Once of the greatest center-forwards England has ever produced is a lad born and bred in Gosforth – Alan Shearer.
Andy Carroll – doing great this season
And you may not agree with that view, but with Alan, it’s very hard to argue with the man’s record in football – which is just unbelievable.
The now 40 year-old played 733 first class games and scored 379 goals.
For Newcastle he played 404 games and scored 206 goals, a record, and for Blackburn Rovers he made 171 appearances and scored an amazing 130 goals.
And Alan has more Premier League goals than anybody else, with 260, and former Newcastle striker Andy Cole is second with 187 and Frenchman Thierry Henry third on 174.
So you may not be an Alan Shearer fan, but his record speaks for itself, and of course he appeared 63 times for England, ended up as captain, and scored 30 International goals.
And unlike some of our current top players in England, as witnessed during the summer World Cup, he didn’t freeze with fear in the big games.
Alan has been talking about another potential great Newcastle number 9 today – Andy Carroll, and Alan is surprised the Gateshead-born lad has come on so quickly this year.
This is what Aland told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“At the start of the season I would have said it was too early for an England call-up, but you can’t ignore the goals he has scored and the way he has played,”
“He scares defenders. I watched him against Liverpool and he absolutely battered their center-backs.” “They aren’t top-four defenders, but they are good Premier League players and he battered them into submission.”
“He scored his third goal, when he turned and there wasn’t a defender near him, because they didn’t want to go anywhere near him.” “He has battered them all game and they had had enough.”
“I wasn’t scared of a physical tussle and he loves it. I always used to say to a defender if you want to take me on physically, bring it on, I loved it.” “I’d take it all day – come and fight me if you like. You can see Andy doing the same thing.”
“He is winning those fights and he is getting goals because of it.” “I worked with him for eight weeks and despite what has happened to him off the pitch, he is a nice, genuine kid.”
“He wants to do well and he wants to learn and that’s half the battle.” “He has got into some skirmishes, but when it comes to football he is a sensible kid.”
“He has got a real chance of becoming a star. At times this season, he has rescued Newcastle on his own, which is great.” “That’s what you want from your Newcastle number nine.”
Carroll seems to be handling the press coverage he is getting – and it’s every single day – very well, and he has always said he just wants to play well and score goals for Newcastle.
That single-minded approach is what the great players have, and they know very well that the adoration they get has to be taken with a large pinch of salt, and the only thing they should be concentrating on is what made them both famous and great – keep playing good football and never ever get carried away by your own headlines.
We’ve been very impressed with Andy this season, and yes – we know he’s had some dicey things go on in his personal life – but there are definite signs he knows just exactly what he has to do to become a really great player.
We just cannot wait to see this boy improve even further at Newcastle, and yes, he may even get somewhere close to what Alan was in his career – a world-class striker if ever we saw one – and completely dedicated to Newcastle United.