It seems that Alan Pardew sat down with Andy Carroll on Christmas day, to see how Andy felt about all the transfer speculation surrounding him.
Andy Carroll – only wants to play for Newcastle United
If Newcastle did make him available next month, then nearly all the top clubs would try to sign the lad, because he would be a bargain buy at even £20M – if only because his potential is so phenomenal.
It seems that Alan wanted to make sure that Andy did indeed want to stay with his local club, and this is what Alan said today:
“I spoke to him on Christmas Day about the speculation. He is fine with it.”
“He understands he has got a lot of learning to do and I think the most important thing is he wants to play for Newcastle.”
“I said to him: “I do not want to talk for you. We are talking together. It is important you want to stay and if you do, that is great news for us.”
“Because we will make sure he stays.” “That was the case he put to me, and that is why I am so confident there will be no problem in January, and hopefully the summer, the January after that, the summer after that and so on!”
“I have been fortunate enough to manage some very good strikers. I will just be giving Andy Carroll titbits what I have learned from them, stuff that I think works well for him.”
“He does a lot of things very very well. That is why he is such a target for other managers. What he does do well, he does very very well and if he can improve the other side to his game, link up play, movement, he is gong to be a top top player.”
Andy had another excellent game on Boxing Day, and it seems even that the lad is inspired to wear the famous number 9 shirt of Newcastle, and of course we hear he is very very keen to learn all he can, and become a better player.
So far Andy has done very well with all the publicity he has revived as he has burst onto the scene in the Premier League, and as long a she keeps his feet on the ground and curbs his off-the-field antics, then he’ll do just fine – in fact he’ll do great!
And Carroll would be a big player this afternoon at White Hart Lane, when again the opposition will be firm favorites to beat Newcastle, but if the lads can cut out the daft mistakes we seem to keep making, Newcastle could get a point.
“I don’t suppose Harry will be underestimating Andy Carroll in any shape or form,” “They’ll be working on stopping us, just as we’ll be working on stopping them.”
“But the most important thing is that we don’t get despondent about Sunday.”
“I don’t have to tell them that the first phase of the game cost them – they know that. So put that part of it right, don’t put the ball at risk as much as we do, and we’ll win games.”
Obviously after the disastrous start to the game we made on Boxing Day, then the first 30 minutes tonight will be important, but unfortunately it’s hardly a good time to meet a Spurs side who are in top form.
But if Newcastle can find some of that tremendous spirit they have shown so many times this season, maybe Newcastle can even get a shock result tonight and win.