Viduka Will Prove His Worth To Newcastle

Big Sam has been singing the praises of Big Mark Viduka, and rightly so.

Mark is a massive specimen at 6′ 2” and he is great at holding up the ball and playing it off and provides a very physical presence up front.

If Heskey is good playing with Michael Owen for England we see no reason at all why Viduka cannot be just as good a partner for Michael.


Mark Viduka – has played well for Newcastle so far and scored 3 goals

Heskey and Viduka are both the same height. We’ll not leave out our man of the match last week – Oba Martins because Oba will well turn out to be getting lots of games this season alongside Big Mark. Sam says Viduka is 6’4” but the records say anywhere from 6’1.5” to 6’2”.

Here’s what Sam said about Mark today:

“He’s a 6ft 4in centre-forward who has got a strike-rate of one goal every two and a half games. He is obviously one of the best in the Premier League.”

“We don’t play enough to him with the right quality balls just yet, but that’s because we are all new together.” “When we do, we will see the benefit of that, not just his hold-up play, but his goalscoring ability.”

“The more that gets used, the better we will become because the old saying is if your two strikers play well, then the team plays well, and that will never, ever change.

“Having Mark Viduka on goalscoring form is crucial for our success.”

We agree with Sam and we didn’t realize just how much a players’ player he is. His ability to hold up the goal is first class and he plays the ball off superbly at times. Alan Shearer was always good at holding up the ball and Viduka is in the same class. Mark also has very good technical skills which he shows often when laying balls off.

When we lost to Derby County Viduka was missing and Shola Ameobi just couldn’t get the job done. We looked on in anguish as the ball seemed to bounce off Shola every which way. That’s part of Shola’s game that needs big improvement and we’re surprised it looked so poor against Derby. Hopefully he can learn off Mark but he played with Shearer for years and doesn’t seem to have gained that particular skill.

Last Saturday Mark looked really good, especially in the first half and he also seems an excellent team player, never assuming he will be first choice in the team. His two goals against West Ham were superb and we’ll be looking for the same type of contribution on Sunday. Viduka is proving to be another of Sam’s great acquisitions. How much did we pay for him again, oh yes he was a free transfer 😀

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • true

    Oct 5, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I Agree Mark Viduka is a class act, only a little injury prone, we need cover for him, what do you think of Crouch, he big (tall) awkward, excelent first touch team player.

  • Rich

    Oct 5, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I dont know about crouch he acn be a handful for defences but wed have to pay over the odds to get him, think the money could be spent better elsewhere and look to europe for another striker.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 5, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    What about that Brazilian, Marta – scored a great goal against the Yanks the other week.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 5, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    shes a woman.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 5, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, and Dida’s a big girl’s blouse but he still plays for Milan. 😉

  • Rich

    Oct 5, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #6

    haha loving that! Dida ia a big woman!

  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    crouch would be an awesome signing, or that russian that plays for sevilla. kersakov i think his name is… opinion?

  • Steve K

    Oct 5, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Great piece Ed… Viduka has been a revelation. Never understood what a great player he is until I saw him in black & white colours.

  • Hadji

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Lukas Podolski on loan
    Vagner Love and Daniel Carvalho from CSKA Moscow would be perfect for us.

  • w2

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    alan smith vs gudjohnsen.. gujohnson hands down. gudjohson will be my choice to replace shola.

  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah but are they realistically going to sign for newcastle?

  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    i agree with gujohnson also great footballer and is proven in the premiership

    still think we need a right winger and someone who can play left back to give jose some experience

  • steve

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13

    maybe Vidukas 6ft 4 when he’s wearing his high heel studs – hope butt, smith and geremi aint our midfield at the weekend or we could be in trouble

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve always liked Klose – IMO he’s Germany’s answer to Shearer. I know we were linked with him once before, doubt he’d come to the toon unless we were in Champs League though.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Err I’d like Jo and Roberto Hilbert and a back up LB

  • ToonPipes

    Oct 5, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Got a mate whos Brazilian and he said that Wagner Love was cacka and that he spent all his time in the nightclubs …. i know that spending time in nightclubs is commonplace with most footballers, but he said NO WAY WAGNER LOVE – so ditch that idea ………….. Whilst on the point of speculating on players that we would like to see come to the club, would like to take the opportunity to vent one of my own pet hates …. people come on blogs and drivel out the names of a load of players they have seen on some computer game or on setanta sport or someat .. like some kid from Estonia.. GET A LIFE …if you knew what you were on about ye would be a scout ..

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 5, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    You’d have to be a professional player first in 99.9% of the cases, your writing the ‘drivel’.

