Both are tall, strong strikers capable of scoring goals. With questionable hairstyles.
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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he is an admirer of Andy Carroll but he insists the Newcastle striker needs to improve.
The Blues have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old Englishman, who has been compared to the powerful Didier Drogba.
Carroll’s form means he is also in line to be called up by England boss Fabio Capello for the forthcoming friendly against France at Wembley.
But while Ancelotti is a fan of the forward, he is adamant there is plenty of room for improvement before he can be considered on a level with the likes of Drogba.
Ancelotti said in The Sun: “Carroll is a very good striker. He’s young and has a chance, working hard, to arrive at the same level as Drogba.
“But they are different players. Drogba has more power and ability to score different kinds of goals, while Carroll is good in the air but has to improve.” (Sky Sports)
Andy Carroll has made quite an impression upon his return to the Premier League, and I’m not talking about his alleged discretions in the newspapers – orgies that turned out not to really be orgies, or drug fuelled parties that turned out not to have drugs anywhere near the players concerned.
Whilst he is clearly tabloid fodder at the moment, Carroll has actually been doing rather well on the pitch, and it is nice to see some column inches dedicated to that for a change.
Carroll has enormous potential. He is stronger, faster and so far this season appears a bigger goal threat than his rivals for the role of the big man up front – Carlton Cole, Peter Crouch and Kevin Davies. He is also much younger than any of that trio.
As Ancelotti says though, he has a lot of work to do to become as good as Didier Drogba. The Cote D’Ivoire player is one of the most feared strikers in the game, coupling strength, pace and movement with a powerful shot and finesse such as the ability to strike a beautiful free kick.
Still, he has shown enough talent to demonstrate that he could be a quality player at the highest level, and with a dearth of fit English forwards at present, is expected to be given his chance by Fabio Capello.
It is up to Andy Carroll to take it.