Keegan – Viduka Huge Asset To Newcastle United

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.”

“But if you look back over his career he has been doing that for a long time.”  “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.”

“He played very well at Birmingham for long periods despite not being match fit and against Fulham it was a step up.”   “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?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • nate dawg

    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    how about play him every other game kinda thing like chelski do with makalale, get him out for special occasions offer him a part time coaching position would allow us to play martins and either carrol or one of the big strikers we are being linked with up front with owen linking

  • HeronMag

    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll admit I’ve been a critic of Fat Duka myself but you have to give it to him, when called upon he does the job.

    Hope he carrys on with this form to the end of the season.

  • Stami - PLAY CARROLL

    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    so KK has praised Owen for a week or 2 now. Now he has started with Mark! what about OBA!!! he is going to leave if he does not feel he is an asset to the club! imo the best striker we have!!!

  • chappa

    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    av always been a big fan ov the duke.on his day u can put him against any striker in the EPL..hes strong,good in the air,got a fine first touch,he’s not the quickest ov players but put the ball at his feet in or near the area and he’s more than likely to find the net!
    more from the duke please 😀


    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    makelele is way different thing!! Look how geniously claude plays…but a fit VIDUKA is a real treathment to every defense, no doubt about that.

    I love oba! But I really think he has to produce a goal sooner or later, becouse the other two s up front do! go oba and mark a hattrick! 😉

  • Leo

    Mar 27, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    he does look fitter than previously but i think he needs a prolonged place in the team where he can score lots more goals

  • Steve K

    Mar 27, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    The Duke never deserved some of the criticism here. One of the very, very few truly class players we have.

  • ken from jarrow

    Mar 27, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    No point having a class player if he is not fit to play most games. We have a good strike force on paper but the reality is different so far. Why do people keep saying Oba is going to leave when he keeps saying he wants to stay and loves it here at newcastle? Is Mystic Meg writing here as well

  • Steve_48

    Mar 27, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Hands up I’ve criticised him too, take it all back on evidence suggested through the last two games, hold up play and upper body strength are an asset when it comes to close control.

  • clinta

    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #10

    the problem with viduka this season has of course been fitness which has aided in getting his niggling injuries, i think the key to getting the most out of him is keeping him fully fit through the pre season, before he signed for us he was thinking about moving to the A league or elsewhere and was not focused on his football, due to this he put on alot of weight and lost his fitness, he looks better now though than he did the last couple years for boro, so credit to the coaching staff and mark himself for that one.

  • Elliott

    Mar 28, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    I just wished we’d signed him from Celtic/Zagreb all those years ago when we had the chance.

    Young Shearer and young Viduka would have been awesome.

    In his day, on his day, he was one of very few almost unstoppable forwards. Anyone see that Liverpool match where he just took them apart?

    To be fair when he’s fit he still looks the part, if a bit slow. Still he turned Woodgate (one we hail as a top 5 prem CB) inside out when we drew at Boro. More of that please in the last 7 games. He’s quite capable of scoring in all of them.


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