Kevin Keegan has talked about Mark Viduka with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, and itâ€™s good that we get some idea from Kevin as to what he really thinks about the 32 year-old 6’2″ Australian striker.
Mark Viduka – will get a run of games when he’s sharper
Most fans were surprised that Mark has been little used since Keegan returned to the club, and that was particularly true on Saturday, when Alan Smith seemed to struggle the whole game. Even the TV commentators were questioning why Viduka was left on the bench throughout the game.
Frequent shots of a fed-up looking Mark didnâ€™t help with the impression that Viduka was none too happy at not being played at all on Saturday. We never won any high balls in the air, at Villa Park, when we were attacking, and Mark’s heading capability plus his excellent lay-off skills seemed to be missed in the Villa game. We would have liked to have seen Mark in place of Alan Smith on Saturday.
Kevin Keegan told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œHeâ€™ll be a massive asset.â€ â€œHeâ€™s very focused, and weâ€™re working on his sharpness.â€ â€œHeâ€™s had a couple of setbacks in the last three weeks, but his training has been excellent.â€
â€œThereâ€™s no doubt about it, heâ€™s getting his sharpness back every day.â€ â€œWhen heâ€™s fit and feels ready, heâ€™s a handful in any league in the world and certainly in the Premiership.â€ â€œHeâ€™s certainly proved that.â€
â€œHeâ€™s the best at what he does in terms of holding the ball up and his strength.â€ â€œYou give it to him and itâ€™s like putting the ball in the bank as far as Iâ€™m concerned.â€
â€œYou give him the ball and he very rarely loses it. He can manipulate goals out of really tight situations.â€
Mark can be great on his day, but he’s been inconsistent at Newcastle, and really has been inconsistent throughout his career. He sometimes just doesn’t seem to turn up for games, and we hope Kevin can solve that particular problem.
When Mark’s on his game he can be an awesome player – and that’s what we need from the lads through the end of the season. Getting relegated is a nightmare we just cannot see happening this season.