This Is Why Newcastle Need Andy Carroll Back

It’s a fairly well known fact that Newcastle United have scored only once from a corner all season, and that was when Demba Ba clearly handled the ball in the game at Reading on 29th September, and that goal got us a 2-2 draw.

demba ba - reading

Demba Ba – after Reading goal – I handled it

That’s the same day Steven Taylor picked up an injury, and Newcastle  started to lose players, and we went on that terrible run in the league when Newcastle  lost 10 of 13 league games.

And things are not much better today, as we’ve lost three of our last four league games including a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City and a 3-0 loss to Sunderland – and those scores don’t help our goal difference one little bit.

Newcastle’s play from set pieces this season has been hopeless, and only Yohan Cabaye seems capable of scoring from a free kick.

We thought that would be improved shortly with Ryan Taylor coming back, but the tragic news about Ryan this week means he will be out for another seasons, after picking up another ACL knee injury – that’s just tragic for Ryan. 🙁

Alan Pardew had talked a year ago about wanting to sign a good tall center half who could score some goals – but we didn’t do that.

So it’s hardly surprising to hear that Pardew now wants to sign players in the summer who are tall and good in the air, which is one reason Newcastle may try to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool this summer – at a knock-down price.

This is what Alan Pardew said about set=pieces:

“Our record from set-pieces is definitely something I’ll look at in the summer, 100 per cent.”  “In terms of the group, when you take Mike  Williamson and Steven Taylor out, we haven’t really got a dominant header after those two.”

“I think we need to add to that in the summer, and we will. We’re coming up against Premier League sides with six foot four players, and we’re finding it difficult to get that second or third header of the ball.”

“That’s what usually gets you the goal, and it’s an area we’re going to focus on in the summer.”

So given what Alan says, it’s not surprising we are after 6’4″ Portuguese Under-20 international striker Amido Balde,

And maybe we’ll try to bring 6’3″ Andy Carroll back home  too – and at least that will give us two good herders of the ball in the Newcastle attack – we have none at the moment.

What do you think?

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


21 comments so far

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds good to me.

    A couple of wingers who can actually cross the ball to him would be good too.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye, we need a good ball herder Ed 🙂

    I’ll jump straight in there with this one Alan. It’s not as simple as just having a bigger target man, the way we take them, set up for them, pretty much every aspect of our corners need work.

    Yes a bigger better target man will likely bring better success, but more from chance than anything else. There are other areas to this problem which need looking at also.

  • Guj NUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think crossing/scoring headers is the main problem- it’s the general level of attacking is pretty poor!
    If Marveaux & Tiote won’t play and Ben Arfa will start on the bench, what will our line-up look like?
    I think Pardew will go with- Elliot- Debuchy, MYM, Taylor, Haidara- Cabaye, Anita/Perch, Sissoko- Jonas, Cisse, Gouffran.
    I can’t see any better alternatives??

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Guj…I imagine it will be something along those lines.

  • Guj NUFC

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe we should put Williamson right winger and buy Peter Crouch, guaranteed a headed goal a game 😀

  • Joe Blog

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d like to see his statistics on the “second, third ball”, just sounds like another excuse for his shortcomings, not been able to devise anything novel, or even just mix it up a bit. Like someone else said, he keeps repeating stuff about tiredness, stale set-pieces etc – I don’t think he realises the consequences of his words, the effect it will have in players.

    Not even watching today, such is my disillusionment with our manager and the apathy he makes me feel.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    when did it become fashionable to play long ball football?

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    just read the ryder bit

    he has to be careful of what he says, but on the whole he still kind of backs pardew,
    the one bit that sticks out to me is the fact that he said it has been said sunnderland treat it like a cup final,, well wake up, it is a cup final, it may not have a cup, but trust me, for that one match , bragging rights me everything,

    he didnt have just a few days to prepair them for this match, he had weeks to get them ready for it, PDC only had 2 weeks, couple that with the fact during the game,

    i feel the guy misses the point, and he proves it in the interview yesterday, he still harped on about how we were in the QF of europe, and they wernt, sad tossa, living in his own little world

  • Phatoon

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9


    We haven’t scored a orner since Ba scored against Wolves last season. The goal against Reading was an open play cross by Ferguson.

  • Phatoon

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10


  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    I see you’re criticizing Pardews negativity on the previous thread,I don’t think a man who wants to see us relegated has any right to preach on negativity.

  • geordie157

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    If the price is right then bring him back home, it gives a much better than Shola, plus we can play Carroll up front on his own or alongside Cisse. The hoof ball talk is nonsense, West Ham for large parts of games have been keeping the ball on the deck.

    Carroll, Andros Townsend and Sakho would do the job, plus maybe Scott Sinclair as i can’t see us getting Aubameyang.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Catchy…At this point I think most are questioning Pardew and regardless of the reasons, that is justified.

    However, I don’t think there will be many who don’t want him to do well and turn it around at this stage as it’s our PL survival on the line.

    Now is not the time for personal agendas, like it or not, he is our manager and his success or lack thereof will determine our fate. Who wouldn’t want to back him, at least for the next 5 games?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    I want us to win all five although that will mean probably mean enduring Pardew for another season.

    He really has done a poor job this season and the way he blamed the youngsters in January was criminal.

  • will.dawg

    Apr 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Mike Williamson dominant in the air? Really? Sure he’s tall, but I remember him losing a header to N’Zogbia…

  • Yorkgeordie

    Apr 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Obertan and Williamson both started today. Obertan because he got a hat trick in the reserves and Williamson because Pardew has been on about not having players who could head a ball.


    Apr 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t know if Pardiola is naive or spoofing but I know we don’t have a plan, delivery or movement to score from set pieces as has been proven by the stats.

    We need to smash them in low with quick front post movement for a flick on and late timed runs in on that flick. That’s what works best but clearly our set pieces are planned by people with the intellect of a mosquito.

    Lets hope they are just slow learners.

    But HTL still applies


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    So he realises we have no-one who can header a ball when Taylor & Williamson are out, which is most the time. So why does his team of arielly challenged players play more long balls than even Stoke or West Ham?!!! This is the main reason we aren’t getting results. What a old fashioned stubborn idiot, he still thinks long ball will get him out trouble with just Pappis upfront.

  • ian7523

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Is anyone else bothered by the fact that we’ve signed these really technical continental players and Pardew wants to sign an old-fashioned English style centre forward? I can’t help but feel that if we actually played to our players’ strengths and played attacking football that the lack of goals from set pieces would hardly be noticed.

  • pkk17

    Apr 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Williamson can’t win sh*t in the air I don’t care how tall he is, he doesn’t seem to win anything

  • Real Football

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #21

    There’s no definition of the way Newcastle plays. There is no dimension or plan. Long pass… Andy carroll- the lazy-good-for-five-minute-player wouldn’t last when the intensity is high. I like Andy but my emotion is not going to lead the club anywhere. It’s not Andy we need. We need the KILLER INSTINCT- the never give up attitude. The- We-are-dedicated kind of player; A manager who hungers for WIN, who can adapt to changes. As a hard fact any big team playing in a premier league for more than a decade (of course we got relegated because we were just too poor) without playing in Champions league is a team without any ambition. I’m not from England….I’ m from an Asian land. A far away land. Newcastle I Love. I’m waiting for the Alan Shearer spirit. I don’t expect Newcastle to win every matches just waiting for the The never-bow-down, never-give-up attitude. Please. From the corner I’m shouting.


You must log in to post a comment.