Milner Excited About Next Season Already

One player we keep seeing clubs being interested in signing, and who we don’t want to leave Newcastle is young James Milner.


James Milner – looking forward to next season

We think Kevin Keegan can get the very best out of our best 3 young players in the side, Steven Taylor, Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner, and we’d like to see the trio still at the club come September.

But it does seem that James is keen on next season as he talked to Newcastle World TV today:

“If we start saying certain things it puts pressure on, especially if we don’t start as well as we’d like to.”

“But what I can say is that the club deserves to be in Europe.”

“It’s a massive club. I came to the club when it was in Europe and that’s where Newcastle should be.”

“I’d love to be part of a Newcastle team that wins a trophy, whether it’s next year or the years after. That has to be an aim.”

“But next year the aim is to get into the top half, secure a position and be in the hunt for European football.”

“We can do that – we know we can.”

Milner missed the last nine games of last season having injured his foot in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in March.

The 22-year-old is hoping to see the lads pick up where they left off last season and put a nice run together to start off next season.

It’s also good that James is getting a well deserved rest after being part of the England Under 21 campaigns over the last couple of years.

To start next season well, will be really important as James continued:

“We are a small squad and that’s been said before,” “So I am sure there will be names coming in and going out.”

“But if we can come back and start the way we finished it will give us a good platform to carry on.”

No sign of James wanting to leave Newcastle and as we said we hope he stays.

The next step for James is to try to push into the full England side, and he’ll need some consistent form for Newcastle to achieve that goal.

But it looks like that’s exactly what he wants to do.

He’s just a great young guy, and we’re pleased to have the likes of James at the club.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    but will you be here james?

  • Obafan

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope the Villa bid story is true and that NUFC accept it. He is an average player and is not as good as the most here think he is.

  • Faustino

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Smith and Duff can have there P45s but at least Milner wants to play here!

    Yes he may not be the most technically proficient but I think he could do a good job for us for the next year at least!

  • John

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Obafan could’nt agree more…Very average….If we got 7 mill we should bite there hands off…

    Also if we do stick with the 4-3-3 formation there is no place for milner

  • Marty

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    He has the ability to be a class player but aint put that ability into action yet n if he stays n doesn`t do it this season we def should offload him.

  • toonoholic

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Milner Excited About Next Season Already
    with which team jamie ?

    does any one feel milner and barry were almost alike 3-4 years back . just that barry has gone two leagues up?

  • Faustino

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Barry’s 27 though and James is not.

  • Eric

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Milner is no twinkle toes I admit but he wants to
    play for NUFC. At least until he gets his Villa shirt!
    We do need a quality number 7 and I don’t mean Barton.

  • Graeme

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #9

    As long as we start off the season with a higher quality, larger squad than we ended the last one with, it will be a step in the right direction. None of us know who KK is trying to bring in, none of us WILL know, until the transfer window closes.

    It hasnt even opened yet and people are getting despondant already!!! WHY?? We are far better off now than we were 4 months ago!!!

  • ScottyT

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    honestly some of you have very short memories.
    this season he was probably our most consisten performer and is one of our only few exciting players left on our team.

    only last season he was again one of our best players. what has he done to make so many turn against him. hes a tricky skilful lad who has a great chance to become a gr8 player for tha toon.

    hes also one of the few who seems to care about the club and always puts the effort and passion in. people like this who we should keep for certain – for me a player who has to stay next season.

  • MarK

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    gareth barry is also 5 years older than milner…. give him time and he will come good.. not every player hits their peak at a young age….I want him to stay

  • toonoholic

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #12

    barry is in the england team , jamie is u21 since 4 years .

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Milner has the potential to go far, there is a reason why teams like Villa and Liverpool are interested in him. It’s good to hear him looking forward to the coming season and with us is great news. Players like Milner are where this club need to be going. Having said that though if he doesn’t start to turn some of that potential into natural ability soon then it may be time to cash in on him next summer, not this one though.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #14

    dont want him to leave , final balls lacking but he’s played far to many games these past few year .
    the quality of his final ball will improve ive no doubt about that , and his lack of pace isnt a problem as long as he can still beat his man (unlike duff)

  • toonoholic

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    milner seems to be stagnated to be frank since 2 years . there is nothing new in his game now. He is a hard working lad without much skills.

    it is time he shows his POTENTIAL. else 7 mn sounds good.

  • Faustino

    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Put it this way…if you beleive that specualiton holds some truth… if Liverpool, Villa and Everton are after him, why don’t we keep him again?


    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #17

    totally agree with you Scottyt!!! why would we get rig of Quality young talant? when thats what the club want!!

    he’s passionate about the club, having talent and skill to build on!! he will shine in the right team! and im hoping thats NUFC!!!


    Jun 2, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Geremi is the one we should let go not Milner!!!

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I believe Milner is one of the players who is worth his wage ( as it isn’t one of the highest)

    He can still improve imo and hopefully under KK’s guidance this will happen.

    Rumours around are that KK has money to buy but wages need reducing first, I can’t see that selling Milner would reduce wages too much.

    I remember last year after some major dissapointing games alot, including me, we’re saying many players do not deserve their wages!!

