Good news for 20 year-old Gateshead-born striker Andy Carroll today, as Joe Kinnear has said the 6’3″ hit man will start the next two home games for Newcastle against West Ham on Saturday, and against Hull City in the 3rd round replay the following Wednesday.
Andy Carroll – will start next two games for Magpies
So Andy will no doubt be looking forward to his home debut for Newcastle on Saturday, and let’s hope Matthew Upson is fit for West Ham, because we don’t think Upson will like the physical play or heading ability of Andy, and Joe’s probably already told him that.
We saw a game when Sunderland played West Ham last season and Upson just couldn’t handle the heading ability or size of their impressive young striker Kenwyne Jones, who stands 6’2″ tall. Upson was continually beaten in the air and in that game Jones looked terrific – thanks to our England center-back, who was completely dominated physically by Kenwynne.
We think Andy can give Matthew a rough ride on Saturday – we hope Andy can give Matthew a rough ride on Saturday. 😀
Carroll got his first start of the season at Hull City last weekend and didn’t allow the opposing Tigers defense a moment’s rest with a typically powerful display leading the line, especially in the first 45 minutes. And Michael Owen seemed to play well with Andy alongside him.
Joe Kinnear told nufcTV today that his 6ft 4ins striker (he’s listed at 6’3″ but may still be growing) will start against the Hammers and again when Hull City come to Toon for Wednesday’s FA Cup replay.
Joe said today:
“Big Andy did very well at Hull and was always a handful,” .
“I was pleased for him as well because he’s worked extremely hard to get the opportunity.”
“And he will now start in the next two games.”
Carroll is yet to open his senior goal scoring account for his hometown club so Saturday would be a great time to start. He did beat Juventus goalkeeper Buffon with a lovely goal in pre-season last season when we played the Italian giants on Tyneside, but hasn’t scored in a competitive game for the club – yet.
This is a big chance for Andy, and he knows it, and he must grab this chance with both feet.