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Carroll can give inspiration to the next generation

By Lee Ryder on Jul 20, 10 01:47 PM

Andy Carroll

It would appear that Chris Hughton has got it right again when it comes to his timing in giving the number 9 shirt to Andy Carroll.

Last season Hughton opted against giving the coveted shirt out in the aftermath of relegation to the Championship, with enough hype surrounding the freshly relegated Magpies in the second tier.

It was a brave decision, but at that time with Carroll on just three senior goals, it would have been too early to place so much expectation on his shoulders.

Some might say it's too early now.

But at 21 and as top scorer last season for a team that won the Championship title, if Hughton had have ducked out of giving Carroll the honour now, you have to ask when?

Carroll himself was inspired by Shearer the player and admits as his hero, he always aimed high to emulate him.

Now it will be up to Carroll to inspire the next generation, starting already with teenager Phil Airey, who has tried the reserve team number 9 on for size and impressed.

It can only be healthy for any club to have quality youngsters coming through the ranks, and while there's been plenty of mistakes made elsewhere at Newcastle in the last few years, the Academy continues to attempt to produce fresh young talent.

And if they're Geordies, then all the better.

Carroll goes into the season as a role model complete with that much desired shirt, and he'll have the whole of Tyneside behind him as he looks to live up to the legendary shirt.

10 Comments

Terry Tibbs said:

"Carroll goes in to the season as a role model"? For what? How to put a team mate out for the season or how to find yourself before a judge following a night out? Just the sort of role model the kids at NUFC need eh Lee? Im not saying he's not done well in leading the line etc but I think your choice of words are a bit suspect that's all.
On the football he deserves the shirt & circumstances permiting I think he'll more than hold his own in the PL, in fact he should have had the No9 last season but maybe the boss wasn't 100% when it came to Andy.
Anyway good luck to the kid, now we just need someone to play alongside him who knows where the net is.

LN2MAG said:

I agree with the first comment, he has proved his worth as striker and probably deserves the No9 shirt, but he is hardly a role model is he? He needs to buckle down, keep out a trouble and wear the shirt with pride and honour from now on and keep well out of trouble. Shearer was hard as nails on the pitch but an angel off it (apart from a cerain incident in Dublin)! and thats the way it should be.

toongoneagain said:

I hope he turns into a good role model but at the moment he's still a lad coming of age making a few mistakes. I hope CH sticks with PL as partner for the younger lad, no changes except for injuries... 'Go for it Andy and don't look back!'

DormAnt said:

Apparently, according to the Daily Mirror, he's also had a set to on the training ground with Charles Insomnia in the past.

A role model, no, not yet, but if Joey Barton can change (as some on here insist he can) and become an acceptable and respected member of the first team, then there is indeed hope for young Carroll.

In the final analysis, the better he becomes at his chosen job, the more successful we will become as a PL team, and in Europe too I hope.

As others have said on here though, he will need a good quality partner to share the load, or he could crumble under the pressure of unrealistic expectations.

belter99 said:

just a quick word to the other comments 'don't believe everything you read in the papers' (as stated by stephen taylor).
We are in an era at the toon when what is written in the national paper doesn't really matter anymore which is really refreshing and Hughton is to thank for this. Hughton is the one we have got to thank for getting the best out of caroll too by getting him and the rest of the team solely focusd on the football.

In Hughton we trust

belter99 said:

just a quick word to the other comments 'don't believe everything you read in the papers' (as stated by stephen taylor).
We are in an era at the toon when what is written in the national paper doesn't really matter anymore which is really refreshing and Hughton is to thank for this. Hughton is the one we have got to thank for getting the best out of caroll too by getting him and the rest of the team solely focusd on the football.

In Hughton we trust

Geordie Lee said:

Belter - I always take what I read in the papers with a pinch of salt, but the incidents Carroll has been involved in were all true (just as they were for Barton, Dyer, Shepherd, etc). Any libel would be jumped on by player, agent and club, and I don't see us taking any papers to court.

Sport, in particular football, is one of the few areas that the tabloid media covers well, because there's always someone willing to give you the inside story!

captnkidd said:

So the lad made some mistakes so what wo hasn't if he has learned from them thats OK, if he hasn't get shot. For now though give him the benefit and get off his back.

As for him having the number nine any other suggestions ? No I thought not, the only show in town springs to mind.

Lets also not have the rubbish about the number nine shirt being retired with that philosophy Shearer wouldnever have had the cance to wear it would he, it would have been retired long ago .
the captain HWTL.

AshingtonStu said:

I personally believe we have one of the best crops of young talent that we have had in a long time. LuaLua has plenty of potential, and will actually run at defenders, which only Routledge seems to do.
Kadar, of course looks solid, but we need to keep hold of him, and not let go on the cheap, as with David Edgar, who I believe had a lot to give for the club. Adjei and Vuckic appear to have superb touch on the ball, and of course we have our forgotten man Fabio Zamblera.
Next season could be an exciting year for our set of young guns.

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