Viduka – Vital Player for Newcastle this Season

It looks like our Australian striker Mark Viduka is ready to put his fitness problems behind him, and rediscover the scoring touch which saw him score three good goals in his first five starts for Newcastle.

Mark Viduka has been injury prone most of his career, and the striker has been restricted to just seven games under Big Sam Allardyce, with his most recent problem, a slight calf injury, keeping him sidelined for six weeks.


Mark Viduka – an important player for Newcastle this season

Mark was back in the team on Saturday for the derby draw at Sunderland, and showed how much he is missed with a good physical display despite not being match fit.

But Mark is an excellent player, make no mistake about that, and he seems determined to get fitter and get over his injury problems with Big Sam’s help. Mark talked to the official Newcastle United web-site this morning:

“It was great to come back into the team for the derby game and I felt good to be honest,” “You just want to play games but the international break is a good chance to work hard on my fitness ahead of Liverpool.”

“It’s been frustrating being injured this past month or so, especially because I was in decent form before the injury.”

“I’ve scored three goals so far and I’m hoping to add to that in the next few games.”

“December is a busy month but we’re looking forward to it and the draw at Sunderland gives us something to build on after a couple of poor results.”

We really hope Mark can work hard so these niggly little injuries don’t keep him from playing more games for Newcastle. However, he is missed so much when he’s out, we wouldn’t at all be surprised if Sam drafts in another forward who can lead the line, and share the responsibilities with Mark. We’re certainly not the same side going forward without Mark.

We’d love to see Nicholas Anelka join Newcastle in January. We think he would jump at the chance to join the Tyneside club, and he also seems to have matured a lot in the last couple of years. Of course Big Sam signed him for Bolton in August of last year for a Bolton club record fee of £8m from Fenerbahce. Whether Bolton will allow Nicholas to leave is another matter, but Mark cannot do all this on his own, and Ameobi just isn’t good enough.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    2 playrs comin in jan will make him a not so vital player for us.. though he’ll be much needed for his experience

  • Rich

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I like Anelka also, but he will be 29 next year and i dont think we should spend stupid money on him, same goes with Gudjohnsen good player but we shouldnt spend over the odds on them if we go for a striker!I think Viduka is crucial to us, no matter if we get another striker in, the guys class just needs to stay fit.

  • Shane Coghlan

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Berbatov would be ideal 😛

  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s becoming apparent why BSA is trailing Edmilson. We do require another DM with good passing ability. Looks like Shola will also be surplus to requirements, but is a hot-shot youngster really what we need? Wouldn’t we be better off pushing Alan Smith up front? I think Emre really hasn’t shown that he can dictate a match and was pretty much anonymous on Saturday, so a playmaking midfield player is a must! N’Zogbia needs to be let of his leash to attack on the left wing, so another LB to fight Enrique would be good, ideally someone with blistering pace. And then lastly we need a winger, especially on the right. Someone with all the right attributes and a quality final ball. Summarise we need:

    Playmaker – Not Riquelme too temperamental, Arshavin was a good call, could also play on the right.
    Defensive Midfielder – Edmilson seems to be the man, if fit
    Winger – Arshavin could play, but Diouf would be excellent in addition.
    Left Back – Not sure here, doesn’t have to be a big name, but pace in abundance would be good (Evra type).

  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #5

    We don’t need strikers – FACT. We’re not supplying Viduka and Owen with enough service, and martins is making his own chances. It would be a mistake to sign another striker and try to keep Viduka, Owen and Martins happy. Most likely Martins will become unhappoy and want to leave, which would be a huge mistake!!!!

  • ToonKing

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m with cash, another striker is not a priority, a right winger and backup fullbacks are.

    However another striker wouldn’t hurt i’m hoping that Ameobi will leave.
    I don’t think we have much chance to get Anelka or Berbatov. They will want to go to bigger clubs for big big money, especially Anelka. Berbatov is pursued hard by Fergie and should he get him i think we should look at Saha, he is a great forward. If not a very good signing imo would be Dean Ashton.

  • david bulman

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    agree with kash,strikers are getting no service,smith useless in midfield,all he does is dive in and give away frees.geremi not up too much,let enrique play at the left back and nzogbia in midfield,nzogbia not a fullback.faye should be our holding midfielder and let rozenhal in the centre with taylor or cacapa

  • Kash

    Nov 13, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Geremi is a good utility player, play him in midfield or right back. At least RB isn’t a priority anymore. LB is a bit more worrying, ideal situation is Riise becoming available, brings alot of qualities we need. But service is what we need and players who are capable of providing service in tight situations should be considered high priority!

  • Leo

    Nov 13, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    anelka or berbatov would be awesome, but if viduka can get back his fitness and thus his scoring touch then we wont need them until the end of the season

  • dragoner

    Nov 13, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    agree with kash comment. nicky shorey would be a good target for left back due to readings awful form this season. toonking why saha? he is good but why do we need another injury prone striker. we already got michael lol

  • Bill f

    Nov 13, 2007 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Dragoner, he also couldn’t get away quick enough he didn’t want us and I don’t want him. Viduka seems to be the hokey cokey man, in and out all of the time, the only really fit striker never seems to start or as often as he should. Its a strange way to run a team.


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