Mark Viduka’s future seems to be in some doubt, with the Daily Mail reporting today that Mark is ready to leave the Tyne-side club in the summer.
Mark Viduka – Kevin ready to let him go in the summer?
The Australian will likely be included in the Newcastle squad for the game against Blackburn on Saturday, and we were hoping he would start alongside Michael Owen and replace the ineffective Alan Smith.
We were also told last Saturday that Mark was not fit when he was not included in the squad for the game against Manchester United.
However, the Daily Mail is reporting today that Viduka was keen to be involved against the Premier League champions and he apparently trained on his own the Friday before the game – in an attempt to ensure he was fit.
But it seems that Keegan has not been too impressed with Viduka since he succeeded Sam Allardyce, and has continually chosen Michael Owen and Alan Smith as the front two. But Mark has also been injured for a lot of the time Keegan has been at the club.
The Mail says that Kevin will listen to offers for Viduka in the summer, when it is expected the former Middlesbrough and Celtic forward could even move to the continent.
Mark is a good player and he was a good acquisition for the club when Big Sam got him on a free transfer from Middlesbrough in July. But he is also very injury prone and is often not available through niggly little injuries.
He has appeared 20 times for the club this season, with 13 starts and 5 goals.
It seems that Kevin will be bringing in at least one big forward in the summer, and with young Andrew Carroll pushing for a first team place also, Kevin probably thinks he can offload Viduka, who is reported to be on around Â£65K/week at the club.
That will certainly help to loosen up the wage bill at the club.
What do you think?
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