Milner Will Not Miss Many More Games – Keegan

It turns out that James Milner has been involved in every Premier League game for Newcastle United this season, so a little rest on the bench, well at least in the first half, seemed OK yesterday.


James Milner – will not miss many more games this season

But Keegan has told James it will not be happening too many more times this season. James will want to be back when Newcastle meet Aston Villa next Saturday, after being on loan at Villa Park a couple seasons ago.

Keegan told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“I said to James ‘I don’t think I’ll be calling you in too often to say you’re not playing.’” “I just felt we had to try something different. I just felt that was the best way to go to give Emre a chance.”

“I also knew Joey Barton would cover that side (on the right wing) a little bit.” “It was just one of those things that you look at and think how do we just change things a little bit? How can we get a result?”

“James was unfortunately the one to make way, and I said to him it’s no reflection on how he’s played. He has played every game.” “The sad thing is that he’ll go away and play for the under-21s now, and in some ways that was in my mind as well.”

“I know Stuart Pearce will play him. He’ll rest him in the next one, but play him in this one.” “He needs resting.”

“He’s played nearly every minute of every game, and I think Charles N’Zogbia has as well.” “That’s more due to the injuries we’ve had, and the size of the squad.”

However, Newcastle fans know James Milner loves to play in every game, and he would have been disappointed not to start yesterday. But this is all for his own good, to save him from himself, if you like.

James just turned 22 years old last month, and he’ll be in action with Steven Taylor tomorrow night, for the England Under-21 side, who play Ireland in the European Under-21 tournament.

The game is at St. Mary’s Stadium, in Southampton, with a kick-off time of 7.45 PM.  England should win this game in a canter, and we wish the lads the best of luck.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Feb 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #1

    hiss not gonna miss any more games??!!…………….to bad.. 🙁

    PS: First here !!!

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 4, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Practice his crossing and he’ll be a much better player. He and Zog need to learn when to release the ball.


    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    In my opinion they are still both young. They need to have rests and we need to have a cover for MILNER (like we have in DUFF for ZOGGY). They need to understand, that in the PL you can not play every game!!

  • obafemimartins

    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    obafan2 did you see the list

  • MattyDread

    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    He looks quite simian in that photo…

  • Leo*

    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    once he has competition in the right wing position he will vastly improve, at the moment he isnt being pushed by anyone to do better in games, even though he works soo hard, and doesnt often put a foot wrong, one thing i hope he improves on is his crossing and timing a little.

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    obafemimartins, missed it mate which thread is it in?

  • Whumpie

    Feb 4, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    He needs to take a leaf out of Beckham’s book and spend half an hour every day after training just putting practice in on his crossing accuracy. Get that right and he’s top class with unquestionable attitude.

    But gawd, I miss The Nobster, Mr Solano.

  • micepie

    Feb 4, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    This has got to be a good thing. Milner gets a lot of criticism on here, but he’s always a livewire down the right whether he has a good game or an off one. And he’s a natural for the right wing so it doesn’t mean we’re going to be playing someone completely out of position.

  • LoonyToon

    Feb 4, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    He has alot of potential however he lacks a touch of pace…Whumpie…spot on mate…if he improves on his delivery then he could turn into a top class player…

  • Bob

    Feb 4, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Milner doesn’t have pace so he needs to rely on the quality of his delivery…. I think that, when he matures – and his delivery is more consistent -he will be a world beater.

    Until then, we need to be patient. He is hard-working with a great attitude….couldn’t ask for more right now.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 4, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    good delivery will make him DECENT, thats it. He will still be slow and lacking real skill. I don’t feel we should watse our time with this guy, there are better youngsters

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 4, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    ooooh great! 🙁

    We should get a new asprilla please, someone similar, like Jussie.

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 4, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #14

    He aint bad but the difference in class between him and SWP is emmense and shows how much he needs to work on his technique

  • Dunc

    Feb 4, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #15

    He does need to improve some but, what I don’t understand is why he was left out and we played Barton out of position down the right. Seemingly to accommodate Sticky Nicky in the middle of the park.

    Is that the way it seems or is it just me???

  • Jamie

    Feb 4, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope Keegan Realizes that we can play Milner, Emre and Barton in the same team, thus dropping the hopeless and useless Nicky Butt.

    With Milner, Barton, Emre and N’Zogbia accross the middle, I think we will finally see more attacking opportunities.

    Our defence needs to either be filled with well build pacey ala Richards defenders or quite pacey and very tall no nonsense defenders ala wheater and Huth, at the moment we are not intimidating to the opposition in our defense, if we were our midfield would push further upfield creating chances for the likes of Owen (still world class but lacking a little pace) and Martins.

    I like the look of Beye and Faye, also Taylor and with Enrique being young with plenty of time left to fill out and become hard left back, things do look like they are on the right track.

  • hanzemre

    Feb 4, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Milner has turned 22…hmm how come he is playing for England U-21 eh? Is he that good he’d ve got England senior call-up wouldn’t he? Sooner the better he knows to deliver the ball fast & accurately to our CFs.

  • Swede1891

    Feb 4, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Jamie youre completely right. (except that Owen is far from world class) Those four should be in the starting line-up in midfield. Does Butt have some special deal in his contract that doesnt allow him to be put on the bench regardless of how awful he plays??!! Why wasnt he taken off yesterday instead of Emre?? Its a mystery to me…

  • gloryhunter

    Feb 4, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    “Download a free PDF” file? Sounds dodgy to me like (intermitent ad at the bottom of the page)

  • valle

    Feb 4, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Milner dosnt only need to learn how to cross the ball, he gives away possesion time and time again with his bad dribles, and if for some reason that slow drible fools anyone then he will cross ofc?… No he makes another one and then one more till he loses the ball for sure.

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Milner is a goodplayer…i don’t know why people question his ability. he spend most of the time under BIG SAM playing as the only winger(too dependent on him) but now duff is back so we can get the best of milner…..


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