Shearer – Andy Carroll Needs More Games


It looks like Alan is only too willing to give Andy Carroll his chance, and he says today the problem with Andy is that he just hasn’t played enough games. There’s one way to fix that Alan – play the lad.

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Alan Shearer – Andy needs more games

Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“The problem is Andy hasn’t been playing enough games.” “The Manchester City Reserves game was his first full 90 minutes for a while.”

“That’s disappointing, he needs to get fit and he needs to get on the pitch. He’s got us a point and hopefully he can get us a few more if he continues to do things right.”

It seems Alan has been less than happy with so many players out injured, and he is urging them all to get back as quickly as possible so they are available to play for the side – and hopefully we’ll have Steven Taylor, Joey Barton and Mark Viduka all fit for next Sunday at Spurs. That’s another crucial game for the lads.

And reflecting on Big Andy’s great looping header, which came right in front of the visiting Geordie fans Alan said:

“It was a towering header and it was magnificent.” “It was a very good ball in (from Duff) and we have to show more of that.”

“I asked Andy and Nile Ranger if they wanted to be part of it.” “And they have both shown that they do.”

“It’s a battle that they want to be part of, they’ve showed great desire. Shola Ameobi does as well because for long periods he battled for us.”

“In the second half they showed me more of what they did in training.” “They can pass it round and show that they can be brave and demand the ball. We defended the aerial bombardment very well.”

If we have to turn to the youngsters to save the team this season, then by all means let’s do it, and if do save ourselves from relegation, let’s then make sure we clear out those players who have just not produced the goods this season.

It will be great opportunity to clear the boards at the club this summer, and in fact we’ll need to do that even if we unlucky enough to be relegated.

Whichever way all this turns out, it’s a time to start anew at Newcastle, with Alan Shearer in the lead.

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25 comments so far

  • knottsy82

    Apr 13, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    gotta play him over ameobi, im sure shola’s a nice guy but he does nothing on the pitch although saying that owen did’nt either

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  • magforlife

    Apr 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    When i saw sholas name on the team sheet, my head nearly exploded, sorry but he has that effect on me, i am sick to death of hearing what he is going to do etc. He has had numerous chances and simply is not good enough or professional enough to improve his game or fitness, i feel heart fully sorry for Michael Owen playing along side this big galloot, how can anyone read what he is going to do when he doesnt know himself and thats on the odd occasion when he actually wins a ball. The Stoke centre halves were on the back foot when Carroll came on and had to put their cigars out, how can anyone of so little heart and ability constantly get selected at our famous club, just shows how far we have dropped.

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  • repo

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #3

    he will still play shola as he rates him

    hence thus saying

    It’s a battle that they want to be part of, they’ve showed great desire. [SIZE=”5″]Shola Ameobi [/SIZE]does as well because for long periods he battled for us

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    I would play 3-5-2 as follows:

    …………………Harper………………..

    …..Beye……..Colo……..Bassong….

    Jonas………………………………Duff

    …………..Guthrie……Butt…………

    ………………..Owen…………………….

    ………..Oba…………Carroll………….

    Subs: Krul, S. Taylor(unfit), Enrique(unfit), R. Taylor, Nolan, Løvenkrands(unfit), Ranger

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    …as Coloccini is used to playing a 3-man defense which is what’s practiced in Argentina. Edgar deserves a place on the bench following his performance so put him instead of Enrique or Taylor if they don’t recover

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  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Fine to play him against Spurs, but if he has a mediocre game and does not score a spectacular goal, please stay off the kid’s back.

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  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve yet to see Edgar have a bad game for us. So why he is in and out of the side under successive managers is a mystery. If Al is not a respecter of reputations but goes for selection on form, that’s ok by me.

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Dont play 3-5-2 at all.

    In fact yesterday only proved to us in the first half that it doesnt work.

    It wasnt just the subs who changed the game, we changed to 4-4-2 and weeee game opened up.

    Bin the following players:

    Edgar – Buttface – NOlan – Duff and ofc Ameobi(wtf?????)

    Do the following and play 4-3-1-2:

    Krul

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Guiteurez Barton Guthrie

    Owen/Ranger

    Carroll Martins

    I think it would be interesting to say the least.

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Do the following and play 4-3-1-2:

    ……………………… Krul……………………….

    Beye……Taylor …..Bassong…….Enrique

    ……. Guiteurez..Barton..Guthrie ………..

    …………… Owen/Ranger……………………

    ………….Carroll…….Martins……………….

