With the capture of Mark Viduka, the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager â€“ and the take-over of the club by English Billionaire Mike Ashley â€“ Newcastle should be able to attract talented players once more to Tyneside.
Middlesbrough players like Mark Schwarzer have expressed disappointment that the club couldnâ€™t keep their top goalscorer â€“ Mark Viduka – and that he chose Newcastle over them. Wonder what other players may be disillusioned at Middlesbrough – Jonathan Woodgate for instance.
With Newcastleâ€™s increased pulling power and positive outlook acquired over the last 2-3 weeks – we wonder if it would be possible to tempt Jonathan Woodgate back to Newcastle at some point. Of course this will depend almost completely on what Allardyce thinks of Woodgate – and we’re sure Middlesbrough fans will not be too pleased with even the suggestion that Woodgate may move back to Tyneside.
It looks like we really blew the chance to get Woodgate last summer when Roeder was concerned about Woodgateâ€™s injury record â€“ which over his career was not good at that point. However last season Jonathan did not miss much time at all due to injury and played 36 times for the club. It was also rumored at the time that Woodgate was not impressed with Roeder as a manager.
Given whatâ€™s happened to Newcastle since then we wonder now what Jonathon may think of his choice to go to Middlesbrough. Yes, we know he is a local Middlesbrough lad and heâ€™s doing an Alan Shearer in trying to make his home town team successful. But the lack of ambition or attraction that Middlesbrough have shown of late cannot be impressing their top players.
Woodgate is just the sort of player Newcastle need â€“ an English International who is close to world class and has already performed well during his 18 month spell at Newcastle before he was sold to Real Madrid in August, 2004.
We thought Real (Jonathan played 9 times for them over two injury ravaged seasons) may have wanted him back this summer given their very poor defensive performances this season but they were willing to let him go and Jonathon plumped for his home town club â€“ who to be honest had shown faith in him last summer when Newcastle hadnâ€™t.
Now Newcastle have a new manager, a new owner and a whole new positive outlook on what they can achieve in the coming years â€“ and Ashley has huge ambitions for the club. So we wonder what the chances of Woodgate returning to Newcastle are?
Let’s know what you think.