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:
â€œFor me, the prospect of the pairing is scary. â€œThey can both get and make goals for each other. â€œAnd if Michael stays fit both of them can fire in those goals and Newcastle can profit greatly from it.
â€œMick 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.â€
Both Mark Viduka and Owen have been injury prone throughout their careers â€“ with Mark’s injuries coming in the last few years. It’s going to be very important for the pair â€“ and for the Newcastle squad in general to get to the bottom of Newcastle’s long injury problems â€“ 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 â€“ who should also feature prominently next season.
Mark went on:
â€œI think Viduka will bring in exactly what Newcastle need. â€œAnd from Markâ€™s point of view, it is exactly what he needs at the age of 31.
â€œNo disrespect to Middlesbrough, but they are never going to be as big a side as Newcastle. â€œThe United fans demand success and Mark can bring them exactly that.
â€œHe 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.â€
Mark McGhee has recently taken on the role of new Motherwell manager in the Scottish Premier League â€“ but like a lot of ex-Newcastle players he still follows Newcastle’s fortunes.
â€œOut 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. â€œAnd I have to say I am excited to see what is happening at St Jamesâ€™ Park with the takeover and the new manager coming in.
â€œBig Sam will certainly shake things up at Newcastle, and that is what has been needed. â€œI think he will bring a different atmosphere to the club and that could make all the difference next season for Newcastle and their fans.â€
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.