Sam Allardcye talked to Newcastle World today about Albert Luque – who has been almost a non-existent player since he was signed by Graeme Souness from Deportivo La Coruna.
Luque signed for Newcastle on the last day of the transfer window in August 2005 for a fee of Â£9.5M, arriving from Spain with a very good reputation.
Sam obviously realizes the undoubted potential of a player who once fired 13 goals during a season for Deportivo – so let’s take a look at what Sam had to say.
For the record Luque has made 35 appearances for Newcastle (15 starts)Â and scored 3 goals. While at Deportivo from 2002-2005 he played 129 games for the Spanish side (80 starts) and scored 32 goals. He has represented Spain 12 times and scored 2 goals. He can of course play left sided midfield or as a striker.
Here’s what Sam had to say about Albert today:
“It would have been nice to have had Albert in Austria as he would have benefited from that but his attitude has been exceptionally good. “I had a little talk with him before we went off to Austria as he flew over to see me.
He got married at the weekend but hasn’t had a honeymoon, he’s been in at the training ground on his own for the last couple of days and it shows he’s willing to come into the fold.”
“Hopefully we can get more out of him than in the past. Having spoken to Albert he’s not wanted to do anything else than be successful at Newcastle,”
While he’s had a bit of criticism about the size of his fee and some performances have been disappointing, from his point of view he does not feel like he’s ever been able to grasp his chance because of serious injury and time taken to settle in.
He’s been fighting against that in the last two years but hopefully we can get more out of him and if we can do that we have another very valuable player on our hands to play for Newcastle United.”
We agree with Sam there â€“ Luque hasn’t been given any kind of run in the team and Roeder almost completely ignored him last season. Glenn preferred to play almost anybody but Luque in the team and that’s difficult for any player.
It also didn’t help Albert’s confidence â€“ which is the first thing Sam must repair to get Luque back to his best. But if Sam and his team can get the best out of Luque – and we know Sam has an excellent reputation in that area – then Albert can still do a job at Newcastle.
Luque must work hard and give it everything he’s got – but we see no real reason why Albert can’t make a comeback and show the Newcastle faithful just what he is capable of. That would be a win for Albert, a win for Sam and most of all a win for Newcastle United.
Go for it Albert.