Andy Carroll Should Get Start Tomorrow

Newcastle coach Chris Hughton will choose between Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll on who will start with Kevin Nolan up front tomorrow at WBA.


Andy Carroll – should get start tomorrow

Both Academy lads have played well in pre-season but it seems that Hughton is leaning towards playing Kevin Nolan alongside Ameobi as an advanced midfielder – meaning Carroll could miss out.

With Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins all having left the side, and Newcastle around £270K/week better off it (£14M/year) in their wage bill, the strike force needs to be strengthened over the next 3 weeks.

That’s if we ever get a full time manager in to manage the club before the transfer season ends, of course.

It seems that Xisco cannot get a sniff at the first team, and we need to unload this player somehow before September, to recuperate the £50K/week we are reportedly paying the Spanish player.

Of course Hughton also has teenage sensation 18 year-old Nile Ranger in contention, but the Londoner is unlikely to throw him in at the deep end for his Championship debut tomorrow, and that’s unfortunate.

We’d like to see Andy start the game with Nile Ranger on the bench tomorrow, because Andy and Nile are the two strikers most likely to be able to score, whatever their ages may be.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I would like to think I have a few decisions to make.” “Kevin has played in a more advanced position before.”

“We have Andy Carroll, and we are delighted he has just been called up to the England Under-21s.”

“They are the decisions that have to be made, and we certainly welcome them.”

The former Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan has emerged in pre-season as an influential figure in the dressing room this season, and we’re a little surprised he hasn’t been given the captain’s armband by Hughton.

We need leaders on the field more than ever right now, so it’s good to see Kevin step up to the plate.

Smith leads the team tomorrow, but once midfielders like Danny Guthrie and Nicky Butt are fit again Alan will have a tough job getting a place in the side.

Chris continued:

“Kevin’s had a good, full pre-season, and I don’t think he’s missed one day.”

“He certainly does have an eye for goal, and he’s a versatile midfield player.”

“I only see him play generally in a central position, but he can perform a number of roles there.”

Meanwhile, the takeover saga at Newcastle United will continue to rumble on and distract the club into the new season, as we all knew it would.

A quick sale as Mike Ashley indicated he wanted at the end of May , was just never going to happen – and he knew that full well when he put the club up for sale.

Hughton addressed the mad goings on at the Newcastle club with all kinds of rumors floating around that Mike Ashley will keep the club for at least another 12 months.

Chris said:

“I have been told to work things on a day-to-day basis.” “And that’s what I will continue to do.”

Most fans will hope that Tyneside businessman Barry Moat will be successful in his bid to buy the club, but we really have no idea what will happen by the end of the weekend, as the Newcastle soap opera keeps on rolling unabated.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Aug 7, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #1


  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed: Please stop going on about who’s left the club and how much is being saved on the wage bill. It’s got nothing to do with tomorrow. Cheers.

  • MacToon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    So we play who’s left then, Nolan up front .. great.. with Shola, even better.

    Our owner has turned this club into a joke but nevermind, we’ll still support the team. Let’s just hope there are major changes soon like a new owner or atleast a manager and while you’re at it try getting some new players too!

  • Pons Aelius

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Carroll and Ranger for me, but no doubt Hughton will persist with Bambi and the scouse wonder-signing

  • Stuart79

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Whats happened to Xisco?
    He really must be shite. Every manager (and there’s been a few) have totally ignored him!

  • cromscott

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    For some outstanding bum fun action call Asprilla32 on 0-800-bumfun-bumfun…….Hot greasy man on man action…….Pure poetry in motion….pound and grind all night long.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed: ….”as the Newcastle soap opera keeps on rolling unabated….” Overused cliche here, give it a rest man.

    ‘Tragedy’ OK, but soap opera it aint!

  • Mick G

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Cromscott you are one very very sad individual who should get out more, but probably on your own

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    No. He should get back in – the closet!

  • cromscott

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Bum fun can be enjoyed by everyone……..Dont knock it till youve tryed it……I love to grind my Friday nights away…….

  • Geordie Cobbler

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Isaac Hunt – How’s about you give it a rest man!

    Stuart 79 – He must be really really s**t!

  • cromscott

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Its a fact that Xisco like some bum fun…….thats why ive got his name on the back of my top…….Me and xisco locked in a room on a friday night with nothing but a bottle of white lightning and some vaseline…Ummmmmmmm Heaven

  • NorthernPaul

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I personally think Shola will do well for us this season. I hope so anyway!

    Oh, and it’s great to see we have attracted yet another bell end to the blog. Welcome!

  • G

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #14

    cromscott, you are in the wrong forum son, by the way, move out of your parents house, and lose the comic books, your’e in your 40’s ffs!

  • G

    Aug 7, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    I reckon Shola will do alright for us this season, am looking forward to Andy Carol getting a decent run in the team, the more first team he gets, the better he will become. He still has a long career ahead of him, so this year he has the oportunity to mature as a player. Not seen enough of Nile Ranger to form an opinion yet, but his scoring record stands out, not a bad set of lads for the fizzy pop league.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #16

    cromscott get a grip of ye self p rick

  • Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Bambi has proved beyong all reasonable doubt that he is truely a poor excuse for a Center forward – more use as a center floorboard.

    Andy Carroll should be given the start. He’s sharper, faster and WANTS to play for the toon. Bring on Nile Ranger as 2nd half sub – his pace and eye for goal will cause WBA major problems.

    Johnny Godsmark has joined Hereford on a 6 month loan!!!

  • Sav

    Aug 8, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Can somebody please explain when Nolan became our striker? Smith is a defensive midfielder and Nolan is a striker now? Did I miss sommat? Nolan is a better striker than Ranger? And how many goals did he score for us last season?


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