Give Andy Carroll a Chance On Saturday

As we said last week we’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 we’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:

“He is the hardest player to play against. He was up against a Premiership player in Anthony Gardner and he’s just bullied him, to be honest. He didn’t lose a header and that’s Andy, every game and every training session. He’s doing very well.”

“The 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.”

“We did that especially in the second half, whereas in the first half we weren’t getting it down very well.” “It was good to get a win at St James’ Park, even if it was only a reserve game.”

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.

18 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    nah saterday is not the right time for carroll i tink he will not get much opportunity until the end of the season, he is still young so its not a big problem

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes I’d play him alongside Martins and drop Owen. He is big and physical just like Edgar who was almost playing as a wingback at times on Monday and created Andy’s first goal. We need some of these passionate, fearless, 6ft 3ins kids in the side. Play Nzogbia left midfield, Carroll up front with Martins, Edgar central defence with Faye and Lua Lua in the middle and I think we would get a pleasant suprise !!

  • Eric

    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Of course Carroll should start. Kick out that has been Smith and start with Martins too. Owen is just not cutting it and is playing on his past history. Give Edgar a go in place of Taylor.

  • broon ale

    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    no he shouldnt start! blooding youngsters in games of such high importance can ruin them! If Viduka is fit he must start up front with either Owen or Martins. As it happens, i am not a big fan of Viduka simply due to his questionable attitide and questionable “injurys” but he starts every time ahead of Andy Carrol!
    Andy Carrol should come off the bench and try and make a impact.

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Broon Ale – not sure if Viduka will be fit for Saturday – he’s missed so many game this season – and this is such an important time for the club. Maybe he’s just too injury prone.
    Don’t think Kevin will start Andy – but surely he has to be better than Smith right now?
    And Andy always seems unfazed by it all – seems to take it all in his stride.

  • Obafan

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    He might deserve his chance upfront, but I simply think it is not the right time to do. We are in a big battle and we need to play the players who really can turn things around quickly. Perhaps Andy can do that, but I think the time to addapt to the EPL will cost him a few games and that could cost us vital points.

    I think Owen will make his mistakes from the Blackburn game undone next Saturday. I think he will score and then hope our defence is able to hold for a clean sheet. Or am I too positive right now 😉 ?

  • ToonNorway

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Why not I say, together with Martns up front. It’s not like any of us is expecting a win on Anfield against Liverpoo anyways….We have to score goals to be able to get something, and our defense is shit, and always gives up a couple of goals! My positive half says 2-2, like when Shearer and Speed scored many years ago, but my negative, and realistic side tells me it’s gonna be hell.

    Smith and Owen haven’t produced lately, and Martins has the pace, and Carrol has the hight, and the finishing skills we need! At least try something new on Anfield! Not just take it up the bum like we have been doing against the so called big four (except Chelsea) this year!

  • henry Wilt

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    What a ridiculous suggestion! Andy Carroll isn’t even Championship class nevermind Premier League class! You obvioulsy haven’t seen him play otherwise you wouldn’t have suggested this. And if you have seen him play then you obvioulsy have no clue about your subject matter. No pace, no first touch and no skill.

  • Obafan

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon Norway – Maybe you’re right, but I think KK will stick with his friends; Taylor; Smith; Butt and Barton (not possible on Saturday). First I thought it was postitive that Barton is suspended for Saturday, but afterwords I think KK will make this his team (not my choice)

    Beye – Faye – Taylor – Enrique
    Milner – Butt – Smith – Duff
    Owen – Martins

  • HeronMag

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d be happy with either Owen or Martins up front alongside Carroll. Smith just hasn’t lived up to his price tag so far. I’d like to see him in the reserve team and see how effective he is at that level. Something in me tells me he still wouldn’t score many!

  • Blerred

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Smith contributes absolutely nothing, and as for the people who say he should play because “he works hard” – isn’t that the least we should expect?

    Oba is too frustrating for the Anfield game as he regularly takes or 5 chances to score. Owen and Carroll would be my choice – it’s very very rare Owen will miss those chances he missed on Saturday and he has to be an automatic choice simply because none of our other forwards would’ve had the brain to get themselves into those positions like Owen did on Saturday. He’s very intelligent with his movement and I think that’s a side of his game which not enough people pay attnetion to. Owen thinks about his runs and where he will drag defender to, Oba just stands offside or in a position where it’s impossible to find him. I love watching Oba but I think he’s just not relaible enough to be a number one striker, although I hope KK’s style will bring the best out of him because he could be class!!

  • Ian

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen and Martins first, then bring on Carroll as a replacement for Owen at the 60 minute mark if we do not look like scoring, then do the same the following match, this way Owen stays fit and we try something different, we must not replace Martins and Martins must play from the start as even the Owen fans have to concede we are not scoring enough without Martins on the pitch, not just the strikers arent scoring but the rest of the team have stopped too, maybe they were feeding off Martins, or Martins was drawing away the defense, but there is an dramatic drop in goal scoring without him.

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    henry – it may surprise you but I have seen Andy play quite a few times. He looked threatening when he came on against Man United at St. James’ park and he made the goal for Faye. That’s the last goal we scored by the way.
    He certainly looked a lot better than our other forwards in that game.
    Also he played great against a certain Juventus team in pre-season when he scored a very good goal against Buffon. And after the game Buffon said what an excellent young player he thought Andy was.
    So it may be better than you give him credit for.
    It’s true that it may be risky given we have relegation problems and Kevin will probably stick with experience – but Andy seems unfazed by it all. We have only 3 goals in the last 8 league games – worth trying something different methinks – and current striker Smith hasn’t scored this season.
    We’ll see how he does in the future – proof of the pudding is in the eating. 😀

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Just a short comment to Damien Duff, you want to concentrate on you’re own problems mate never mind telling KK who you want to stay at the club. All the dribbling in the world is meaningless without end product !!

  • Ste

    Mar 6, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Come on Andy, maybe not a start on Saturday but defo a bench place, come on and get a consolation goal at the end! I tink he should get a few starts as the season ends, Viduka not doing it as we all know he once did, so why not bring in a big man who wants to play!

  • Whitt

    Mar 6, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    i really don’t think a 19 year old striker who couldn’t get a game in the Championship (while on loan at Preston) is going to scare the life out of a defense that is up against Inter next game…

  • Hugh Gallagher

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Henry is right. Carroll is pants. I’ve seen him play for the reserves on several ocassions and his first touch is awful. If he can’t score in the Championship with Preston how, all of a sudden, can he be Premier League class?
    A naive post at best.
    Secondly, Pele was asked by an English journo after the world cup in 2002 if he thought Nicky Butt was the player of the tournament. He said he was! I wonder what Pele would have said if the same thing was suggested by a French, Italian or German journo about one of their players? Buffon was asked the question because the lumbering oaf clattered him. Come on let’s think about things seriously before posting instead of suggesting such tripe.

  • scott9

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #18

    we keep saying this but it aint gonna happen keegan loves smith


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