Keegan – Milner Is A Gem Of A Player


Kevin Keegan has today said he thinks that 22 year-old James Milner is a “gem of a player”.

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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 James’ nice pass that set up Danny Guthrie for Newcastle’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.”

“He’s played up front but he could play anywhere, if you asked him to play full-back he could.” “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.”

“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.

Comments welcome.



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444 comments so far

  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Good attitude, good work rate, good stamina – poor end product. Fix that last part and he’ll be awesome!

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  • Macas

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Nice to see the lad get some credit after some of the unbelievable comments he gets on this blog. He might not be world class but he is a good solid professional and was one of our better players last year.

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  • Chicken

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Yep, totally agree. People like MAG PIE and ObaFan2 should be ashamed of themselves. He has been one of our most consistent performers of the last 2 seasons. We need more players like James at the club.

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  • 51times

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    He gets a lot of stick on here, but he can improve, and I think he’ll be an important player for us again this season.

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  • Michael

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    If he could sort his crossing out he’d be a very good player. Its as simple as that as far as Im concerned.

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  • Curly-cinni

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    have u guys realise that paul robinson the goal keeper…has scored more goals than Alan smith the ’striker’?????????

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  • Cooper

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    With better players and quality around him milner would shine

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  • azim

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    how he played yesterday..i didnt watch the game….

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  • Davies

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe if he played in a more central midfield role his crossing wouldn’t be such an issue.

    He’s definitely one of our most consistent performers and I like him a lot. Glad we didn’t flog him to Liverpool or Villa. “Dream move” my arse.

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  • azim

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #10

    where can I watch the highlights??

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry but do we have to endure days and days of average player spin…geremi,duff,butt etc have all been used as toon spin in the past 7 days,Keegan should stop doing this as it is just a way of pacifying fans..everyone knows these players are average..stop trying to tell us otherwise keegan we are not as daft as you think.

    Transfers that is all i am interested in…over and out loop loop loop..does not compute !!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    P.S Milner is 22 if you can’t cross a ball by that age forget it.

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  • nicky nicky

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Alan Smith on his way to Everton

    NEWCASTLE United’s Alan Smith was today having a medical with Everton, according to reports on Merseyside.

    The striker was left out of the Newcastle side for last night’s friendly against PSV Eindhoven, fuelling talk of an imminent £3m switch to Goodison Park.

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/nufc/Alan-Smith-on-his-way.4368383.jp

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  • irish_al

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #14

    A Smith Sprained Ankle 9th Aug 08
    O Martins Knee Injury 9th Aug 08
    M Owen Calf Muscle Strain 17th Aug 08
    S Ameobi Hamstring Injury 6th Sep 08
    A Carroll Ankle/Foot Injury 31st Aug 08
    W Ngo Baheng ACL Knee Injury Jan 09
    M Viduka Achilles Tendinopathy 6th Sep 08

    according to physioroom.com this is our current injury list (top of the league with 7)

    it might not be exact but it shows how bizzare it is that its just our strikers that are the main injury concern

    although most are due back soon half the list seem to pick up new injury’s befor shaking off the old ones

    completly off topic but hey, perhaps you could out together an article about it Ed?

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  • aqmin

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    anyone know about aaron spear?? have we signed him??

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  • Graham

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #16

    nicky nicky – if this is true then drinks are on me! All we need to do now is sell lard arse Shola for a couple of million (or a packet of monster munch and a twix – more realistic) and use the cash to buy a proper striker to back up Owen & Martins

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  • Chicken

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    James Milner you stand here today accused of not being able to cross or shoot by a couple of idiots who like to refer to themselves as fans.

    Would the defence please present their evidence.

    Exhibit A. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At09kYcGh4o

    Case dismissed.

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  • 9 Shearer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree with Davies. Let KK give him that central role until Bad boy Barton comes back. May be he is good at short passes with duff and Spidey on the wings I dont think he can match.
    …………………Butt………………..
    Gutierezz……………………..Duff
    ……………….Milner………………
    Am sori Guthrie i cant get a place for him.

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  • harrier

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    who on this planet recovers from a sprained ankle in 4 days?????

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  • Faustino

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Chicken – not that I really dislike Milner at all, but do you not think that logically no one might have gone to the trouble of compiling a video of Milner’s bad crosses and put them on You Tube?