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    maybe put guiteurez left side and guthrie right, both playing central though with enrique and beye moving up each wing, im not impressed with ryan taylor or nolan so far but either could swap with guthrie i suppose if he was right side of field, discuss please 😉

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  • OHurley

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Still think we should go with the 5-3-2 with Beye and Enrique as attacking wing backs. The 3-5-2 worked well at Stoke cos the pitch is not as wide. On a bigger field like, say, Old Trafford, I think playing a 5-3-2 is the ticket. Defensive, but can get the ball into the middle. Here’s how I’d ideally line it up.

    ———————-Harper———————

    ——–S. Taylor–Bassong–Coloccini——-
    Beye————————————–Enrique

    ————Guthrie–Butt–Nolan————–

    —————-Owen——Loven (when fit)—-

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    You want to play defensive football?

    I cant agree tbh

    I do agree lovenkrantz should maybe get a shot in my formation though 😉

    5-3-2 when facing relegation is suicidal tbh, nolan and butt are crap and why would you play coloccini?

    With that setup we are going down

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    A feel sorry for Ameobi bless him but he just isnt good enough

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  • OHurley

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Ameobicantshoot-

    I totally disagree, m8. By having 3 CBs, we’ll keep the box pretty crowded and defend the aerial attack as well as any attack down the center. By using Beye and Enrique as Wing Backs, we can get forward and switch to 3-5-2 on the fly. Also- we can use Jonas as a Wing Back in any position and THAT would utilize all of his strengths. Can’t see how this could possibly be suicidal.

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  • OHurley

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    correction- we can use Jonas as a wing back on EITHER SIDE.

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  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #16

    I think a 5-3-2 wouldn’t be a bad setup against Spurs. Think I would shove Jonas on there though inplace of Nolan to give the extract width and deal with Lennon.

    Beye-Taylor-Edgar-Bassong-Enrique
    ———Guthrie—Smith–Jonas–
    —–Carroll—–Lovenkrands—–

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 13, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #17

    5-3-2 is not the way to go so im never going to agree. but carroll should play at least

    butt and ameobi out at least also

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 13, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Beye-Taylor–Bassong-Enrique
    ———Guthrie—Smith–Jonas–
    _______owen/???_______
    —–Carroll—–Lovenkrands—–

    i can agree on that maybe, but what about martins?, maybe he just had to much sex night before lol. He should always start when fit and offers more up front than owen going on current form.

    I agree martins fked up a penalty and hasnt been on full form recently, but he is more dangerous than owen even if 70% fit in my opinion.

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  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 13, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #19

    I am not saying 5-3-2 should be used for every formation infact AmeobiCantShoot, if we were playing Stoke this weekend I would go with the team you first posted here. However Spurs aren’t Stoke and with Lennon/Modric I think the 4-3-1-2 you have for us is too narrow and there is going to be too much pressue on our back four.

    I would have had Martins in my side instead of Lovenkrands just not sure about “groin” thing, but then we don’t really know whats gone on there if anything..

    Anyway, picking the team is Sherear’s job and I suspect he will go for a 4-4-2 with the players you have in your last post above but with Duff instead of Lovenkrands and Butt instead of Smith.

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  • DENIro

    Apr 13, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Team for spurs:

    ……………….harper………………..

    geremi..cacapa…colo….r.taylor

    nolan…..smith…butt….gonzalez

    ………..ameobi…viduka………….

    ….just a joke….

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  • onnyd

    Apr 14, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #21

    I really think butt is way past his expiry date. he is no longer commanding the midfield which is our greatest let down. i just pray that we are not going down.

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  • Partizan

    Apr 14, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #22

    3-5-2 was my first choice long time ago

    —————————–Harper————————–
    —-Taylor—————-Beye—————-Bassong—

    ————————-Coloccini—————————

    —————————Butt—————————

    ———Jonas———————————–Duff——
    ————————–Nolan—————————

    ————————–Smith—————————

    —————–Martins———Owen—————–

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #23

    butt duff and nolan ? explain why. And why owen? , also play andy carroll if we want to score, if not stick with owen and martins and lose the game, no height up front not wise at all.

    Harper needs to be binned also, sick of long ball game him and butt seem to enjoy.

    Sorry if it sounds harsh but ive had enough of the same players week in week out being nothing but worthless shite.

    Shearer surely has the balls to tell the oldies and the useless that all they can hope for is the bench now.

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  • AmeobiCantShoot

    Apr 14, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #24

    ……………………… Krul……………………….

    Beye……Taylor …..Bassong…….Enrique

    R taylor….Barton..Guthrie …Guiteurez

    …….Carroll/Ranger…Martins/Owen….

    Ill settle on this if its 4-4-2. No butt there, no duff, no coluccini, no harper = we win a game right? 😉

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 14, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #25

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