Luque Will Be Given Real Chance Under Allardyce

Albert Luque will not be wearing the number 7 jersey next year at Newcastle as it has been given to Joey Barton. However Sam has talked about players who have got lost at Newcastle – for whatever reason. One of those players is obviously Albert Luque – whose career has never got going (yet) at Newcastle.


Albert Luque

A new manager can work wonders for some players – especially when the manager shows confidence in the player – which is what Luque needs right now. Roeder hardly played Luque at all last season and when he did Albert didn’t do himself any favors. Luque still has two years left on his contract and has rejected opportunities to move away from Tyneside – and he is still a United player. This may be a new chance for Luque – and he must take it this time. Let’s see what Sam Allardyce said about the misfits at Newcastle.

“I feel far too many players have got lost at this football club.
“It is my responsibility to make sure this does not happen to any current member of the staff or any new player I might bring in.
“One of the reasons I was successful at Bolton Wanderers was transforming a foreign player out of whatever country he had come from into a Premiership player.
“That’s because we found out what problems he had as early as we possibly could.
“I don’t want to be too critical of what has happened here in the past but in my opinion there has not been enough focus on what is happening in a player’s life away from the training ground and the club.
“Has he got the right lifestyle? Is he living in the right place for him and his family?
“In fact it’s not just the player but his wife and family.
“But once this is sorted out you get the best out of player and this is something I have to try and work out with Albert Luque.
“He might be too far gone. Who knows? But we might still be able to resurrect his career here. We will see.”

As usual with Big Sam he talks a whole load of sense and we for one would love it if Albert could resurrect his career at Newcastle. He has obvious talent – and if anybody can get the best out of him it is Sam Allardyce. Luque however – for his part – must show a lot more application and dedication than he’s shown over the last two years.

Luque has made only 22 appearances for Newcastle over the last two years and scored 2 goals. While he was at Deportivo La Coruna he made 100 appearances and scored 25 goals. He has played 22 times for Spain and scored 2 goals.

If he does show the right spirit then anything is possible – and the Geordie fans would surely support him – but it’s essentially up to you Albert.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Graham

    Jun 22, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    I am all for Allaydyce giving Luque a chance. The kid must be so low on confidence at the minute as it was plane to see that, even when we had scarce attacking options he was left on the bench (or at home) last season. Added to the fact that he’s hardley had a decent run in the team – granted he hasn’t had the best of times when he has played. But coming from a different country and culture takes time. we cannot expect instant success from these kinds of players all the time. He’s got 2 years left and if we dont give him another chance we might as well give him away now and save his wage bill as we’ll get nothing for him this time next year.

  • Pete

    Jun 22, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2


    Ramage (?)

    That seem a bit lob sided to anyone else

  • graeme dev

    Jun 22, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the trouble was , that Albert luque was not given a decent run in the team as everyone knows, but, i also don’t think he and a lot of the players had much confidence in glen roeder as a manager.Whilst roeder managed to get us European football by getting 7th place, i think MR SHEARERS man management and motivation was the real reason we did it!!, the players roeder had to work with were the players that souness was calling his big hitters, whom souness didnt have to pick.Also, just as a mere coinsidence we had Micheal chopra chasing lost causes up front harrying and generally making a nuisance of himself , i think the last seven games of that season were down to SHEARER rather than roeder and so it has come to pass that the players we have left will actually trust and work hard for big sam, he will get the best from the likes of Luque ,Dyer, martins and emre, this combined with the honest endeavors from the home grown talent and i think were on a winner, all that remains is to bring in a whole new defence and to get rid of the players who are just taking up room in the changing rooms,(ameobi, babayaro carr, and duff!

  • johnny

    Jun 22, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    luque has never been given a chance in a black and white shirt. last season in the last two or three games of the season would have been a perfect time to give him a 3 games in a row. we were playing for nothing. luque has said that newcastle fans are the best he has ever played for and it was well document that glenn and albert did not get on. if luque is given a chance he will show the fans that he is the best player at theclub and has been since he came

  • Pete

    Jun 22, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    I really do think we should cut our losses with Luque, we have ruined his career and where in the side will he play?