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  • Shearer#1

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry but if anyone watched him play regularly they’d know his crossing is poor, this is shown in his assist record over the past 4 seasons. No end product, goals or assists, no pace, he “works hard” just like Alan Smith but he doesn’t give us a cutting edge a winger like SWP or Reyes or Arda would give us.

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  • Alex Ferguson

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Alan smith is crap…i’m glad i sold him to newcastle….hahahahahahahhahahah!!!!!

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  • 51times

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Arda is not leaving Turkey this season. SWP doesn’t want to come, and Reyes wouldn’t last in the weather.

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  • Gordon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Not a Milner fan, call me crazy but I like a winger with pace who can cross…

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  • Faustino

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Or maybe Jonas Gutierrez, I’ve hear he’s fine winger with a great touch.

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  • Hadrian

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #26

    he’s got the right mananger to get the best out of him .

    james belongs right behind the two forwards imo feeding them assists . or crossing from not as deep as they seem to get thru more than his byline ones .

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  • nicky nicky

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Alan Smith on his way to Everton

    NEWCASTLE United’s Alan Smith was today having a medical with Everton, according to reports on Merseyside.

    The striker was left out of the Newcastle side for last night’s friendly against PSV Eindhoven, fuelling talk of an imminent £3m switch to Goodison Park.

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/nufc/Alan-Smith-on-his-way.4368383.jp

    is it true?

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  • Leeg123

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    well big wllie seems right bout smith so maybe he is rights about these two signings

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  • Macas

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #29

    I watch him regularly and he’s been one of our best players the last few years. The way he set up that chance for Geremi last night was brilliant.

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  • mutoids

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #30

    right, the coloccini thing is doin my head in now like. no confirmation from toon. depo say he’s ours, sky sports reckon hes aready played 5 friggin games! (only jokin, but they have already givin him his squad number, and hes on the ins and outs list) when is someone gonna come out from newcastle and say somethin ????

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  • Chicken

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31

    An all too easy riposte Faustino. Of course no one would post a video of poor crosses. I think people are judging him harshly though because we get to see and scrutinise his every touch of the ball, whereas with someone like Beckham, the best crosser of the ball in the world in my opinion, we only see it when they do something incredible.

    Not even Beckham picks out his man with every single swing of his boot. What’s more the calibre of player and the quality of run that Beckham is aiming at is infinitely better than what Milner has had to contend with in recent seasons (Owen aside).

    Milner is still only young and he has been royally messed about by our club. With the right coaching, tactics and a bit of support from the players (and fans) around him i’m confident he can become a toon legend.

    Now give the kid a break ffs – he was class last night.

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  • James

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #32

    PLUS POINTS:

    – Great Engine
    – Gets stuck in with the tackling
    – Is still young

    BAD POINTS

    – Awful crossing
    – Said he’d rather play for Liverpool (just 6 weeks ago)
    – Hasn’t developed or improved since he’s been here

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  • harrier

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #33

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1360423,00.html

    this is the mike ashley mission statement everyone has been waiting for! 8 page interview 😮

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  • Faustino

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #34

    All true, Chicken, but do remember I’m not a Milner hater as such.

    The problem with James is simple. He isn’t looking around enough… if he kept his head up more and stopped wtaching the ball I think people would stop thinking he couldn’t cross, as his accuracy would improve 200%.

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  • furrygiblets

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #35

    9 Shearer, i’d play Guthrie instead of Butt

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  • sas

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #36

    “Said he’d rather play for Liverpool (just 6 weeks ago)”

    Got a link?

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  • mushy

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Milner’s turn and reverse pass to set up the Guthrie goal was a moment of pure class.
    Of course, the doom and gloom merchants on here simply choose to ignore it because it dosen’t fit in with their “we’re doooomed” philosophy.
    Or maybe they don’t watch football. Just sit at their keyboard spouting vitriol.

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  • harrier

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #38

    You guys see Mike Ashley is doin an 8 page interview and will talk about everything in the newcastle united magazine??? wish i was in the UK right now so i could read it….unless somebody posts the interview for us 😉

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  • James

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #39

    sas -he came out and said it would be a dream move to go to Liverpool after they bid £7 million. KK said give us £10million and you can have him. Liverpool walked away from the deal and Milner is staying for one more season.

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  • Faustino

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #40

    “….because it dosen’t fit in with their “we’re doooomed” philosophy….”

    ha ha from now on I shall refer to all doomsayers as Private Fraser cos of this line!

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