Michael Owen has been singing the praises of his big strike partner Mark Viduka.
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Michael talked about the three pronged Newcastle attack of late:
“The system with three strikers – myself and Oba with Mark Viduka ahead of us – is working because of the confidence of the players,”
“Obviously it’s a credit to the manager for choosing that formation, and if you have confident players, they will do well in most systems, but the manager has seen something in training and has chosen to play that way and it is working for us.â€
“We do dovetail quite well and the system gives me and Oba more space behind the front man. We know we can give the ball to ‘Dukes’ and he will hold it up and won’t waste it.”
Owen has praised Vidukaâ€™s instincts and technical abilities, saying that Newcastleâ€™s improved attacking play in recent weeks is down to the former Leeds strikerâ€™s awareness and possession play.
“You also need to know your players, and we know that whenever ‘Dukes’ gets the ball we can run in front of him or to the side of him or behind him and he will know where we are because of his great vision,”
“He has eyes in the back of his head and knows exactly where the other players are and my goal at Spurs was a perfect example: ‘Dukes’ knew I was in behind him when Oba laid the ball in to him, he just gave it a little reverse touch to play me in to score.â€
Michael Owen feels he could hardly have a more suitable player to partner him in attack, insisting his experience and playing style make Viduka a perfect match for both Martins and himself.
“Mark Viduka has proved over a long period of time that he’s a top player and with the way we are playing now everything seems to blossom – and ‘Dukes’ is a perfect example of that,”
“If Oba and myself were asked to vote for the type of player we’d like in front of us, we’d say Mark Viduka. And if ‘Dukes’ was asked to vote for the type of player he’d like playing with him, he’d probably vote for nippy players like Oba and myself.â€
“So it’s a good triple partnership!”
We’ve never seen Newcastle play such an effective 4-3-3 formation, which was brought about because Newcastle have 3 top strikers. With 4-4-2 one of them always starts on the bench, so it’s a great way that Keegan is getting the very best out of the squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce.
That’s nothing less than excellent coaching by Kevin – and it’s paying off big time for the club.
What do you think?