Andy Carroll To Start Next Two Games For Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • HAMMY14

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1


  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    a bit pleased that he will be given a decent chance for the moment

    however, kinnear probably shouldn’t have said this as this might let carroll not work as hard in training if he already knows he will be starting, who knows i might be wrong, im just saying if.

  • Kash

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m not bothered who plays up top, who’s gonna play in bloody midfield?

  • Darling27

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    So much for Xisco then.

  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    kash,Kash, i think this could very well honestly be the line up

    given, taylor, colo,bassong, enrique,
    gutierrez at left, nzogbia i middle if he’s fit, geremi at holding midfield, lua lua if nzogbia isnt fit, and duff on the right, with owen and carroll up front. jonas at left if i missed that cuz the add is blocking my view

  • Ian

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    The last game he ran around like I would expect from a 20 year old for about 20 minutes, other games he ran like a lazy 40 year old, not sure about him but if he gets two games he has his chance, hope he gets his head straight and sorts himself out, got a feeling if he has one or two good games he will fancy himself as the next Shearer and lose his head again, would rather have seen Nile Ranger play and if he is better than Carroll, sell Carroll while some people think he may have something and make sure Nile Ranger keeps his feet on the ground.

  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    darling 27, the reason xisco wont play is that the staff find him as not very good and has a bad attitude problem as he refuesed to play for the rserves

  • HAMMY14

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Am glad he will be cus hes a lot more fresh than Viduka and Ameobi he did well against hull so am all for it.

  • TooKing

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    “No, I don’t think there has been an offer for Shay Given,” he said. —- HE being Mark Hughes.

    Good news.

  • Tom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    So we are looking at:


    Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique

    Duff, Geremi, N’Zogbia, Jonas

    Carroll, Owen

    No idea on the bench though, other than Harper, Edgar, Kadar and LuaLua.

  • Nick

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Would prefer Ranger and lua Lua.

    What happened to the Vargas loan deal ?

    From Vargas down to Ferguson what a joke.

    Wouldn’t mind any of Duff, Barton, Smith, Butt, Viduka, Geremi, Owen, even Shay going etc, if we used our good youngsters cleverly and added a bit of quality here and there, not bloody 32 year old, injury prone huge wages ferguson.

    Please get a new manager.

  • AO

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Scott Parker has gone to Man City for 12 million. Will be announced later tonight/early friday morning. They are paying well over the odds for average players and pushing up transfer fees for other clubs as they go.

  • Kash

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    I would play Colo in midfield and give Edgar the right back role. Playing Colo and Geremi should in theory allow Colo to sweep up Geremi’s gaffs, and allow Jonas and N’Zogbia to make the play with Carrol and Owen up top!

  • TooKing

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    C’mon Kash, Colo and Geremi in midfield ?? we’d be slaughtered.

  • Spyro

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15


    I agree


    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    i’d play Colo as DM

    & Xisco over Carrol
    Or maybe give Ranger a shot or Ameobi if fit or just about anyone really.
    Carrol’s big chance is reckon.

  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    @ nick y do we need a new manager thers nothing wrong with joe weve had so many managers thats why we are in the state we are in

  • Kash

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    We don’t have any creative CM’s, so our wingers are going to have to do the creating. In order to do that, we need both our CM’s to remain disciplined and cover the wingers. If we had Barton/Guthrie fit, then we’d play differently. But we don’t and needs must!

  • Mark S

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Taylor – Colo – Bassong – Enrique
    Jonas – Gerimi – Nzog (although Kinnear has questioned his strength in this position) – Duff
    Carrol/Xisco – Owen..

    Although I suspect JFK will ignore this and put colo in midfield..

  • Newby

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

    I reckon this might be Joe trying to get eyes on Carroll in the hope that the young lad can put in some good performances, and subsequently attract a buyer….he needs the cash! And now that he knows he cant get rid of Xisco, he will be looking to offload at least one of our many fringe strikers.

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Big chance for the lad.

    Grab it with both hands son.

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    AO-are they paying him that 100,000 a week aswell!? haha. absolutly fantastic if they are.

  • AO

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #23

    ross- i only know that he is definatly signing but it wouldnt surprise me.

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    AO-i agree with what you said regarding them boosting player values. I’ve said for a while with owners like them in the game all player value will eventually become void as they just slap an extra 10+ mil onto their targets pricetag and its a shame. Hilarious, yes when you see what they’re paying for players like Scotty P and Bridge, but damaging in the long run.


    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    you may have an excellent point man.

  • Joe

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #26

    good to see carroll getting a chance, now take it carroll and get on that score sheet

  • The optimist

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #27

    such a shame oba isnt fit. oba carrol and owen would terrorise west ham. hope they have sold parker, hopefully sell a few more before the weekend.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Who’s job is Bellamy – that bugger will give we a hard time!!!

  • StevieA

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Not a goal scorer.. just a target man (barely)

    Sorry lads never rated the lad that highly. Looked good in a pre-season game against Juventus once I think.

    Bring on Donaldson for the love of god!

  • Paul141726

    Jan 8, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s time for Carroll to show up. We’ve been told about his potential, now let’s see it. Whether it’s JK putting him in the shop window for others to see or just because we are so short of healthy strikers let’s see what he’s got!

  • Brettoon

    Jan 8, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Nile Ranger or Xisco please.. Not Andy Carroll..

  • Toontastic

    Jan 8, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #32

    My team against wast ham


  • Auschas

    Jan 8, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Do we get any sort of sign on fee from West Ham as they sold him at a massive profit?

  • bruTOOOON

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Give Caroll a chance in this 2 games. i dont mind nicky butt not playing because its a good news for us. Geremi can easily replace butt. Geremi and Guthrie in the CM.

  • d34ki

    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #35

    i do prefer carroll than xisco or viduka, he’s still young, energetic, and still have a lot to prove, we’ll see, just give him chances to prove

  • peter

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #36

    im sorry,nile ranger is way better than carrol,i seen most of the reserve games this season,and hes a real talent,hes got about 18 goals now for under 18 and reserves,hes only 17 but he already proved hes a natural goalscorer,cmon joe give him a chance.

  • shaun

    Jan 11, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #37

    ranger! new shearer! go to youtube and whatch his wigan goal sheer class


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