Saturday, April 21, 2007

Christmas for Carroll

Safe to say it's been a good week for Andy Carroll.

Having played a full half at Portsmouth on Saturday, coming on for the ineffective N'Zogbia and contributing to a much improved display after the break, our 18-year-old striker then bagged a fifteen minute hattrick in a 5-1 win for the reserves on Smogside on Tuesday - and on Thursday was rewarded for his promise with a new contract which runs through until 2011.

It'll be interesting to see how involved he is in the remaining games this season. This summer we're almost certain to add to our firepower, having drawn far too many blanks this time out, but the length of Carroll's contract suggests the management clearly see him as having a contribution to make.

Carroll's strike partner in the reserve match on Tuesday was another gangly local lad, Shola Ameobi, who marked his comeback from a long lay-off with a goal. After the game he revealed the seriousness of that injury: "I have had the problem for two years and it was career-threatening. I can say that now. But I never wanted to think about it as I wanted to get it right". Good to have him back - though tomorrow's game against Chelsea will come too soon for him, as it will for Michael Owen.

(A contrived title for this post, to be sure - let's just get the puns out of the way now, shall we?)


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