If Newcastle are going to get a result at Ewood Park tomorrow, we need a lot more of our players playing up to their potential. And we need more leaders on the field too.
One of the players who can help Newcastleâ€™s turnaround has to be our Australian powerhouse striker up front, Mark Viduka.
Mark Viduka – back on the goals trail tomorrow?
Markâ€™s a much better player than we have previously given him credit. He takes as a lot of hammering up front and some of his deft foot-work is a joy to watch. But we also need some inspiration from the big man in terms of putting that ball in the net.
Markâ€™s been trying to get fitter but certainly looked off the pace last week against Liverpool. Heâ€™s been talking about his football today, so letâ€™s take a look at what he had to say:
“I want to get as many goals as I can under my belt. With every game, you get fitter and fitter, so hopefully it should not be too long.â€
“I’m very happy to be training and playing as normal. It has been stop-start.â€
“I was happy with my form last season and I was looking – and still am looking – to keep on going from there.”
Viduka returned to action after a calf injury for the derby trip to Sunderland and played a solid game in the fortunate 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light. But last week he was very much a peripheral player against the Reds. We feel that Sam may be tempted to partner him with Alan Smith tomorrow, whom he usually finds a place for.
If Smith is to play tomorrow, it should either be in defensive midfield or up front. And to be truthful, we probably need Alan in the starting line-up tomorrow. Alan can certainly provide the bite, determination and passion we just have to show tomorrow at Ewood Park tomorrow, if we are to take all three points.
Michael Owen is back from his thigh treatment in Germany, but is not yet ready to return. Weâ€™re not sure if heâ€™ll be ready for the next home game against Arsenal on Wednesday evening. Hope so.
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