Andy Carroll has confessed to nerves about his trip to St James’ Park on the weekend, saying:
“I don’t usually get nervous but this might be a bit different.
“All of my family and friends will be there but they’re so big on football I’m not sure who they’ll be supporting.
“It’s great to see Newcastle doing so well. I support them, was brought up there and was lucky enough to have played for them. They will always mean something.“
Of course the circumstances of Carroll’s departure have been the subject of much debate, although Derek Llambias’s comments of a few months ago shed some light on the situation. Yes, he did put in a transfer request but it seems his hand was somewhat forced and he may not be the ‘Judas’ that many make him out to be. I wonder what sort of response he’ll get from the Toon Army?
That’s assuming he plays of course. His spell at Liverpool has been disappointing and the rumour – or possibly hope? – amongst a lot of Liverpool fans is that he’s moved on in the summer. I read an article on a Liverpool fan site recently (I forget which one) suggesting they should offer cash & Carroll for Demba Ba!
Meanwhile Alan Shearer has his doubts about us securing a Champions League finish this year. Shearer said:
“If Newcastle don’t win another game between now and the end of the season, then they’ve had a great year.
“They’re in sixth position now challenging Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. I don’t think they’ll get into the top four but they have exceeded everyone’s expectations. Great credit must go to Alan Pardew for the way he’s managed his team.
“They’ve played football, they’ve scored goals and entertained people. Long may that continue. I really hope they push on, spend some money in the summer, and who knows what will happen at Newcastle.“
I think he’s probably right, although Spurs will have to regain some form if they want to make sure of things. They’re currently without a win in 5 and both us and Chelsea are breathing down their neck just 5 points behind.
One game at a time as they say and we need 3 points from our home game against Liverpool first. Our record against them isn’t too brilliant and I think it will be a hard game but I think we have the wherewithal to beat them this time around.