We don’t think Andy Carroll will get his second straight start tomorrow afternoon but we were pleased with the shift the big man put in.
While Carroll didn’t threaten Sheffield United, his overall performance was commendable and his commitment to Newcastle is unquestioned.
Carroll showed his dominance in the air as he consistently won the ball up the pitch. He even tried to get the ball to his teammates with some flick-ons. That worked wonders on the second goal when Jonjo Shelvey anticipated what Andy was going to try to do on the long ball from Paul Dummett.
It was a wonderful play, despite the ensuing controversy, and is an apt example of what Andy can bring to this team.
However, that’s just one aspect of the Geordie’s game that Newcastle can benefit from. He was outstanding defensively and was like an extra defender when Newcastle were under pressure.
At some point this season, we’re hopefully going to witness Andy’s aerial prowess in the box. There are not many strikers in this league that can head a ball like big Andy.
While he didn’t get that opportunity at Sheffield, the more time he gets on the pitch, the better the chance of a bullet header into the back of the net.
Former Leeds striker and current BBC commenter Noel Whelan has also heaped praise on the thirty-year-old after his performance on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, this is what Whelan had to say about Andy:
“He’s a great weapon for the football club to have.”
“There are not many players like him these days in the Premier League, he is going to cause a completely different kind of problem for defenders and teams when it comes to set-pieces and balls from wide areas.
“If you can keep him fit, you’ve got a strong all-round center-forward on your hands which I’m pretty sure most center-halves these days would hate to play against.”
Whelan brings up a significant point about Carroll being a rare commodity in modern football. He’s an old-fashioned center-forward that there just aren’t too many of these days.
He’s a player who can wreak havoc in the box, and many defenders these days just aren’t used to battling someone like Andy Carroll.
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