As we said last week weâ€™d really like to see 19 year old Andy Carroll given a start for the first team, and Saturday seems to be as good a time as any.
Andy Carroll – deserves a chance right now in first team
His excellent performances in the Newcastle Reserves recently, along with his goal tally of 6 goals in 5 games surely should give him the nod over an out-of-form and goalless Alan Smith.
Carroll has been on the bench for several games under Keegan, and he has been given a few run outs. But he looks to be in great form right now, unlike our other strikers.
So weâ€™d like to see him not only in the squad for the game at Liverpool but participate in the game.
David Edgar has played with Andy a lot in the Reserves and this is what 20 year old David said about our up-and-coming England Under-19 striker:
â€œHe is the hardest player to play against. He was up against a Premiership player in Anthony Gardner and heâ€™s just bullied him, to be honest. He didnâ€™t lose a header and thatâ€™s Andy, every game and every training session. Heâ€™s doing very well.â€
â€œThe last two games we had to play without Andy for the reserves and he gives you that option to play long. Not route one football, but if you get it up to him he can bring it down and we can play off him.â€
â€œWe did that especially in the second half, whereas in the first half we werenâ€™t getting it down very well.” â€œIt was good to get a win at St Jamesâ€™ Park, even if it was only a reserve game.â€
Andrew was the outstanding player in the Reserves side’s 3-0 victory over Everton, so we’re hoping that will be enough to sway Kevin Keegan’s thinking, who was at the game on Monday night.
We are of the opinion that if they are good enough they are old enough and we think Andy could help us in a big way to avoid relegation.
Not only with his goal scoring ability, but he can also shake up opposition defenses, because of his excellent play in the air. At 6’3″ young Andy scares the life out of the opposition defenses.
What do you think? Should Kevin start Carroll?
Let us know – comments always welcome.