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Newcastle boss Hughton ponders handing Carroll No9 shirt

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is ready to hand Andy Carroll the coveted No9 shirt.

Just four players have worn the No 9 shirt during the Premier League era for United - Obafemi Martins, Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer.

And while Carroll, at 21, is still considered a raw talent, his 19-goal haul impressed Hughton and the Toon Army.

Speaking on the prospect of making Carroll No 9 next term, Hughton told the Evening Chronicle: "It has yet to be decided. But the type of character that Andy is tells me he wouldn't shy away from it if we hand it to him in July.

"He has got no fear and I think he would simply revel in the situation.

"He certainly will be a good candidate for it.

"When you look at the greats who've worn it, it can be a burden for others, but I honestly don't think it would be for Andy.

"He's not that type of character."

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