Joe Kinnear has challenged the Newcastle United youngsters to seize their chance in the midst of the club’s mounting injury problems troubles – just like he did when he was offered the interim manger position at NewcastlUnited, and took it after thinking about it for less than a second – and without even asking what the wages would be.
Kazenga LuaLua – could get chance in midfield
In fact there’s a good littel clip on Sky Sports, which shows Joe talking about the chance he was offered at Newcastle – and he says something like – “manage a fantastic football club like Newcastle, I jumped at the chance.”
So we all know that Joe is both honored and delighted to be at Newcastle, and that has to filter down to his players, who have shown in almost every game that they will fight for the Newcastle cause.
Even the disaster against Liverpool, wasn’t through any lack of spirit or effort, we were just nowhere near good enough – which is another problem we need to solve.
Andy Carroll, David Edgar and Kazenga LuaLua have all been thrust into the first-team picture in recent weeks, and it’s up to them to take their chance when it’s offered, because if they don’t they will not make it at the club.
Indeed the way Sebastien Bassong took the opportunities when they offered are a good role model for the others.
We thought Andy Carroll did well on Saturday and the 6ft 3ins striker led the line in typically powerful fashion and he showed he has the makings of an excellent hold up man, as his flick-ons and hold-up play paved the way for several early offensives. He was great in the first half but sdisappered a bit in the second.
And Joe will give the youngstyer s their chance – through necessity – as his squad is being decimated by injures – we have 9 injuries right now to first team players at the club.
Joe said today:
“It’s a chance for some of the younger players to come in and it’s a great opportunity for them,” “You have to take these chances in football – just as I did when really when the Newcastle job came up.”“I’ll be telling the young lads that and it’s up to them to do the rest.” “Andy Carroll has done very well in the Reserves this season and we’re hoping he makes the step up, he’s certainly got ability.”
“LuaLua is another young player who has caught the eye for the Juniors and Reserves.” “The way things are with injuries these lads are going to be involved so we hope they make the most of it.”
Whenever Kazenha LuaLua has played in the first team he’s looked more than a decent player and since he’s just 18 years old, he could do well at Newcastle too.
And then of course we have a bevvy of other youngster like Hungarian Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Nile Ranger, Fraser Forsater, Tim Krul and others who are coming through nicely for the Reserves and the Youth team, with Tim currently out on loan at Carlisle.