Andy Carroll will be a real handful for the Newcastle defense, if he makes the Liverpool game against Newcastle on Sunday.
Andy Carroll – in training at Liverpool
Andy has a knee injury and it seems touch and go if he will make the game on Sunday at Anfield.
And former team-mate Peter Lovenkrands has today waxed lyrical about the 22 year-old local 6’4″ striker, born and bred in Gateshead, for his time at the Newcastle club,
Andy of course rose through the ranks at the famous Newcastle Academy, to become an England U19 and U21 youth player, and then finally a full England International center-forward last November.
Danish International Peter Lovenkrands told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“Andy will be a real handful to go up against if he plays – we knew that when he was in our team.”
“He was a fantastic asset for us – he’s so strong and one of the best in Europe.” “He’s shown that again at Liverpool and with England.”
“He’s a great player, and I really wish him the best, but I just hope he doesn’t score against us!” “It’ll be good to see him again.”
“But it’s up to us to stop him.”
Andy Carroll wasn’t only a power for the Newcastle side on the field of play, but he was an extremely well liked youngster in the dressing room, and of course, as a local lad, he knew all about Newcastle and their great history as a football club.
Of course that’s one reason it was a huge shock when he left for Liverpool in January, but it looks like the Newcastle players still admire the lad, both as a player and as a former popular team-mate.
One of Andy’s great strengths was always his mental toughness and he was not fazed at all on the field, by that was happening off it.
That’s a welcome change to some of England’s top players we saw seemingly scared stiff last summer in South Africa, at the FIFA World Cup finals, where the event seemed just too much for them to handle.
Andy’s mental toughness is only one reason he could turn out to be a top player for England for many years to come.
We’re kind of hoping Andy will not make the game on Sunday.