Ian Holloway A Big Fan Of Newcastle’s Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll has said he will be fit for Saturday’s home against fellow promotion team Blackpool.

Ian Holloway – Andy has to be close to England call-up

The 21 year-old Newcastle striker had been struggling with an ankle injury since he injured it in a training session prior to the Wolves game a couple of weeks ago.

And Carroll is said to be back in training this week, so it looks like he will be able to start against the Tangerines.  Blackpool manager Ian Holloway may not think that is good news for his team, as Andy has been in great form this season.

Andy scored in the 4-1 victory over Blackpool at St. James’ Park last season, and he also got the goal when Blackpool beat Newcastle 2-1 at Bloomfield Road, which was one of only four league defeats for Newcastle last season.

The 47- year-old colorful Blackpool manager talked about Andy Carroll today:

“Simple, step on his hair.” “On a serious note, what a good player he is looking. Carroll’s got to be close to an England call-up.”“He’s an old-fashioned No 9, and I don’t mean that with any disrespect.”

“He can head it; he is strong; he is a threat when the ball is crossed into the box, getting his barnet or his foot on the end of it.” “That is a classic English center forward for me.”

“They are a dying bread and it is brilliant to see him doing so well.”   “Hopefully he won’t do well when we play them. But who knows? They beat us 4-1 last season in the Championship, so we’ve got to improve big time.”

If Newcastle are indeed going to survive in  the Premier League this season,  then they should be taking all 3 points against Blackpool this Saturday, and there can be no excuses.

But Chris Hughton will also be spoiled for choice for this Saturday, as new signings Sol Campbell, Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa will all be available and probably included in the squad.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • lewman

    Sep 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    start with tiote and bring the others on later, if tiote has a stinker swap him for smith at half time.

  • lewman

    Sep 9, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    cant wait to see ben arfa on motd or sky sports.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 9, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    lewman, has tiote even been training with our squad?

    Definitely think we should keep the same squad to start, purely for morale!

  • Solaidback

    Sep 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed fella, you’ve been in the States too long mate, colorful is spelt with a ‘u’ in it as in colourful 😉 only kidding fell 🙂

    I think we should bring on Tiote, Benny & Sol at the 60min mark to scare the crap out of Blackpool as we’ll be 3-0 up by then 🙂

  • leedodd

    Sep 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Yea Keep the same squad then bring the new boys on second half . we can’t play about in the Premier League . Sol has to be back up to Mike and Colo Take of smith for Ben arfa and then bang another 3 in in the last 30 mins ?? we don’t want to Embarese em to Much ??? Or do we ?? ha ha !!!!
    Andy Carroll For another Hat Trick ????

  • CT

    Sep 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY! Was in a restaurant a couple of years ago and ended up sharing a table with Tayls. I asked him who was the best striker he ever faced, without hesitation he replied R.VAN NISTELROY. Not HENRY I asked? He explained, H was a great player who could make you look a fool but he stood off you finding space to run at you, which at least give the defender half a chance to prepare. RVN like Shearer was all over you like a rash, arms aroundyou,shirt pulling, backing into you,turning you etc. Who is Carrol`s style more like? With the right handling this kid could be dynamite!!!

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 9, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    These ‘holloway quotes’ are almost 2 weeks old, can’t believe how many times these things get rehashed in the rags…
    …How boring!..
    Just like the one about Sol having a go back at Toon fans for calling him fat…He never blamed Toon fans, he blamed the rags, nice how they done the old switcharoo there & now they’re reportin’ it as fact…

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    We will not win this game by more than the odd goal. This is one of Blackpool’s target fixtures, and are well up for it if you read the blogs they really fancy their chances. They WILL rattle us, and I have a feeling will score first as well if Harps is in goal again. This will be no walkover, be warned dreamers…

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 9, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Beefy babes, scary…
    …Email the club with your fears mate…

    …I’m sure Don Van Vliet wouldn’t share that view…

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 9, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Punk Skunk, another hungover Villaholic? Yeah, we’ll drub them 7-0 eh? Of course we will. HA HA.

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

    2-1 at best. Bubble burst & the realisation this season will be long, long slog.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    No mate,
    just havin’ a giggle at your expense…
    …I tend to think along similar lines, just would put it across in a better way…
    …I don’t drink either btw…

    …Please don’t assume, as it makes an ass of you & me…

  • moonraker

    Sep 9, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Blackpool were one of the few that beat us last season and the main reason was Charlie Adam in midfield.

    If we stop him from playing, (Smudger) then we should beat them but I agree with Beefheart probably 2-1 maybe 2-0 at best.

    Holloway’s a good manager and gets the best out of his players so it wont be easy!!!

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with Punk in trying to maintain the optimism that our good start has generated, difficult spells are naturally going to come about in a league where there are will be no easy games for us.

    I do not expect this game to be a walkover by any means, but realistically if we want to survive with some degree of comfort this is simply a game we must win.

    Of all the new signings I’d like to see Ben Arfa given a start, with Tiote and possibly Campbell thrown in at some point in the second half. Although not the biggest R Taylor fan I agree with those that would rather see him start ahead of Perch. He has looked a little shaky and really could have cost us with a reckless challenge in the box against Wolves at 1-0 down.

    More likely to be the same team however with the new boys on the bench but I’m going for 3-1, Carroll for a brace, Nolan with the other.


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