Time Newcastle’s Kieron Dyer Produced Big Time

Sam Allardyce talked today to the Evening Chronicle about a player who has been an enigma at Newcastle United for the last eight years – Kieron Dyer.

Kieron has always promised so much – and at times has looked great and been electric – but he has never really lived up to his expectations at Newcastle.

Dyer was signed by Ruud Gullit in the summer of 1999 for ₤6M from Ipswich Town and is now one of the longest serving players at the club – after Shay Given.


Kieron Dyer

Here’s what Sam had to say about Kieron Dyer today – and about his performance last night:

“When has Kieron Dyer never looked sharp? He has the quickest feet in the game and he has the sharpest touch on the ball I have ever seen.

“And, touch wood, he is now over some of the injury problems he has had and the more he plays the better he will get.

“He is now at the right age as a footballer to become a major force, not only with Newcastle United, but with England as well.”

Dyer has exactly 250 appearance and 36 goals as a United player, about an average of 30 starts (and 4 goals) a year despite his many hamstring injuries.

It may be that the intensive medical treatment Dyer has received and the wisdom of Glenn Roeder in holding him back at the start of last season (to be 100% certain he was fit and ready) could well have paid off for Kieron. When he did come back last season he often looked great and soon made the England team again. However, as time went on Dyer went off – but so did most of our players towards the end of the season because of the dismal and depressing results.

We think what Sam says above is important because he – like many other managers – think Dyer’s a very special player and we can’t think of a better manager to get the best out of him than Big Sam. If Sam can inspire Kieron to give his best throughout the season – and keep him fit – we feel Kieron can do wonders for the team next year – wherever Sam plays him. Maybe he becomes the super sub – because of his versatility – and plays wherever Sam thinks he can change the game.

Having a great season would be a good back-payment from Dyer – because the club has looked after him very well these last couple of years – and we believe Dyer will be motivated to play at his very best next season under Big Sam.

We’ll see of course – once the season is underway – but it’s certainly true that a lot of our squad need to play a lot better than they have done the last couple of seasons. We have faith that Sam will be able to accomplish this difficult task.

Fourth place next season lads?   Whoops – I’m getting carried away again. 😀

Comments very welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    no reason why we cant finish 4th next season, Arsenal are a spent force now they have lost Henry, i cant see regular goals coming from anywhere else in their team and there is nobody else that i would say has as much potential as us and now with Big Sam we can fulfil our potential and other than Man Utd, Chelsea, and liverpool if we can fulfil our potential there is no other team in the premier league that comes close to us. Maybe even 3rd 😉 if Sam sorts the defence out.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    OBA REJECTS ARSENAL!!! i was just watching Sky sports news and apperentlly Oba has snubbed an offer from Arsenal!

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 18, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    There is no doubt that Dyer needs to give something back to this club. He is on a huge wage packet and must justify this to the new owners. On the plus side though he looks sharp and fit and when he did return last season was anxious to make all the right noises. Saying such things as he is determined to play and realizes how important it is to him to be at the top of his game for Newcastle. I think top four for us is unlikely as despite loosing Henry I still believe that Arsenal are very efficient at what they do. Top 6 is a must, but let’s give Sam time to build our consistency first as that was lacking under Roeder.

  • Callum

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    This season, I dont mind where Newcastle finish aslong as they dont get relegated ofcourse 😉

    Its next season where Sam’s magic will start to take affect and he should have his own squad by then

    Regarding Dyer, If he can perform cosnistently for the season he’ll probably be Newcastle’s best player, lets wait and see.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Also just read that Owen has come out and said he wants to be the captain! so at least we definatly know he is not planning on going anywhere and with Oba rejecting Arsenal its been good news all around from our strike force!

  • Kash

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    F&*^%&^ng YEAH!!!!!!!! Champions League here we come!!!!!
    BUT, and a big BUT, ONLY if we sign the 3 big, strong, tall, imposing defenders we need across our back line. Liverpool and Citeh are going for Chienllini, who’s a massive left back. I’d have him. Or possibly it could lead to us getting Riise, who’s class especially with his cannon left foot!

