Newcastle’s Milner Ready for Another Great Season


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.

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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:

“I don’t care, I don’t feel jaded or anything like that,”

“Wayne Rooney said he was ready to start playing football after a couple of weeks off this summer and I’m exactly the same.”

“Sometimes you don’t know what to do with yourself when you’re not training and playing.”

“I’ve had enough rest and I’m raring to go again. I’ll be perfectly happy to play as many games as I did last season again.”

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 – and we still ended up with Viduka, who will also be starting at Bolton today.

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6 comments so far

  • nightfall

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    he’s great..just what any team needs… last season when things have gone so badly for us…he was still enthusiastic…plus he’s got talent, so…there’s nothing more to say… just…offer him extension to his contract…for about 10 years 🙂

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  • t-g-w

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    We’re playing a 4-3-3 today according to the times… Smith will play in midfield with milner and Martins falnking Viduka in the middle.

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    t-g-w that would be gr8 ….hopefully the other two midfielders will be butt and geremi.

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    why should Milner play 3th striker ?? he’s not really good at it. I would use Luque :

    …………Luque Viduka Martins

    …………Milner Geremi Smith

    ………The Zog Rozy Taylor Carr
    ……………….Harper

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  • Hammy

    Aug 11, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    ToonKing….. 3th? …..is Luque still not out with a groin strain or is he in the squad?

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  • Rob Kirton

    Aug 11, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Couldn’t agree more with nightfall. Sign him up for 10 years :0)

    When playing as an out and out wide man, expected to whip in the crosses for the centre forward, the end product hasn’t always been there, but he certainly has been getting better. Crossing definately has bee his weak point, at least with Geremi in the team we won’t have to suffer any more corners not clearing the front stick.

    Don’t want to sound too churlish as his all round play has been good (and improving). On occasions if expected to play in a 4-3-3 I can see him thriving up front, think Roben at Chelsea. He has the nous, the ability and the stamina to cover the gound if it is flexible 4-3-3 changing to 4-5-1 when defending

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