    A performance related wage structure would be good for alot of players at NUFC.

  • Exile

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #20

    With Barton locked up, maybe there could be a more central midfield role for Milner, similar to what he plays for England U21’s. We should not be getting rid of our young players with potential, and James Milner, while the unfinished article was my man of the match a good few times last season. Would be a shame to see him go

  • James

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #21

    He could be here for 10 years and he’d still never learn how to cross a ball. As a striker someone like Milner would drive me up the wall — making runs into the box and turn round to see him running round in circles instead of crossing it in

    Both him and Bentley are the same age, and look how much Bentley has developed compared to Milner (he’s the same player we signed).

    £7 million would be good business for a player like Milner.

    If he stays then KK must find a new position for him (central midfield perhaps) because he is a joke on the right wing (like Geremi).

    What’s the point of having the best player in the premiership at making runs into the box (Owen) and having no one in the midfield capable of consistent crossing

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #22

    i can not believe that some of you want him to go!! are you guys for real!! he is constant and does score some valuable goals for us. he has an amazing engine and a genuine desire to play for us, never complains about money or anything. plus, there are teams far better than us that think he is good, liverpool want him in place of pennant, everton want him as do the ville. That in itself says something very good about the blokes character, he could go to liverpool and champ league but wants to play for us. i think keegan will raise milners level again and i am keen to see milner on the right and Turan on the left, with risse at left back crouch and owen up front and zogs in the middle left with barton (when free) on the middle right. i think that in that you will have a good attacking team but also a team that can get stuck in and have a go when needed to aswell. milner should stay.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Depending on who comes in am not too sure how big a part Milner will play next season but he is the type of lad we need to hang on to but after his involvement last season he may not be happy to have a bit part.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Well said Graeme & scottyT,
    Everyone…Get a memory!..& please calm down, there’s plenty of time to go!..
    …If we were 2/3 weeks away from the new season, then y’allowed to worry…But we’re no where near that yet!..
    …We’ll get sorted!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I agree with playin’ Milner in a more central role…’cos like some have said, he ain’t particulally a winger!..
    …& also, we haven’t seen the KK effect on him yet!..

  • doc

    Jun 2, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #26

    milner is class

  • Whumpie

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #27

    He’s pretty exceptional for his age, can only get better, and has the kind of attitude that the older players should be aspiring to. I’d hate to see him go, when KK can polish him into the real deal. A bit of cross accuracy training would be a start.

  • Leo

    Jun 2, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #28

    stop all the milner bashing its really getting me angry now you ungrateful bunch of brats

  • Jeff

    Jun 2, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I definatly disagree with those who think we should sell him. Granted hes no world beater but he gets stuck in, is a good crosser of the ball, plays in a position where we dont have many options and can run at people and beat his man. Plus he is still young and has unrealised potential. Thered be plenty id get rid of before him. In our position these are the kind of players we need to keep and improve. Its hard enough to buy quality – its not like we could go out and replace him at the drop of a hat.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #30

    we shouldn’t sell him……..yet…..but he’s not a great player. i like him for his dedication but he been average for 2 years now. Geremi, who goes to support the attack with a taxi, has much better stats them Jimmy.

    I say keep him for one more year and if things stay the same offload him.

  • Obafan

    Jun 2, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #31

    ToonKing – Indeed Geremi played a more important role than Milner even if he played less games than him.

  • Obafan

    Jun 2, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Take the £7m as quickly as possible. Okay he gives 100% but his stats are so average.

    I think all of you agree that we need more creativity in our team. and now I read that some of you hope Milner will be played in a central role, come on are you joking??? He isn’t able to create a bit of danger as RW; how on earth will he be able to do something in the center?

    Sell him and get ARSHAVIN in with the £7m (it won’t be enough money but it is a good start and add a couple more millions and we might get a chance).

  • Marty

    Jun 2, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #33

    “MIlner scores some important goals for us”
    Not very many at that and any goal for NUFC is Important as we score far too few.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 2, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #34

    I would not be surpiised if Milner went to Villa and I think he would do well there.
    I like the lad but seems to be in a bit of a time warp progression wise and if 7m came in I think I would take it..who knows Ashley could spend that on few nights out at the casino,

    I expect him,Oba and also Owen to go as the purse springs tighten..I am looking forward to seeing the club run at a profit and at least we will have the added amusement of a relegation battle to look forward to next season.

    No big names will be signed..people like Risse are way past the sell by date and I expect to see our rivals including sunderland to show alot more ambition.

    I just want money to be invested the last window was a joke and I fear this one will be similar.


    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Average for 2 years!!!!

    Are you stupid 06-07 he was player of the season scoring 5 and making 14

    Geremi more important ?

    yes a few assists and a couple of goals and a hell of a lot of wasted set pieces and square passes compared to James who with Oba, Taylor and Given/Harper kept us up the season before, I hate this crap from people who never see a live game yet make up drivel that is tottally incorrect and have the most ridiculously short memories.

    And by the way Jimmy is 22 and Bentley is 24.

    I will love it when JM is fit, Fresh and playing great again so you lot will shut up


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