Carroll – Owen (Martins) Pairing Looks Good For Future

Joe Kinnear has today backed our exciting young 20 year-old striker, Andy Carroll, to pick up where he left off against West Ham in tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round replay with Hull City at St. James’, and another goal from Andy and he will again be the Toast of the Toon.


Andy Carroll – enjoying scoring on Saturday as the crowd goes wild

The Gateshead-born striker scored his first senior gaol and therefore his first Premier League goal against West Ham on Saturday when he easily beat England International defender Matthew Upson to the high cross from the left.

Newcastle have been without more experienced strikers such as Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins and Alan Smith but feels Carroll’s physical presence has been a major boost for his injury-hit side – and surely Carroll is the future at Newcastle.

Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I definitely think there is more to come from Andy Carroll.” “He’s done very well so far and has already got his first goal in only his third start.”

“Andy created a lot of chances when he started at Hull in the FA Cup game at their place.”

“And he has followed that up with a great header at St James’s Park at the famous Gallowgate end, which must be a dream for him being a Geordie.”

“Having just turned 20, there is hopefully plenty more to come from him.”

The England Under-19 international admitted on Saturday night that he is currently living the dream of a Geordie boy, as he plays  alongside England star Michael Owen, who has already said he is helping Andy in his progress at Newcastle – another reasson we should be keeping Michael at the club.  Andy should take a leaf out of Emile Heskey’s book and it wouldn’t suprise us if he trunes into an excellent partner for Michael Owen – or Oba Martins, who has already said he loves playing alongside Andy.

And Kinnear admits Owen’s influence can only help to nurture the tall 6’4″ striker as he continued:

“Playing up front with Michael will do him the world of good.”“It’s an excellent experience for any young player, and he is in a fantastic position to learn his trade from one of the best strikers in the world.”

“To get his goal was brilliant and what he is going through is all part of the growing up process.”

“To be honest, my initial instinct was that we would get the best out of Andy from pairing him alongside Michael.”

“But I think Andy is also having a positive effect on Michael.”

“He is a big, tall forward and, while Michael has scored goals no matter who he has played with in the past, Andy’s presence is a real plus.”

Owen took his goals for the season to 10 against West Ham and he was so unlucky not to get the gaols when he brilliantly left Collins for dead, and his cross shot, that initially looked like it was going in, agonizingly veered a little off course and finally hit the post – ouch.

Michael is still a great striker – whatever anybody else says, and he’s looked quite quick these days too. He’s always going to score goals as long as we can keep him fit, and we’
d love to keep him on Tyneside too.

Kinnear added:

“Michael is looking extremely sharp for us.”

“He took his goal in expert fashion and he played a major role for us again.”

Michael hit the post and then scored a good goal in the first 19 minutes and he’s certainly not letting the uncertainty about his future at Newcastle affect his form.

And that’s very good to see, but we just hope the players we’ll bring in during January, will convince Michael that our club is moving forward and he will stay on Tyneside.

But that’s getting to be a rather remote possibility – but still possible.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    i dont thnk will get many carrol-owen combinations unless carroll follows owen to mancity

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Good to hear from JFK that he recognises the young talent.

    Why not try a 4 – 3 -3 with Martins(when fit) Owen and Carroll??

    Could work.

  • Wilad

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Shall we calm down a bit about Carrolo – Don’t want the lad under too much pressure

  • Mark-o

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    He better be a quick learner as Owen will be away in July no matter who we bring in. Owen is a mercinary.
    The kid needs a long term mentor, like Ashton or bring Shearer in as a coach while he does his badges.
    Carroll looked decent against Hull and even better against west ham. Deserved MoM, but those tools at Collingwood insurance aint got a clue about football.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Mark0 – who got man of the match? Missed that one.

  • DanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Wilad – well said, he’s only scored one goal for god sake. I think he waste’s a lot of chance’s myself! C’mon Carroll lad!!!

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7


    Travail de son billet*:
    French whine list grows

    Further quotes from Charles N’Zogbia have appeared in the French press, restating his discontentment with life at United and claiming interest from a club back home:

    “There have been some changes at Newcastle recently. I have experienced six different managers in four years, and it is too much.

    “Every season is getting worse and worse despite the lofty goals of the club. I therefore decided to leave, to try to find better exposure.

    “I am waiting. They (Olympique Lyonnais) may actually have contacted my agent, but I did not get feedback.

    “What is certain is that Lyon is a good club. Whether they really want me remains to be seen. If Newcastle decided to keep me, I will stay. I will have no choice.”

    Quotes in a similar vein emerged last week, when the player claimed that Arsenal, Spurs and Aston Villa were
    all looking to sign him, prompting subsequent denials
    from messrs Wenger, Redknapp and O’Neill…..

    *working his ticket

  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8
  • Sir Erec

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    didnt jonas get man o match?

  • pdidy

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Owen will resign in the summer!
    I have to say I would like to see the 4 3 3 with Owen, Martins and Carroll

  • nufc1818

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone know when kinnears press conference is on ?

  • lesh

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Dan_Scott157 re Zog….

    If he wants to go that’s up to him but until an acceptabel bid’s received for him he’s got to shut up, show some commitment and remember who’s paying his wages!

    For goodness sake, when Sir Bobby signed him, he was a young lad with attitude and a chip on his shoulder and more to the point, playing for Le Havre, a tuppence ha’penny team.

    An ungrateful little tick who should show some humility!

  • Jonas19

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    think kinnear might have premmed it a bit there…..

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #14

    I cant argue with his comments, they are factually true !!

    But he signed the contract and should get on with it, it shows a great lack of respect towards the fans.

    Something foriegn / french players show very little of

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Above comment on wrong page, meant for Zog!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Ive got a feeling that the Zog wont get started on Wednesday and will receive the same rapturous boos!!!!!!

  • Sir Erec

    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    toon graeme-

    i have a feeling that zogs wont start and that instead the midfield will be jonas, butt, guthrie, duff

  • Sir Erec

    Jan 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    well boys, taylor, carroll and enrique out.

    should see a very different line out against hull


    Jan 13, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #19

    What a suprise-more injuries.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #20



You must log in to post a comment.