (or was that grumbling) to himself.
The long ball form Joey Barton to Andy Carroll has given Newcastle lots of goals this season, including the first one last Saturday that captain Joey Barton put into the net first time, and made it look so easy – but it wasn’t.
Alan Pardew may want to vary that tactic a little, but surely we’ll still use that play – Liverpool knew exactly what was coming before Joey sent the ball in but they still could do nothing about it.
What we need now is somebody who can throw the ball long – like Stoke do – and further utilize Carroll’s heading ability and it’s little wonder Stoke wanted Andy last summer, but had to do with Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland instead for £8M (ouch!).
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“I think it’s something we’re looking at but the strengths Carroll has you have to underline,”
“If you put the ball in the box there’s not many defenders want to deal with him. If he gets the ball at his feet he’s not embarrassed about that either so he’s got a lot of tools but his main asset is his power and physical presence.”
“You wouldn’t have predicted the success that Andy’s had. He’s done terrific.” “Now he’s got into the England squad I want him to stay there and I’m sure he does.”
“He will have to work hard to do that.”
Andy Carroll has made a phenomenal rise to fame, and it’s all happened this year when he’s scored around 26 goals for Newcastle in all competitions.
We have to hope that Andy continue his rise, now that Chris Hughton has left the club, because Chris brought the lad through in great style, and it shows you how good a coach Chris is.