Newcastle boss Hughton: Carroll could be good enough for No9

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton can see Andy Carroll taking the No9 shirt at the Magpies long-term. Carroll struck twice for the Toon in their thumping of Cardiff City on Friday.

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton can see Andy Carroll taking the No9 shirt at the Magpies long-term.

Carroll struck twice for the Toon in their thumping of Cardiff City on Friday.

"Potentially, he is number nine material. He's a player who leads the line," said Hughton.

"In some ways, he's an old-fashioned centre-forward who has a prowess in the air, but he's still developing his game and he has to continue to do that.

"He has good football skills for a big man, but what he has to add to his game is goals, and he was able to do that."

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