Carroll insists he has no idea what the pundits think of him this season.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "It will not bother me. I don't bother reading newspapers - I don't even watch Match of the Day.
"That way, I don't know what anybody is saying and I can get on with my job. I just go to training, train well and prepare for the next game and work with the manager - I just focus on the job.
"When Saturday or a match comes, I just look forward to playing football and scoring goals for the team. That has got me this far, so I probably will not change my preparations for matches."