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 â€“ for whatever reason. One of those players is obviously Albert Luque â€“ whose career has never got going (yet) at Newcastle.
A new manager can work wonders for some players â€“ especially when the manager shows confidence in the player â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ and the Geordie fans would surely support him – but it’s essentially up to you Albert.