Alan Pardew Marvels At Andy Carroll’s Terrific Success


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.

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10 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I can see Big Lad getting 20+ goals a season for many years to come, as long as he gets the service, he’ll follow in wor Shearers football boots no problem 🙂

    Last week he also showed doubters that he’s also able to crack a shot from outside the box, which was Shearers gift too… there aren’t many strikers in the game these days that can score using their head & both feet, Carroll seems to be one of them & will grow in stature the longer he’s playing….

    Is he as good as Shearer was at his age, I’d have to say no but he will be as good as Shearer was one day & I hope that he stays at the toon, no matter the fantastic offers he’ll be tempted with in years to come!!!

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  • Chris F

    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    captain kevin nolan, you mean, Ed? 🙂

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  • dublin mag steve

    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    im just glad hes a geordie , that surely gives us a good chance of keeping hold of the best young striker in the premier league once those couple of goones that are ruining sorry meant to say running the club dont keep popping up with surprises cos that would test even the most loyal geordie nerves. i would like to add pardew must convince tayls this is the club for him if he walks on a free it will be a travesty.

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  • spanishtoon

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew seems to be pretty straight down the line….but whne does a manager start to become a bit well deluded?

    Wenger Blames Wind Direction for Defeat
    http://wp.me/p1cykJ-4r

    In a further devlopment, a friend of mine who is a football photographer has been told there is a big buy out to be announced after christmas…probably total tosh but all food for thought!!

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Spanishtoon – Big buy out where? Real, Barca, Manc USa, Toon ????

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Didier Domi

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  • leedodd

    Dec 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Lets Just Hope Andy Keeps Himself out of trouble and Moves On Now he is Free from Court Cases .

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  • lewman

    Dec 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    slb, hopefully carroll doesnt have shearers injury problems and then he can maybe become an even better player although if shearer had stayed injury free then i am sure we would have won something and maybe even england with big al being recognised as the greatest ever english player andall time op goalscorer, but his legs went and he was still one of the best strikers in the pl getting one or two goals less than henry and van nistelroy a season

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  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Lewman I think you will find that injury is just part and parcel of football especially when you talk about forwards.

    Shearer was not prone to injury in his early days but the none stop battering he took from defenders and in no little part the none stop battering he dished out to defenders is what brought about the injuries.

    Carroll will suffer the very same fate because of his style of play, he is a very physical player and as such will give and take a lot of punishment it will all go to take its collective toll on his body and that will end up in injuries.

    The best hope is that Andy is a naturally resilient person and the injuries come late on in his playing career.

    But come they will of that there is no doubt.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 17, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I maybe should have added that the more successful a goal scorer you are the more you have the potential to be injured as the less skilful enforcer/defender will try to be even more vigorous in their attempts to stop you whenever they can.

    They will put a little bit / leave a little bit more in every tackle at every opportunity in an effort to reduce your effectiveness.

    Andy already intimidates defences and he is just a youngster in his first season, there are plenty of big defenders out there who will like the idea of having him in their pocket and to do that they will have to physically subdue him, so you get the picture.

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