Andy Carroll Told To Train Hard – Just The Way He Plays

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 Michael may also play his slightly withdrawn role, where he still seemed to get plenty of goals under the great Kevin Keegan, and his link up play is always good when he plays there.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.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • sinaken

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I would like to se this midfield and attack agains Roflham Lolspurs:


  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed- This is the 9th artical you have written about him in 4 days. It needs to stop, im reading the same articles time and time again.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    He seems to be abit of a steriotypical prem player playboy, as i remember him being sent home from U19 duty.

    However he is a good player and always seems to score when hes played this season, so as long as Shearer keeps his feet on the ground, he could be a top player.

    He showed more than Owen has in the past 2 games in the 20 mins against Stoke, therefore should start, wither alognside Owen or Martins.

    I agree with Ed that Barton is great in a 4-3-3, bt he is a great player all together. Im sure our little run this season, beating teams like Spurs and especially Villa when Barton owned Barry, was no coincidence is when Barton was on the pitch.

    Also sorry to hear that the blog is goin at the end of season :(. 17.5 million hits is no easy feat.

  • brownrob

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    He needs to start above Ameobi every game from now on, and Strolla should be shipped out to Farnborough Town or another team worthy of his talents…

  • DanToon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Did anyone else see Mike Ashley at the Chelsea v L’pool game last night? He was sat a few of rows behind Guus Hiddink.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6



  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7 it didnt but i think that just shows that Ashley is a football fan who just wanted to own a football club.

    He has put our club in a right state and has made very very bad decisions, but i still dont think his motive was to make money from the Toon. Still dont excuse him for being a totally incompetant football club owner though.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8
  • DanToon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah i said to my old man while watching it, he didnt beleave me but when the cameras went back on Guss you could see him sat in the background.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I was distracted by Guus Hiddinks assistant with mad hair and tosh

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I know I saw Terry McDermot sitting behind the Chealsea bench. Don’t tell me you all missed him.

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    RB – It was Terry Mac!

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    re DanToon // Apr 15, 2009 at 10:43 AM and

    ‘Did anyone else see Mike Ashley at the Chelsea v L’pool game last night? ‘

    Let’s be optimistice and think that he was having a look at a potential six signings before giving the ok to buy!

    ………..Shoot! There’s the alarm, overslept and it’s way past time to get up for work!

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Micky Toon….we must have been looking at different people becuase of that was Terry Mac he has gone back to a 70s scouse haircut and used just for men.

  • Ross

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    the terry mac rip off at chelski last night was absolutly hilarious, looked like a cross between terrry mac and a 118 fella, brilliant like.

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    RB – I always forget Terry has more normal hair these days. I still like to remember him as full on “Harry Enfield Scouser”
    At least we have colo to replace him in the big curly mop of hair department.

  • stk85

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    my team for spuds


    jonas plays wb for argentina. and cant break up that defense we had against stoke, they played well and it will only help young edgar grow in confidence, hopefully wont miss colo. why oh why oh why do our big name cb’s always “do a boumsong”?! r.taylor, sorry pal, you were awful last few games, as butt has been, but somehow he wont be left out despite my wishes

    however with everyone back from injury this is the team i’d like to see


  • bennytoon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Andy Carrol the great white hope!? What a shambles newcastle are when they pin there hopes on this donkey.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Bennytoon – you are an ar$e.


    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #20


    beye edgar bassong enriq
    ——ranger carroll——-

    at 60min, sub gutherie for ranger and switch with owen, throw s.tay in for duff and switch with beye, then at 85min shearer comes on for carroll and scores the final goal we win 4-0

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Most of my mates down here are spurs fans so I hope we win on Saturday or it will be murder

  • PaceOba

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #22


    Owen play as AM? Just take a look how bad he play as forward.


    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    yes owen as AM! he has no pace anymore, but still has a good enough brain to string a pass or two together. KK played him there with great effect last season.

  • PaceOba

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #24

    If he want to play there. Hope he not outbust untill the game start. lol

  • bennymoob

    Apr 15, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Just to prove that I dont have moobs heres a pic of me

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #26



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