It was striker Andy Carroll, who showed both Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi how to do it last Saturday, as the youngster came on after 70 minutes and his play and goal transformed the game, and gained Newcastle a valuable point.
Andy Carroll – needs to train the way he plays
And of course his display last Saturday caught the imagination of the Newcastle faithful, because the way he came on and played is likely the way any Newcastle fan would try to play in the circumstances we are in right now.
All out, and Andy defended really well too, with both headed and booted clearances, and then the next minute he would be up-field in the penalty area getting involved – he gave an all-action display of heart and skill for 20 minutes that was great to see, and from a 20 year old too!.
That performance has put the 20-year-old target man into the spotlight on Tyneside, but Shearer and Dowie will ensure the lad handles the accolades in the right way, and puts in a good week of training, because Alan has said he is not as fit as he could be, and hasn’t played the number of games he needs to either.
Iain Dowie explained to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“We’ve told Andy Carroll he needs to train as he plays. He is a handful in games, but he can be a little laid back at times in training, which is something we’ve talked to him about.”
“But we like what we have seen and there is a player in there. He has fantastic power in the air, a super left foot and a nice aggression about him.”
“If you get enough service to him in the box, he will be a handful. It really was a wonderful header against Stoke and you can’t deny that.”
“He is a work in progress, but there is an excellent striker in there and he will get better. He’s still a youngster and he is fortunate to have a manager like Alan who played in that position.”
“I’ve been working with him on the training pitch in the afternoon and I’m determined to make sure he gets all the help he needs. It’s important he keeps his feet on the ground.”
Good and wise words from Iain, that’s for sure.
We’re not sure at all what formation Alan will use on Sunday at White Hart Lane, but we were hoping Steven Taylor would be fit again, but no word on him this week as yet.
If Steven is fit we think Alan may play 4-4-3 with S.Taylor, Beye, Bassong and young David Edgar at the back and of course Owen, Carroll and Martins up front. Michael may also play his slightly withdrawn role, where he still seemed to get plenty of goals under the great Kevin Keegan, and his link up play is always good when he plays there.
We’re quite sure Alan has been on the phone with Kevin, understanding better, the exact way Kevin used the 4-3-3 formation, to such success last season.
It’s a good question who the three in midfield would be, but Guthrie, Butt, Nolan, Gutierrez, Duff and Geremi are there up for selection. Of course Joey Barton is great in a 4-3-3 formation and he should be back for the Portsmouth game, where we’re sure Alan will adopt an attacking formation, to try to blast Portsmouth away early in the game.
It doesn’t look like we’ll hear much from Alan this week, with Iain handling the press duties this week, but we can be sure he’s working his socks off in preparation for Spurs, and we just have to hope the players start coming through for our famous club, before it’s too late.