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Keegan Ready To Unload Viduka This Summer

12:21 pm, Thursday, February 28th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

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 £65K/week at the club.

That will certainly help to loosen up the wage bill at the club.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

Tags: Mark Viduka · Newcastle News

39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 George // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    He was once a lovely gifted footballer, unfortunately his performances this season have been 3rd rate. Even Viduka can not be happy with his contribution so far. He has lost all ability to control the ball and it is like watching Sumo when he runs for the ball.
    Let him go when for all he was free, we may get a couple of quid for him as he is past his sell by date.

  • 2 staffsmag // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Well its no real suprise is it ? Fresh new blood is what is needed. Maybe Viduka can do a job for us for the rest of this season (if he stays fit) then the rebuilding can begin !!! Haway the Lads !!!

  • 3 Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    65k a week!!! p1ss take really isnt it.

  • 4 Hadji // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Better for him and better for the club.If he wasn’t injured so often he would have bagged 15 goals for us so far.

  • 5 ChrisM // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM




  • 6 ChrisM // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM


  • 7 sparetheman // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    I still think Viduka should be in the first team when available. I don’t know why people seem to think he hasn’t performed for us this season. When he’s been on the pitch he’s done a good job, it’s just getting him on the pitch that’s the problem.

  • 8 Graeme // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Viduka or Andy Carroll??

    Just no contest is there!!! One is keen, quick, brave and Viduka is slow and fat and past it. I would play Carroll as CF against Blackburn.

    Taxi for Mr Viduka and Mr Ameobi please.

  • 9 Martins // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    65k a week for doin f**k all

  • 10 Betting on the Toon // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Viduka’s past it – end of story. He was a decent player at Leeds and for a few years at Boro but he’s lost (what little) pace he had and, while he’s still skillful and will get a goal or two, he’s far too injury prone and not good enough for the top flight. His would be a welcome departure for me.

  • 11 Carr is shite // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Viduka is a sort of player who choose to perform when he wants to, and any coincidence that his best performances for boro is when his contract is up as he try to perform his best to attract any suitors. We don’t need a player like him as we have our own andy carroll who is better than viduka.

  • 12 Davies // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Screw him.

    Carroll should be partnered with Owen or Martins more often. One nice big tall lad that can cause a defence problems and score goals, one speedy little bastard that can hit the back ot the net. Nice combo.

    Smith can go as well.

    Be nice to try and snag Crouch instead.

  • 13 Eric // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Viduka is past his shelf (and bench) life. An expensive and persistent crock. But who will want him? As for that where can we unload Butt, Smith and Carr? HMP may want Barton but there’s no guarantee of that either. Get some safe points under our belt and then give the young ones a run.

  • 14 Gooderz // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Crouch would be good, or Pandev. Whilst potential targets should be skillful, every player should at least be tall or quick, if not both, to make a real difference to the current crop.

  • 15 Luke // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    all well and good, but we need someone better to replace him

  • 16 Hadrian // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    daily mail also is up to no good saying keegans about to walk , i hope you dont post that article like its gospel aswell Ed .

    id like to keep hold of viduka , him and oba would start for me .
    seeing as how they both have goals from open play they should be starting over owen and smith anyway imo .

  • 17 Rich // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    I would sell shola, viduka and smith – Bring in a top quality striker

  • 18 Bill F // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    As an anti W/V supporter I suggest if there are no comments already posted, any other similar minded people should make a pointless fatuous comment as I did earlier in the day. It’s fun to pi*s of other people sometimes. 😉

  • 19 Nobby's dad // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    George ……let him go he was free? He is I think on a 2 year contaract with an option of a third year ….therefore we cannot ‘let him go’ without cancelling his contract and paying him an agreed amount…. …say 1.5 million? That’s on top of the 2 plus million he’s had in wages. These ‘free’ transfers are never quite that!

  • 20 Bill F // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    I have been pushing for Carrol for some time and I think some of the other kids could make a real go of it as well.
    I have never rated Viduka. I really thought we had a good one in Smith to start with but unfortunately he hasn’t really been up to it although he is a trier. And chopping and changing where he is playing possibly does not help.

    I would stick Forster, Lua Lua, Edgar and Carroll in from now to the end of the season and try to filter in Tozer and Kadar as well I think they would do enough to get us to safety.

  • 21 Lawman // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    to be fair, Dukes haven’t been that bad and by no means one of the worst when you consider the likes of Smith, Butt and Ameobi. And when you talk about not being available for the team thru niggly injuries – at least he was injured for the Toon unlike Barton (who criticises the Toon army AND doesn’t perform well when he IS actually playing) thru stupid street brawls – THUG!!!!!!

