McGhee Thinks Newcastle Strike Force Will Be Deadly

Newcastle former striker Mark McGhee thinks that Newcastle’s new partnership of Mark Viduka and Michael Owen will strike fear into many Premiership defenders.

Mark spoke with Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today and we’ll take a look at what he had to say.


Motherwell Manager Mark McGhee

Mark told Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today:

“For me, the prospect of the pairing is scary. “They can both get and make goals for each other. “And if Michael stays fit both of them can fire in those goals and Newcastle can profit greatly from it.

“Mick Quinn and I had something we were proud to be part of, and it is flattering to be talked about in the same breath as a potential partnership of Owen and Viduka.”

Both Mark Viduka and Owen have been injury prone throughout their careers – with Mark’s injuries coming in the last few years. It’s going to be very important for the pair – and for the Newcastle squad in general to get to the bottom of Newcastle’s long injury problems – find the cause and fix it. We think that alone would go a long long way to making us a lot more formidable next season. Of course – we also have two other good strikers in Oba Martins and Shola Ameobi – who should also feature prominently next season.

Mark went on:

“I think Viduka will bring in exactly what Newcastle need. “And from Mark’s point of view, it is exactly what he needs at the age of 31.

“No disrespect to Middlesbrough, but they are never going to be as big a side as Newcastle. “The United fans demand success and Mark can bring them exactly that.

“He needs to perform consistently to get that success, but even though he is a laid back guy, I think he and Sam can put something together.”

Mark McGhee has recently taken on the role of new Motherwell manager in the Scottish Premier League – but like a lot of ex-Newcastle players he still follows Newcastle’s fortunes.

McGhee added:

“Out of all the clubs I played for in my career, I regard Newcastle as the dearest to me and hold them close to my heart. “And I have to say I am excited to see what is happening at St James’ Park with the takeover and the new manager coming in.

“Big Sam will certainly shake things up at Newcastle, and that is what has been needed. “I think he will bring a different atmosphere to the club and that could make all the difference next season for Newcastle and their fans.”

Mark had two spells at Newcastle. In 1977-1978 he played 28 games and scored 5 goals and then from 1989-1991 played another 67 games and scored 24 goals for Newcastle. He also played for Greenock Murton, Aberdeen, Hamburg, Celtic and Reading and in all he played 486 first class games scoring 170 goals. He also played for Scotland 4 times between 1983-1984 scoring twice.

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12 comments so far

  • Tony_D

    Jul 7, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange how Oba is not mentioned very much when our strike force is discussed.

  • nightfall

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #2

    since when are we interested in that khalid???:
    he sucked under one of the best managers there is…

  • ende

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Oba’s busy avoiding assassination attempts

  • Greg B

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Tony D, spot on. It pretty annoying when these people just assume Owen and Viduka will start if they are fit. Martins and Ameobi must be getting a bit knobbed off with it too.
    I think Shola will be expecting to be on the bench more often than not but im pretty sure Martins didnt come to Newcastle to keep the bench warm.
    Id have thought that all 3, Martins, Owen and Viduka would start some of the games but I personally think Owen/Martins would be a good option for some games and Owen/Viduka for others, maybe even Martins/Viduka occasionally.
    Id have thought Shola will be a bit part player next season (unless we get injurys) comming off the bench or playing in the league cup alongside Carroll.

    Basically I think its an insult to Sam’s tactical nouse to just assume ‘the’ strike partnership will be Owen/Viduka, IMO Sam will play the strikers he thinks are best suited to beating the opposition. With the squad he is building there will either be some very unhappy players sat on the bench (or not even in the 16!) or, more likley, players will play when Sam feels they are the right player for the job. I dont see him playing the Sam team against say Man Utd as he would against Fulham for instance, as of course Fulham play a totally different style to that of Man Utd, or at least they have in the past.

    The new word in Newcastle next season will be ‘rotation’ and not just a case of whos fit to play plays.

  • Greg B

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    That was supposed to say ‘same team’ not ‘Sam team’. Just thought id clear that up 😀

  • The Big P

    Jul 7, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #6

    What can I say, Greg B has illustrated something that is incredibly illustrious and possibly unheard of for a very long time on the turf of St.James, a selection headache, a real one.
    All three strikers, Martins, Owen and Viduka can all stand on their own two feet and claim the six yard box, even a fit confident Ameobi can do so. Martins will not be in the back ground next season as when he was playing in a team under Roeder management there was not a lot of quality when it came to attacking. Chances were few on most occasions, and yet Martins still managed to poke a few in quite nicely. Lets not forget his performances overall were also amongst the top three in most games.
    What about Dyer he can come up with the goods as a forward, this does help again with the depth in attack. Also dare I say it LUQUE, can Alleydice work his magic on the overpriced overpaid forward???? OK probably not.
    I think teams will be making their goals smaller when we play against them, or parking a bus in front of it, I’ve heard that somewhere before ……..

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #7

    TonyD – i noticed that – it will be interesting to see how much playing time Ameobi and Martins get next year – we should be able to use all 4 strikers though.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #8

    GregB – good point – Ameobi and Martins would be good together – but it does show we have 4 good strikers – we think Shola will surprise a lot of people next year – in how good he could be – after fully recovering from injury.

  • Die hard toon

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #9

    i think newcastle will be playing a 4-3-3 system next season Michael & oba up front with Mark right behind them with Luque and Ameobi on the bench. I think Luque would make a good midfield playing though hmm.

  • Jinal

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Any word on what’s happening with Luque? With all the transfer speculation, details surrounding his future have just died down. Is Allardyce going to be giving him the kiss of life or one of death?

    And I also read a piece on NOTW that we will be targeting Raul and/or Deco in reference to the transfer that is to “stun the football world”. But I’m sure Ed will be presenting a piece on that anyways 🙂

    Cheers lads!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Die Hard Toon – will be very interesting to see how Sam handles Luque next year – the guy certainly has bags of skill – and could still do a job at Newcastle with a little bit of confidence building form Sam and his staff.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #12

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