  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #18

    you wouldnt have to be a professional player to become a scout but it def helps. toon pipes calm down a bit, its only a bit of fun

    to the kid from estonia, good on you, makes this blog really interesting when someone brings up a player that we may look at, even if they have no qualifications to say that they would be good at spotting talent….

    keep it light- like my rant haha

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Name me some scouts who never were?

    Personally i’d like to see a target man (ship out ameobi), a back up left back and a right winger.

    Target Man – Fonseca
    Right Winger – Roberto Hilbert
    Back-up Left Back – ?

  • Alex

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #20

    The player i would like to see replace Ameobi is Andy Carroll.Lets give some of the academy players a chance before taking yet another risk on another big money signing from a diffrent league than the premership.

  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #21

    i really dont know of any agents nevermind agents that were previously footballers to be honest, i was merely pointing out that you didnt have to be a footballer.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Tom_Toon – I don’t think Bobbie Dinnie played football professionally

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 5, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #23

    sorry, Bobby Dinnie

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 5, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Fonseca would harldy be big money 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 5, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #25

    your right though, keeep forgetting about Carroll

    we defintely need a Right Winger though.

  • Joe

    Oct 5, 2007 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #26

    We don’t need a right winger. James Milner is a class act.

  • Ashton

    Oct 5, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #27

    James Milner is shit
    he is slow as hell with old british school style and with pathetic dribbling besides he done nothing this season so far
    we need a righ winger some one like

    lucho gonzles
    daniel carvalho
    david bentley
    or the yanke landon donovanhe is a good player but too small not fat sam type

    and as for a target man

    dean ashton
    eidur gudjonsson

    backup left back

    dede he is 29 and he will give jose some experience in the left back position

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2007 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Carvalho, Gonzalez arent right wingers for one, and Gudjohnson isnt a target man. Also no point in buying Dede for back up as BVB want at least 6-9 mil for him.

    Milner isnt shit, but we do need a first choice right winger, i dont think he has been good enough this season to warrant a place in the starting 11.

  • azza jones

    Oct 6, 2007 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Milner is a good player but that kid never gets a break. He just looks tired but you have to admit he was one of our best last year…..He is still young.

    Some of the players that people mention here, man good thing DREAMS are for free…I think realistic players should be mentioned…

    Ameobi, Babayoyo, Carr all need to be sold in january or loaned provided we can get adequate cover. Carroll should be recalled for shola….

    Duff and Barton coming back will be a boost, I just think we need to sign some more youngsters we already have alot of good players and with no europe this season we will struggle to give top players the right amount of games…..

  • Elliott

    Oct 6, 2007 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #30

    We defo need to sign a pacey right winger and we need central midfielders who will either create or get in the box and support the attack. Barton will help a lot but we can’t just rely on him.

    I’d say we need 3 midfielders to be looking good. While I like Milner, you can’t help thinking that he lacks the pace to ever be an international so IMO we need a blistering RW. We really lack penetrative running from midfield.

    Because we don’t support the attackers, the strikers get doubled up and the moves break down and we inevitably give the ball away. We need to give defences something more to worry about. Whatever you think of Dyer, his direct running caused problems for opponents and created space for our strikers, which is at a premium at the moment with our style of play. We never replaced him and we never replaced Solano. I.e. a playmaker who can unlock defences and get some decent moves going.

    Basically we desperately lack creativity and pace in midfield. Any idiot can see that and hopefully it will be addressed in January.

  • Hadji

    Oct 6, 2007 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #31

    ToonPipes…What the hell are you talking about.So what if he likes the night clubbing,as long as he performs on the pitch thats all i care.Who brought them the Uefa Cup?!
    One more thing,Dimitar Berbatov while in Leverkuzen was known as one of the biggest night club spenders,did that affected his career…No.
    As a matter a fact,once they tried to stop him from the night life adventures,you know what happened….he didnt score a single goal in 8 games in a row.They realized what the problem was so they let him continue with his old style of life and then he started scoring goals again.
    The only reason i mentioned Love is cause i think that we can get him on cheap like Sevilla with Kerzhakov.

  • Ashton

    Oct 6, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #32

    gonzles is a righ winger and carvalho can play at righ wing position
    and gudjonsson is a target man he is 6.1 ft tall with big head
    so he is a target man

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Carvalho isnt a right winger, martins can play on the right wing, doesnt mean he is a winger. Mariano Gonzalez is a right winger but not Lucho. Gudjohnson isnt a target man unless you call Rooney a target man.

  • Ashton

    Oct 6, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #34


    piss off you fascist twat

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 6, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #35

    That makes sense ;l


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