    Anyways, my point is…. although not too bad a player considering the circumstances (injuries and lack of service), I wasn’t aware he was on £65k/week!!!!! If that is true, definitely let him go as I he should only be a back up player anyways imo (to Owen, Martins and even Carrol).

  • 22 magpie malaysia // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    for my opinion i say do not offload viduka..he plays well..i seen him on tv..he save newcastle match against derby..if he is not lack of fitness n injuries..den u will see him play well..get over him n play him more..

  • 23 Anon // Feb 28, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Is it ED writing these headlines or Anal Oliver???

    Come on ed, i expect better from this site……………your jumping on the guess reporting like the Southern Tabloid Scum and the Twat that is Anal!!!

    Wht “Source close to the club” do you know that is feeding you this shit????????

    Fact is, nobody knows who will be going and who will be staying……..
    Not even KK / CM / MA. It will all hinge in EPL survival and who would want to come here!!

    So Please dont lower yourselves ED.

  • 24 Macas // Feb 28, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Carroll may be young and keen but he has only a fraction of the skill and guile that Viduka has. Even if we keep him next season and use him as someone to come off the bench it will be worth it. I think people are forgetting that if we get rid of all our less desirable players then we also need to replace them, but the priority in the summer is getting in top players to go straight into the first team. Some of the current first eamers will be fine as backup next season. Back to Viduka, he is never going to run a round chasing defenders like Smith does, but give him the ball at his feet and he is capable of doing something out of the ordinary (unlike Smith!)

  • 25 Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT // Feb 28, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    indeed bill f

  • 26 Whitt // Feb 28, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    i agree w/ Macas. sometimes people confuse “creative” w/ quick…Viduka is easily our most CREATIVE in the squad. unless another team blows us away with a transfer amount, i’d rather have him involved for the time he is fit.

  • 27 ScottyT // Feb 28, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    well thats surprising isnt it another speculative media story about newcastle what a shock about viduka tbh its probably just bshit as usual from the papers only intended to cause trouble at our club again

    with viduka i still think if we can get him fit and playing regularly without all these niggly frustratin injuries he could be a good player for us. hes still got great class when finishing and like macas says he can produce somthing special with his skill. no he aint gonna run around cos basically hes fat and slow but on his day he can be deadly. we just need more of them days though.

  • 28 Stamford Toon // Feb 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Are you sure Viduka is not having the same problems as Owen ? No quality supply from the midfield !

  • 29 Ian // Feb 28, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Stamford toon, funny isnt it, none of the other strikers have a supply problem only Owen!!

    Viduka has scored more than any other striker at Newcastle per minute on the pitch, the problem is he is never on it, his scoring rate is over double £100k per week Owen!!

    He just needs to be on the pitch.

  • 30 m. // Feb 29, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    farewell vodka !!!

  • 31 Ausgeordie // Feb 29, 2008 at 1:37 AM

    I think the fact that he has retired from our national team shows he is past his best. He is good at holding the ball up but what we need is to get Carroll in their and give him a shot. We know what dukes is capable of – a good game and some good goals. What will inspire our players though is seeing some of the passion of the younger kids and knowing that with them on board we have brighter future.


  • 32 Ausgeordie // Feb 29, 2008 at 1:49 AM

    ANON I’m getting sick and tired of people like you posting on here telling ed to only print real stories. The fact is most people like Ed’s articles because even though someone else has said it first this is the only forum where we can all get a chance to respond. That is the main benefit of this site not that Ed has some amazing source hidden deep in the dressing room that means once in a blue moon he will get an exclusive.

  • 33 AdamCF // Feb 29, 2008 at 7:32 AM

    I just can’t believe that Smith gets a spot upfront before Viduka. And if Viduka isn’t fit, then play Carroll. Simple. I’d keep Dukes on the list longer than Smith anyway, at least he’s scored up front this season.

  • 34 elfer // Feb 29, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    for me fantastic news! he was a free transfer and we can sell him in the summer (hopefully!) to bring in a topclass striker! good news for me!

  • 35 whitey // Feb 29, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    good, hes a fat lump of lard, smith is just as bad. it needs to be owen and oba up front

  • 36 Dragoner // Mar 1, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    what annoys me about players like viduka is that they do not try and be the best they can be for their team. why doesn’t he try to lose weight? why does he look like he cant be bothered in some games? i do not want players like this at the club

  • 37 Dragoner // Mar 1, 2008 at 12:59 PM


  • 38 Dragoner // Mar 1, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    i agree smith is no good now, but i too would not put someone who doesn’t try in the first team just because they are better, it does not set a good example for the rest and will jus give the player a big head

  • 39 national news // May 5, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    live news the news

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