There is a very good chance that our perennially injured Australian striker may actually make an appearance for us at Birmingham on Monday night.
Mark Viduka – we hope he can play against Birmingham
Joking aside, we are pleased to hear this because when Mark is in the mood (like he was against Derby with those 2 great goals) he can be a huge player for Newcastle United.
Newcastle’s goal scoring during our run of the last 11 league games has been pathetic with just 4 goals scored and 28 conceded. The fact that weâ€™ve played Smith up front in a lot of those games doesnâ€™t help, since Alan hasnâ€™t scored a league goal in 2.5 years.
But if Mark is available, it would be great to see him start alongside Michael Owen or Oba Martins. The two of them should be able to provide a solid goal scoring partnership between them, whether he partners Owen or Martins. We think Mark will likely start on the bench because Keegan has to find a spot in the starting line up for Oba Martins – he seems the hottest striker we have right now.
We have scored just 30 goals in our 29 league matches this season and Viduka has contributed five goals in three matches this season.
The problem we have with Mark is twofold
- He is out injured just too much – he has never started more than two consecutive games for the club this season due to injuries
- When he does play there are too many times when he seems uninterested on the field
But when he is interested he can look phenomenal, thatâ€™s the other side of this, and thatâ€™s why we pay the lad Â£65K/week.
We’re hoping that he will lead the line next Monday at some stage, because there’s no doubt we need some heroes in these last 11 games. If we stay up we know there’ll be 3-4 players who will come through for us – we just don’t know who they are right now.
Mark’s inconsistency can also be helped by Kevin Keegan’s motivational skills which are needed at the club now more than ever. If we can get a Blackburn type display from the lads next Monday night, it could be 3 points and a huge relief on Tyneside. Not that the fight would be over but Keegan would have a win and the 12 game streak without a win would be broken.Â 😀
There have been reports these last few weeks he would be available, and then a couple of days before the games Kevin announces he will not make it. So weâ€™ll just have to hope he’s fit enough. We need some heroes to step up, and produce the goods for Newcastle so we can bury this relegation threat, which has become more real with every defeat.
As we said earlier weâ€™d also like to see Diatta in there at least as a substitute. Keegan told the Newcastle Journal there was no need to have Diatta at the club to prove how good he was as a player. Apparently Kevin knew all about him as a player and his skill wasnâ€™t in question. But Kevin wanted to meet the player and see what he was like as a person.
Good move from Kevin because itâ€™s not the class or skill that has got us into trouble this season, but the commitment of a lot of our players.
Weâ€™re hoping the lads can wake up and put a string of wins together and then some of us can relax a bit. 😀
Mark can be a hero on Monday night after all his time out – if he can put a couple of goals in there for us – then we’ll be singing his praises. We’d like to be singing the praises of some of our players after the game Monday night, unlike the Liverpool game on Saturday.
Hope we can do that.