Kinnear is pleased to have Mark Viduka back in training again, and he feels like Mark could be back in a couple of weeks,
Alan Smith – back before the end of the year
Joe is even hopeful that Alan Smith will also be back sooner rather than later, and hopes to see Alan back in a black and white shirt before the end of the year.
Joe talked about Viduka and Smith today:
“It’s great to have Mark Viduka around the place again, but there is no way he will be involved against Chelsea. We’ve waited for so long for him to come back, it would be ludicrous to rush him straight into the side when he isn’t match fit yet.”
“He’s not too far away, but we have to be patient, it’ll be another couple of weeks yet I’d imagine.” “I’m actually spoilt for choice with the strikers really, particularly now we are getting key players like Michael and Mark back.”
“I haven’t forgotten about Alan Smith either who is another quality player in that department.“ “He’s probably another six weeks away yet, but hopefully we’ll see him in a Newcastle shirt again before the end of the year.”
Joe is a very good motivator, and he’s certainly got the best out of a lot of the Newcastle players although our results, at least in the last couple of games could have been better, and with a little bit more luck we could have had more points.
It will be interesting to see if Kinnear can rehabilitate Alan Smith’s career, since Alan has hardly produced his best form since he’s been on Tyneside, but he’s certainly a much better player than he’s shown since he’s been at Newcastle.
With Smith back, Joe will be spoiled for choice for strikers with Viduka, Owen, Martins, Ameobi, Smith, Xisco and Carroll (7) all available for just two striker positions.
In fact if Joe wants to unload some players to bring in new players during January, he could look at letting one of these go.
He could even look at using Smith in central midfield, where he played well for Man United in a defensive midfield role. It will be good to have Alan back, and hopefully he can get his career back on track on Tyneside.
What do you think? Comments very welcome?