James Milner was one of our best players at the club last season. He would probably win the vote as best player with another youngster, born in exactly the same month as James (January, 1986), Steven Taylor, getting runner-up.
These two will again be key this season to the Newcastle team and the attitudes of our England Under-21 Internationals are first class.
James Milner – important player again for Newcastle this season
James admits in an interview with the Journal today that he’s only too happy to start playing again after being a bit bored over the summer.
Milner has had probably the shortest break of any Newcastle player this summer, but he is still adamant the start of the new season has not come quickly enough for him. This is what James told the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œI donâ€™t care, I donâ€™t feel jaded or anything like that,â€
â€œWayne Rooney said he was ready to start playing football after a couple of weeks off this summer and Iâ€™m exactly the same.â€
â€œSometimes you donâ€™t know what to do with yourself when youâ€™re not training and playing.â€
â€œIâ€™ve had enough rest and Iâ€™m raring to go again. Iâ€™ll be perfectly happy to play as many games as I did last season again.â€
Milner now has two of his ex-Leeds United team mates with him now at Newcastle, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith. He played 53 games for the club last season, despite former manager Glenn Roeder almost selling him to Aston Villa a year ago until the Mark Viduka transfer broke down. So glad that deal fell through â€“ and we still ended up with Viduka, who will also be starting at Bolton today.