Sam Allardyce talked today to the Evening Chronicle about a player who has been an enigma at Newcastle United for the last eight years â€“ Kieron Dyer.
Kieron has always promised so much â€“ and at times has looked great and been electric â€“ but he has never really lived up to his expectations at Newcastle.
Dyer was signed by Ruud Gullit in the summer of 1999 for â‚¤6M from Ipswich Town and is now one of the longest serving players at the club – after Shay Given.
Here’s what Sam had to say about Kieron Dyer today – and about his performance last night:
â€œWhen 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.“
â€œAnd, touch wood, he is now over some of the injury problems he has had and the more he plays the better he will get.
â€œHe is now at the right age as a footballer to become a major force, not only with Newcastle United, but with England as well.â€
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 â€“ we feel Kieron can do wonders for the team next year â€“ 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 â€“ and we believe Dyer will be motivated to play at his very best next season under Big Sam.
We’ll see of course â€“ once the season is underway â€“ 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? Â Whoops – I’m getting carried away again.
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