Shearer Positive on Taylor, Viduka and Newcastle’s Coming Season

Alan Shearer has talked about Newcastle these last few days and some of his comments are interesting. Let’s take a look at what Alan had to say.


The Great Alan Shearer


Steven Taylor – he must have just scored

Here’s what he thinks of 21 year old local boy Steven Taylor – who was a ball boy when Alan first came to the club in 1996.

‘The best defender in the side is Steven Taylor and I think when he calms down a bit he will be a real big asset. He has been brought up the right way and he’s a decent lad who understands the value of playing for Newcastle United. And if we can get some players in and build a back four around him, we will have a chance of being successful.’

Good comment in that we all know that Steven is very committed (to say the least) to the Newcastle cause but has shown some immaturity in rash tackles – and has to lay off a bit – but he’ll get that as he plays more games. He certainly takes his honors with England Under-21s in his stride – and we expect Steven to be an England International sooner rather than later.

Mark Viduka

On the signing of Mark Viduka Alan said:

‘I am a huge fan of Mark Viduka and I think he is a great signing for Newcastle. In my view, he kept Middlesbrough in the Premiership on his own last season with 17 goals. Yes, he has got a history of injury problems, but so too have a lot of strikers of his style, but he has always come back from these injuries and done really well and I’m sure he could do the same again if necessary.

That’s some compliment from the man himself. Mark is like a players’ player in that he does a lot of good things with the ball (like not give it away) which often goes unnoticed by the fans. On his injury problems we really hope that Big Sam and his science can help Mark – since a fit Viduka would be really phenomenal for us. He was also free 😀

Finally Alan on the coming season:

Looking to the coming season, I think if Mark plays up front with Michael Owen then that combination could be quite tasty. On their day, there will not be many better partnerships in the Premiership than Viduka and Owen.’

We like that – but are starting to doubt if Michael will be with us next season – why doesn’t he come out with a statement – we’ll need to know fairly soon what this plans are. Also have to wonder when Alan will become manager of Newcastle – we think with Mike Ashley in charge it may be sooner rather than later – but not for a few years while Big Sam puts our house in order.

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