Big Sam has been singing the praises of Big Mark Viduka, and rightly so.
Mark is a massive specimen at 6′ 2â€ 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 â€“ Oba Martins because Oba will well turn out to be getting lots of games this season alongside Big Mark. Sam says Viduka is 6’4â€ but the records say anywhere from 6’1.5â€ to 6’2â€.
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.â€
“We don’t play enough to him with the right quality balls just yet, but that’s because we are all new together.â€ “When we do, we will see the benefit of that, not just his hold-up play, but his goalscoring ability.â€
“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 😀