    Upfront we will have: Martins, Owen, Viduka, Ameobi, Alan Smith (?)
    On the left wing we will have: Duff/Zogbia/Emre/Milner

    I just can’t see where he would fit in (unless we had horrific injuries again). It’s not the same as last year where we had a ton of matches (intertoto and then europe) so the workload will be fairly light. We may even give the FA cup a serious run, and lets give Ameobi his dues before he got injured this season he looked like a different player and he is a Geordie.

    I hope all the best for lucky and do feel sorry for him after Roeders “I will give him a chance” and then never played him. graeme dev is right, it was definatly Shearers influence in the dressing room that got us the results last season.

  • Pete

    Jun 22, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    by lucky, I did of course mean Luque

  • David Miller

    Jun 22, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope Luque gets a chance, cause we’ve all seen the YouTube video of what he can do when he’s playing with confidence.

  • Pete

    Jun 22, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    David Miller, Boumsong can look good on thoose youtube videos

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 22, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Well…Smoke em if you got em…might as well try to get some juice out of that lemon. With a change of manager who knows.

  • nightfall

    Jun 22, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    they’re both good players…luque and boumsong…but with the managers we had after sir bobby…anyone would suck… if there weren’t for shearer we’d be in championship right now…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 22, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Pete – you’re right we need defenders – looks like Sam has missed out on Sylvestre, Ben Haim and Wes Brown – but still in race for Rozehnal and Luke Young. If we don’t get Rozehnal he may go after Curtis Davis of WBA – but we’re real short right now – particularly center backs.

  • Gordon

    Jun 22, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    To the question of ‘where would Luque play’. Here is the answer:

    If Albert Luque manages, under big Sam, to produce the kind of form he is capable of, I think the only player in the team capable of pipping him to a first team place is Michael Owen.

    Basically what I am saying is, he is one of the most naturally talented players in the team, and I hope against hope that he can turn things around. I still have faith in him and every time he gets off the bench I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard for someone in the black and white to just ‘Please, please, please have a bit of good luck, get a bit of confidence, and have a good solid game’

    So come on Albert, get it together and put it on the pitch!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 22, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Gordon – think we all hope you’re right – and if Luque can do it – he’d be a hero. It’s up to him though.

  • D.

    Jun 22, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Part of the problem is that we’ve never played the right tactics for Luque to shine in. He’s more of a second/wide striker than anything else and we’ve always played him as either an out-and-out winger or as a centre-forward — often as the target man. Some people have mentioned that they don’t see him fitting into the team anywhere; if we were to play a 4-3-3 he would slot nicely into the left-forward role.

    Just a thought.

  • johnny

    Jun 22, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #15

    how anyone can claim that luque has been given a fair chance i dont know. if sam can motivate him them forget where will he fit in…. it would be build the team around him. although i agree with the fact that albert has never given a 100% he has shown flashes of what he can do. the once or twice he has been allowed to play on the left (his favoured position) he has produced quailty. owen and viduka could thrive of it.

  • Steve Mills

    Jun 22, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Luques best postion has always been left striker in a 4-3-3. Big Sam has got a history of turning expensive flop signings at clubs like ours into successes. Look what he did for Jay Jay, Diouf, Campo even Kevin Davies who I seem to remember cost someone 7 million once. 4-3-3 was his favoured formation at Bolton with Diouf wide left. I’m sure he can get the best of Luque.
    I’m pleased to see he’s going to look the help players settle, it must be tough coming to Newcastle, its not London where people of all nationalities can settle. With Owen on the right and Viduka on the left we could be awesome upfroont, its got everything, pace power and flare.

  • Jacob

    Jun 22, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #17

    They say that form is temporary and class is permanent. I never did feel that he was given any kind of run in the team. Big Sam will definitely have his work cut out transforming Luque into a top premiership player, but if anyone can, Sam can. Considering the treatment he’s had, I also admire the way he’s kept his mouth shut and hasn’t gobbed off to the media about the club, or its last two dodgey managers.


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