Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has said today he may use striker at some stage in the Manchester United game on Saturday, and that is why he didn’t play for three Reserves against Liverpool on Monday night.
Andrew Carroll – give the youngster a start on Saturday
With both Viduka and Smith hardly impressive right now, we’d like to see Carroll start the game. But somehow we don’t think Keegan will go that far, but it’s obvious that Kevin has taken a liking to the 6’3′ powerful striker, born and bred in Gateshead.
Andrew is hardly fazed by playing against top players, as he showed in our pre-season friendly against Juventus, where he looked great, and scored a well taken goal against Italian International goalkeeper Buffon, who after the game admitted how impressed he was with the then 18 year old striker.
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œAndy didnâ€™t play on Monday because Iâ€™ve got him in the first-team squad and we didnâ€™t want him to get injured.â€
â€œHeâ€™s done very well â€“ I like him.â€
â€œHe gives us something different to what weâ€™ve got in the forward department.â€ â€œAnd thatâ€™s why heâ€™s involved.â€
We think Newcastle could do a lot worse than pair Carroll with Newcastle captain Michael Owen. Owen looks a better player completely since Kevin came in, and you have to think he’s full of confidence at the moment. He’s scored some typical Michael Owen opportunist goals lately.
Reserve team coach Adam Sadler also talked about Andy, one of the many young potential stars under the guidance of Adam:
â€œAndy has got four goals in four games since returning from Preston on loan and has been pushing for a first-team chance.â€
â€œIt would be great if he can do that at some stage.â€
Alan Smith has looked a second rate player these last few games, and since the Derby County game just before Christmas, when Mark scored two goals and looked great, but he hasn’t turned up in games since.
This would be a good message to our senior players too, that the youngsters will be given their chance â€“ if they are good enough.
What do you think?