Kevin Keegan has today said he thinks that 22 year-old James Milner is a “gem of a player”.
James Milner – a gem of a player
And Kevin believes there is still lot more to get out of the youngster than Newcastle fans have seen so far, since he arrived in 2004, when the great Bobby Robson was Newcastle manager.
In the absence of Smith, Owen, Viduka, Martins and Carroll, James was used as a striker by Keegan last night, in our 2-2 draw with Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.
And James was involved right through the game last night, and his running into space helped to create a string of openings for the home side, during a good display from the lads.
If was Jamesâ€™ nice pass that set up Danny Guthrie for Newcastleâ€™s great second goal after just eight minutes.
Keegan told nufcTV after the game:
“He made the goal very cleverly for Danny Guthrie,” “Sometimes people say that his delivery lets him down but against PSV it was top class.â€
“He’s played up front but he could play anywhere, if you asked him to play full-back he could.â€ “He’s worked extremely well and has never stopped running.”
Milner will only turn 23 in early January and the Newcastle manager believes that we’re yet to see the very best of the former Leeds United young star, as he continued:
“”He’s a gem of a player,” “Everyone at the club loves him. He works hard in training and wants to improve himself.â€
“And I really think we are yet to see the very best of James Milner and that could be very exciting.”
He’s one of our favorite players and is already a tremendous professional.
While he’s not quick, James is a real footballer, and we’re sure Kevin Keegan will work out just how best to use the youngster to Newcastle’s great benefit this coming season.