Pards - Carroll is our Tevez

Image: Carroll: Likened to Tevez

Alan Pardew believes Andy Carroll is as important to Newcastle as Carlos Tevez is to Manchester City.

Newcastle boss recognises importance of striker

Alan Pardew believes Andy Carroll is as important to Newcastle as Carlos Tevez is to Manchester City. Tevez is set to stay at Eastlands after withdrawing his transfer request at the end of a dramatic week and expressing his 'absolute commitment' to City. Carroll's future has also been the subject of speculation ahead of the January transfer window, although Pardew has made it clear he intends to keep all his top men. Carroll is such a vital figure at St James' Park that the Magpies manager can see similarities between the 21-year-old and Tevez. "The situations are different but, at the moment, I would say Andy is as important to this club as Carlos is to City," Pardew, whose Newcastle side face City on Boxing Day, said. "Carlitos is a more experienced player and offers great enthusiasm. His work-rate binds players, coaching staff and fans together. There's nothing better than a team-mate who does that. "Andy's done particularly well this year but that's only been a short period in the Premier League. There are a lot of hurdles for him still to overcome but, right now, in terms of his development as a player, that's going well. "Andy, like Carlos, also works really hard for the team and is a central point for the way we play and score goals. From that point of view, they are similar."

Easy to handle

Carroll has something of a bad-boy reputation, while Tevez is no stranger to controversy after causing outrage with his transfer request at City. However, Pardew managed Tevez at West Ham and insists the Argentine was a pleasure to work with. "They're both easy characters to handle. I always found Carlos to be no problem at West Ham," said Pardew. "It was difficult when he and Javier (Mascherano) first came because he wasn't fit and was just finding his feet in the Premier League. "Carlos went a lot of games at West Ham without scoring but was always going to be quality. "He was one of the few Argentines to go to Brazil and win the league. He was adored by the fans there, which is not easy for an Argentine. "Carlos then overcame some major hurdles when he came to West Ham but the problem we had with both players was that they hadn't trained and worked. "They were coming to a team that was well set - and the manner in which they came in probably upset one or two as they were taking their place. "It was difficult times for them and for me. But I really enjoyed working with them and it was obvious they had real talent."

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