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.
“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.