We’ve been critical of Mark Viduka over the past month or so, mainly because he is hardly ever available to play.
Mark Viduka – shown great form, guts and spirit in last2 games
But Mark has proved us wrong and shown in the last couple of games just how good he can be when he’s motivated. His last two performances, and a goal on Saturday, have been first rate, to say the least.
That’s exactly how we would expect our players to answer any criticism of them, and there’s no doubt Kevin Keegan seems to be able to get the best out of Mark, and as we’ve seen Mark’s best is very very good indeed.
Keegan talked about Mark to Newcastle World TV today.
“His vast experience and knowledge of how to play the role is invaluable,” “His goal last week was typical of him. It was a very tight space and he used a quick shuffle of the feet before working the yard to finish.â€
“But if you look back over his career he has been doing that for a long time.â€Â “For a big man he is unusual and that’s what makes him so special.” “He has tried hard to get fit because he’s had lots of niggly injuries.â€
“He played very well at Birmingham for long periods despite not being match fit and against Fulham it was a step up.â€Â Â “But make no doubt about it, Mark Viduka is a huge asset to this football club.”
We just hope that Mark can keep fit through the end of the season, and keep producing because his form can make us safe, sooner rather than later. We’ve also had to back-track on thinking Mark will be moved out in the summer. When he’s fit he’s just too good to lose.
But he must keep producing, and then somehow our medical staff have to work out in the summer how to keep Mark much fitter for next season. A fit and committed Mark Viduka is certainly a huge asset to our club, we have to agree with Kevin on that one.
What do you think?