Viduka Back In Two Weeks – Smith Before End Of Year


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?



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28 comments so far

  • The Alchemist

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes! Alan smith..now all the creative issues in the middle of the park are sure to be sorted with this midfield maestro pulling the strings in cm……. Sould be selling him way before we look at unloading enrique!

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  • ELFER

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not so sure…but I really hope he can get back on track on play a decent role for us! He deserves it, but he also owes it to us!

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  • ELFER

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    But I rather think it would be better to unload him, becouse we have far too much strikers.

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  • kk forever

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    V IDUKA TOO SLOW SMITH NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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  • kk forever

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    THINK SMITH SHUD GO SEE A SHRINK OR SUMIT HE USED TO BE A CRACKIN PLAYER AT LEEDS

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  • kk forever

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    THOUGHT HE WAS A STEEL WEN WE BROUGHT HIM OV MAN U HOW WRONG CAN U BE

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  • Paul Gadd

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    “THOUGHT HE WAS A STEEL WEN WE BROUGHT HIM OV MAN U HOW WRONG CAN U BE”

    I see that the “intellects” are still prevalent on here!

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    The term “pigs ears and silk purses” springs to mind. Still Shola is more swan than ugly duckling now so you never know.

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  • Sav

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Great. Just in time to save FatAsh from splashing out on a midfield player in the January sales.
    Smith was unfairly played out of position in defence, midfield and attack because of his versatility and willingness to do a job for the sake of the team.
    – Trouble is he was uniformly disappointing in all of them.

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  • dougnufc

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    I thought Smith played well as a striker, especially against Arsenal at home

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  • NE1

    Nov 20, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Just the news we need.

    Not often that when a player is coming back to fitness it would have a detrimental affect on the team.

    Waste of a shirt in my opinion. Give it to Nile Ranger.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 20, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Sell Smith to whoever will pay his wages. Send Carroll out on loan and see if he can fulfil his potential. Sell Ameobi and bring ranger into the first team for some bench time. let Viduka leave at the end of the year. Thats a lot of wages off the books and not really anyone of great regular use gone.

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  • selly no skill

    Nov 20, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    must be coming to the end of the dukes contract if he’s pulling his boots on.takin the piss.as for smith.his best position is striker and he couyldnt score in a brothel.he makes strolla look good.and he isnt.feel sorry for our good players playing with some of the tripe we have.

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14

    good to have viduka back but smith has a lot to do to convince the fans that he deserves a place in the squad leave alone the starting line-up

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Lookin’ forward to seein’ Viduka again!..
    …Graet skill & hold up play!..

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    We’ll be alright now Smudger is coming back. He makes the difference round here. I expect The Duke will reach match fitness and then something will go again as he pulls up his right sock and he’ll be out for another 4 month.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    howay bowburn give the fella some bloody credit, i’m sure he’ll get his socks on fine. lacing up his boots will be his downfall 😀

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  • Whumpie

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Whoever mentioned putting Smith to a shrink was actually spot on (even if it was meant as a joke) because he has the talent in there somewhere.

    As for Viduka, he may be slow, but his hold-up play is fantastic and when combined with Owen and Martins we’re impossible to defend against.

    It would be good to get a good run out of him before he inevitably takes a cushie back in Aus for the end of his career. In the mean time, I wonder if Shola can learn some of his stuff?

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Whumpie – even though I had a dig, I actually totally agree with the principle but I think even the best shrink in the world would struggle to prise Smith’s previous form from his past. Loads of time for the lad’s attitude but I think it’s a case of cutting him loose for all our sakes. Viduka is awesome when fit and on form but I’d actually resigned myself to not seeing him put a black and white shirt on again.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye whumpie!..
    😀

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  • Nick

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #21

    The sooner we see these 2 off the payroll and shifted the better. Much rather see Danger and Lua Lua and actually give youngsters a chance .
    Not carroll, however, as he is very poor.

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  • micepie

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #22

    If we HAVE to sell players in January to raise more cash. I would simply let Smith go for 4M and…probably Given for 5M. Not that Given will go. He’s been fantastic (though I feel like the first goal conceded at Wigan was quite stoppable) but if we spent that 5M well I’d be happy with Harper, with Krul as back-up.

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  • toonoot

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think Shola can get any better. Just look at the people who have taken him under their wings. Shearer – England captain, Speed – Wales captain – Solano – Peru captain, Robson – England manager. Still. the lad does give it all to the cause.

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  • Seymour Butts

    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #24

    The Word On Tyneside Is Ranger Is The Danger…

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  • richie

    Nov 20, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #25

    agree with you kkforever, i jus have this feelin if smith were to leave hed start performing and scoring elsewhere, hopefully hes at it when hes back

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  • richie

    Nov 20, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #26

    if everyone fit
    given

    beye taylor colo bassong
    jonas barton butt duff
    viduka martins

    owen was my fav player but with him inevitably ‘sellingout’, best of luck to him

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  • clinta

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Who??? Smith? shit forgot we signed him!

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  • Simo

    Nov 21, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Give smithy a chance.
    He was a class player at leeds & then at Man Utd.
    I imagine there’ll be a rejuvinated Smith when he returns.
    Look at all the different positions we played him, stick him where he belongs, up top with Oba.

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