The great Sir Les Ferdinand – a real gentleman – has been talking to the Evening Chronicle and he gave a long interview to Lee Ryder yesterday.
We’ll take a look at what Les says – but it’s obvious he thinks Viduka is a great signing and that Big Sam will do really well at Newcastle.
The Great Les Ferdinand at Newcastle
Here’s what Les Ferdinand told Lee Ryder yesterday:
“I think that Mark Viduka would be a fantastic signing for Big Sam.
“He is a player who can get goals and he could link up well with Michael Owen, not to mention last season’s top goalscorer Oba Martins.
“In those three, plus Shola Ameobi and young Andy Carroll, you will have a tremendous amount of competition for places which you do need at a club like Newcastle United.”
“Even when Alan Shearer was still at the club Newcastle needed somebody to help take off the weight from his shoulders, despite the amazing amount of goals he scored. “Clubs will fear Newcastle again if they can start getting the best out of the strikers they’ve got now allied to the threat of Viduka.”
“Last year he got 19 goals for Middlesbrough and that is a great tally. “I know that Sam made changes, year in, year out at Bolton.”He had foreign players coming in, too, and they took no time to settle. That’s because they all fitted in to the system he had there.”If you follow that system you can’t go wrong.
“I did not play a lot of football under Sam, as I mainly came in to provide competition for Kevin Davies. “But I have to say that in all the years I was in football, it was the best set-up I ever worked under. “If he can replicate that at Newcastle they can have a good few years. “He has a straight run at the domestic competitions but he will require time to assess the players he has and the players he needs. “I think he might need two seasons to establish that, but he is certainly the man to do it. “And with the potential investment also set to come in, it can help him deliver the team he thinks the fans deserve.”
Well that’s a glowing tribute to Mark Viduka and Sam’s set-up. Les worked with Allardyce during the later stages of his career – and thinks that Big Sam (BSA) will have the perfect set-up to assist Viduka to extend his career at the very top – like he’s done with so many older players.
Got to admit Les Ferdiand is one of our most favorite players – and he’s always made very welcome at Newcastle. Les was a great role model for the young lads at Newcastle – and continues to be a gentleman now he’s finished playing.
Les played for Newcastle from 1995 – 1997 and scored 41 goals in 69 appearances – before he was stupidly let go for â‚¤6M to Tottenham. That was just before Shearer had his bad injury in 1997 – during a pre-season tournament – when Alan caught his studs in the turf and had a terrible tearing of the ankle ligament. Shearer was out for the rest of that year and we finished 14th in the league that season (we were 2nd the season before) – mainly because we had no strikers. Dalglish, our manager at the time – was sacked before the end of August, 1998.
Les played 17 times for England scoring 5 goals.