Andy Carroll – one of the Premier League’s best players this season, also happens to be one of England’s youngest and brightest prospects. He’s notched up 11 league goals already this season, and has led from the front with a series of ferocious performances. As a result, it is little surprise that he’s caught the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Strong in the air, skilful on the ground, difficult to dispossess and impossible to out-muscle; Carroll has been a nuisance to defences all season. Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has gone as far as to put him “in the top three headers of a ball I have ever seen in football” – and let’s not forget just how long Keegan’s been around folks.
There’s been a lot made of problems in Carroll’s personal life, but this hasn’t stopped other Premier League clubs from showing their interest in the 21-year-old. Manchester City were thought to be interested but with Edin Dzeko set for a move to the Eastlands, such a move seems unlikely.
On the other hand, Tottenham haven’t been shy in professing their interest in the youngster. Newcastle United have reportedly rebuffed Spurs’ requests about the availability of Carroll and told club representatives that they would not consider any offer for the player.
It’s a tough stance, but a necessary one if Newcastle are to keep their man.
At this stage in his career, whilst he is still developing, I hope he opts to stay at Newcastle. He’s their most important player, leads the attack and has the support of arguably the best fan-base in the world. Despite problems in his personal life, if he keeps performing on the pitch, the Newcastle faithful will back him no matter what.
That might not be the case if he were to move to a bigger club. I’m not saying that Carroll doesn’t have the talent or ability to make it at a club like Manchester City or Chelsea. I want to see Carroll fulfil all his potential and I believe the best arena for him to do so is St. James’ Park. Why would you move from a team who is offering you opportunity after opportunity to a team where you wouldn’t automatically be first choice?
Newcastle may offer little in terms of chances to gain trophies and titles but they do offer the best chance for him to develop as a player. Success will come later in his career. At this stage the focus must be on making Andy Carroll into the best player possible.
Surely his future, at least in the short-term has to be with Newcastle?
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