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 Samâ€™s help. Mark talked to the official Newcastle United web-site nufc.co.uk 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 donâ€™t keep him from playing more games for Newcastle. However, he is missed so much when he’s out, we wouldnâ€™t at all be surprised if Sam drafts in another forward who can lead the line, and share the responsibilities with Mark. Weâ€™re certainly not the same side going forward without Mark.
Weâ€™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 Â£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.