Sam – Milner Needs More Sleep than Training


One of our very best young guns, James Milner, has had a tremendous run in the Newcastle side since the beginning of last season.

During the defeat at Manchester City last Saturday James looked particularly sharp again, especially in the first half.

His performances have not gone unnoticed by Big Sam, and while Sam sings the praises of James today, he is also very sage and even a little worried about James’ physical and mental state, because of all the game James has played during that time.

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James Milner – Sam has to stop him training too much in case he wears out

Sam talked this morning about James Milner:

“James is so enthusiastic about his game that we actually have to stop him doing stuff, and that’s always a problem,” “It’s quite a nice problem, but it is a problem because, at the end of the day, a young man of his age can still burn out mentally as well as physically.”

“With the amount of games he played last year and then going into the European Under-21 tournament in Holland, he has had very little time off.” “We are always holding him back, we are always sending him in because we want him to get enough rest.”

“James Milner’s progression has been fantastic, but my side of it is the vast amount of games at 21 years old he has played.” “While he might look physically capable of doing that, I have to be aware of the burn-out situation.”

“I am treating him very carefully at the moment and trying to get him to understand that, even as young as he is, one of the most important things is rest, not training, because the extra training could have a negative effect in the end.”

“The rest and plenty of sleep with the amount of games he has gone through would be more beneficial for him than too much training.”

We’d be surprised if Milner is not on the right wing for Newcastle tomorrow and we’d like to see a more aggressive and creative team starts the game. If we can get Enrique in at left back that will free up another of our young guns, Charles N’Zogbia to play on the left wing.  If Sam can also draft Emre into central midfield that would look a good team, certainly good enough to get all 3 points tomorrow.

Sam is predicting big things for the young Yorkshireman, who of course spent a season at Aston Villa from 2005-2006 and played over 30 times for the Villains. Allardyce continued:

“He is a terrific prospect and a lad who has come through the mill here.” “The club has tried to discard him twice – they loaned him out once and then tried to sell him the second time.”

“He was maybe not so well-liked by the fans to begin with but, all of a sudden, he has come through all that.” “And although he is still only 21, he is performing in the Premier League to a very high level.”

“People have forgotten just how young this lad is, but he has got vast experience in the Premier League now which means, in two or three years, he could be a really top player.”

James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia were both brought to the club by the the great Bobby Robson. It looks like the pair will be big stars for the club in the future, and they’re not doing too bad right now. Both recently signed 5 year long term contracts for the club. Come to think of it, we wonder how the contract negotiations with Steven Taylor are coming along?

We hope James is on form tomorrow to help Newcastle to the win they need to re-energize their league possibilities this season.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Lull

    Oct 6, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Well said Big Sam 🙂 Too much training will make you look tired on the pitch all the time like Milner does 😀

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  • toonfan1

    Oct 6, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    i heard that shola’s younger brother is much better then he is and we let him go to leeds!!! keep an eye out for him and wid beckford and kendol (unsure of spelling) out, ameobi could start next game.

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  • toonfan1

    Oct 6, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    also kendol is kazenga lua lua cousin does the same celebration as lomano lua lua

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Oct 6, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Hoping we tie down Taylor to a 5 year deal soon but has to be the right deal; i.e. fair to both player and club.

    The young guns of Milner, Zog, Taylor, Enrique, Martins, Krull, Carroll, etc are our future so need to mentor them and keep their feet firmly on the floor.

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  • Bill F

    Oct 6, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    I find comments of this nature a little perplexing. I was under the impression that Sam’s training regime was fitted individually to players to optimise their physical and mental conditioning. I would suspect a little kiddology going on here although I cannot see who’s benefit it is for.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 6, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Lamesley Mag – we may have to include 19 year-old Hexham born goalkeeper Fraser Forster shortly – in the very promising youngsters coming through – he’s playing great for the reserves in Krul’s absence.

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  • hadrian

    Oct 6, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    bobby has always been able to pick up gems , he’s picked up a few dud’s aswell in his time , but the good always outweighs the bad .
    he was spotting youngsters with promise all the way back to his ipswich days ….. he must have a great eye as i got a trial as a kid /primp
    i coulda made it !! honest guvner !!

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  • w2

    Oct 6, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #8

    he needs to learn from players that are similar to his style like figo and joaquin because he doesn’t have the pace like other wingers. i’d still choose bently over milner for crossing.. how come all that training his crosses are still bad.

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  • iain

    Oct 6, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #9

    if sam was/is so worried about milner why did his summer purchases leave us short on wide right cover ???

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  • leo

    Oct 7, 2007 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #10

    because he had to sort out the defence, it was more important, also duff if fit can play right wing and geremi can be useful there. beye has played there before in the past…

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  • leo

    Oct 7, 2007 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #11

    but we are without real quality in depth for that position and in attacking central midfield also

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  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Oct 7, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Stop complaining… Sam has given us a new defence, and EVERYBODY was whining(??) about it in the past.. That was his 1st. priority, right?? Now we only need to get rid of Carr and Baba and get in a new Left Back. (need competition, and Zog is far too good in midfield to play LB). If Barton is the kind of player that I hope he is, I think we will be a hard nut to crack for any team. 🙂
    PS: sorry for the bad spelling, but I’m from Norway. ( When I think of it, I don’t think my english is bad at all… I’m sure that I speak better english than most of you speak norwegian!!!) :))

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