  • Josh

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Where was the information on Oba and Owen??

    If they stay this year we will be a STRONG Force but as said DEFENDERS DEFENDERS DEFENDERS OH YES!!!

  • jeff

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    To be honest I dont know how Dyer is still at the club,but he is and we must get behind him.But and its a big BUT,he needs to perform this season.He owes Newcastle as a club and he owes us the fans big style…….No more huffs,no more tantrums….get your finger out your arse and get performing mr dyer

  • dan

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    I wish everybody would stop talking about where we are gonna finish this season! as long as we steadily and noticeably improve each year, it doesn’t matter – we’ll get there in the end!

    Dyer needs an excellent season, i think he’s definately capable of lifting the team and getting us back where we belong. I personally think his confidence can be a little fragile…so lets stick with him throughout the season and let sam be the judge.

  • jeff

    Jul 18, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree Dan,the season hasnt started yet..Like Allardyce says we need to lower expectations so to me anything below 12th is a very poor season,as long as we improve on last season and actually start being able to play well and try in every game then we should do ok…anything else is a bonus this season….Im hoping we can maybe get in top 7 anything else is a fantastic bonus like I say.

  • Steely

    Jul 18, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Cockney Magpie – just seen your post and have been looking at Sky Sports News and on the SSN Website but not even a hint of the OBA REJECTS ARSENAL story….presume they dont think it’s a big enough story!
    Personally I think it’s great!! EMO and OBA up front with VID in support (and even STROLLA if he keeps bangin’ them in) would be an ace front line up! But as everyone’s said….get some more bloody defenders in!!!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen info was on football365.com i think and i saw the oba info on the sky sport news channel on tv i think they said it came from the daily mail or the express?

  • Dave

    Jul 18, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes, Dyer needs a full season of good performances and man do I hope he gets one. As for fourth…I think you’re setting yourself up (Toon styleeee) for another disappointment. Automatic UEFA would be gobsmackingly good, Intertoto would do, I’d settle for consistant top half throughout the season truth be told. We have to remember that there are a lot of other prem clubs building as we are. Most notably Spurs and Toffees. The toffees will drop off this season I reckon. The bench-mark has to be Spurs don’t you think?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I think spurs will be strong but i think we will be better if Sam sorts the defence and has all our other current players playin wel, plua im not expecting 4th dont get me wrong ive learnt from all the stress headaches over the last few years im just sayin with the players we already have and the defence we are promised its definatly possible.

  • Evan

    Jul 18, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15
  • Duncan Disorderly

    Jul 18, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with Jeff – don’t know why he’s still there but let’s get the best of him. We give too little attention to sicknotes when we acquire players and when we realise we’ve got one, we should be getting them fit and shipping them out – you can’t win things with a playing staff that can’t take a few knocks and are out constantly. I believe Dyer and Owen should be on their last chance. Owen especially needs 2-3 games back after each knock before he fires again and we just can’t afford to carry people – that’s been the case throughout his career.

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Jeff – 12th would be a total failure m8.
    Any Uefa place will do me.
    I do think top 4 is beyond us at mo, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.
    Dyer owes this club big style, and that means a FULL season flat out. On the pitch not in his sick bed!. Trouble is I just dont think its in him IMO
    This is defo his last chance to show what he has or not, and I’m sure he knows it.

  • Lin

    Jul 19, 2007 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I wonder at which position Dyer will play. Right or centre midfield? I think Barton will take the centre attacking midfield and Dyer could be the first choice as a right winger for Sam. Just see last match against Hartlepool, in which Dyer played as a right winger. And when Barton is not in the field, Dyer can play as a centre midfield which he himself prefers, and Milner will take the right winger. I am worried about emre’s future at Newcastle. Sam will not use him as a defensive midfield and Emre will the third choice for the attacking midfield in Sam’mind. Anyway, when all the players are back,including Emre, and the new boys are brought to St’James Park, we can see who is fit enough for the regular team.


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