Viduka Is Looking Better and Better In Training

Some good news today about a player we had almost forgotten about, Mark Viduka, who seems ready to go at his old club Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Mark Viduka – likely to return to bench on Saturday

It seems that Mark has not been affected by his Achilles injury since returning to training and he is ready to play some part when Newcastle travel to The Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

When Mark came back in the team under Kevin Keegan, and Kevin went with the 4-3-3 formation is when Newcastle went on a more than decent run of form, after initially going 10 games without a win.

So it may be a good omen that mark is almost ready to play again for the club.

Joe Kinnear talked about mark today:

“He’s not far off it, I can tell you. Obviously he hasn’t had games but you might find that he’s on the bench on Saturday,”

“What we decided to do with Mark was to ask him to try and come back into training. We didn’t want to hurry him up because we don’t want to risk him breaking down again but if he felt like he could come back into the sessions then we were happy for him to do that.”

“It was a matter of bringing him back gradually and seeing what he could manage but he’s surprised us all. He’s got better and better as the days have gone on and some of the things he’s been doing have been excellent. We’ll see how he goes now but there is a chance of him being involved.”

“He’s a good personality and another one of the leaders that I’ve got in the squad,” “He’s a terrific player to have back in and around the team.”

Mark will be like a new player for Joe, who has had more than bad luck with injuries, but has never complained – he’s just got on with the job, which is one of Joe’s great qualities.

And it appears that Joe will wait before the end of the week before deciding on the fitness of defender Steven Taylor, who has been out for the last 3 games, in which we’ve picked up just 3 points.

If Steven is fit don’t be surprised if Joe uses him at left-back, in place of Enrique, and keeps the central pairing of Bassong and Coloccini together, who played so magnificently at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

That’s the very least they deserve.

Finally, former Liverpool player and pundit Stan Collymore was at the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and said it was the best defensive display he’s seen all season.

Stan of course was the player who scored the last minute winner in 1996 that had Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3 in what is still regarded as the best ever game ever to be played in the Premier league.

Oh, the memories.    😀

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • bowburnmag

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    If he stays fit, focused and interested, he’s one of the most technically gifted target men around and can score goals so he’d be an asset in any Premiership side for another season or two. But it’s a hell of a big if?

  • Matt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Taylor at LB? That just won’t work. He can just about cover RB but his defensive duties go wandering when he does. I’d rather have Zog there than Taylor and I really don’t like Zog there.

    I’ll believe it when I see it about Viduka, I seriously hope we don’t extend his contract.

  • bowburnmag

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Taylor at left-back? I missed that part! Said it the other day, Ed has been at the Geordie spirit again. Round pegs, square holes is not needed when there are perectly square pegs available.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s a nailed on bet to score agianst boro on saturday if he makes an appearance! In my opinion Viduka was the key catalyst in our changing fortunes last season! His presence created the space for owen and martins to cause havoc and i dont think theres a better player in the premiership for making the ball stick when its thrown up to him! If we can get him fit; keep him fit; get the best out of him he will cause any premiership defence problems and he will score goals.

    Great player….(when fit!!!…i am enclined to mention 🙂 )

  • Tom

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Taylor should not be playing full stop. The defensive unit against Chelsea was tremendous, all four of them (not including the rest of the team!) so why break them up! Enrique had a solid game at left back, with Beye, Colo and Bass playing outstandingly, it would be madness to break them up!

  • Nick 69

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    well i would actually be very suprised if he played taylor at left back, thers a much higher chance that he’ll either put bassong left back and taylor in centre, or stay with bassong/colo and possibly nzog left back

  • Nick 69

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #7

    tom- i agree i wouldnt normally break up a defence that played so well, but, enrique cannot attack for sh*t and against teams like boro we should be goin all out for a win therefore i would prefer someone more attacking i.e nzogbia

  • lesh

    Nov 26, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Wonder if Joe had to inroduce him to his team-mates? Guess he’ll need to be shown around SJP as well!

    Welcome back Mark and get your shooting boots on!!

  • Whumpie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Viduka will bring goals when he comes back, and I’m hoping he can pass on some of his nouse to Strolla before he heads back to Aus to see out his career.

    As for Taylor at LB, I can see the logic, but I’m not sure it’ll happen unless Enrique does poorly in training. Taylor played extremely well (if I remember rightly) at RB when Beye was out, but has he got a decent left foot?

    As someone has already pointed out – Enrique is a bullish defender, but not so good going forward. Taylor, on the other hand, has repeatedly shown an attacking instinct.

    Let’s trust JFK to make the right call depending on what he sees on the training ground.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Taylor at LB…No way doris day!..No way santa fe…No way, no how!..

    …Enrique, every time…He’s a defender!..
    …Bollox to bein’ good goin’ forward…We need our defenders defendin’, we’ve mid fielders & strikers to attack…We’re in the bottom 3, just defend properly & stop givin’ away sloppy goals 1st!..

  • Robz

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Spot on Punk Skunk! Stop them sloppy goals, and let the attackers attack!

  • Desmond -

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Enrique should be placed as an attacking left back. However, we will need a good DM to cover his place when he attacks.

    I think Enrique should stay for at least another half a season. No point losing another LB.

    Let’s say we signed Warnock and he got injured the whole season. What’s the point?

  • VikingToon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Why on earth would Joe change the back 4 after this game ? The Chelski game was our best performance this season, and I hardly think Tayls would make any improvement. Come on Bassong, keep it up! My only concern is Enrique.. not stabil and could be our doom on saturday!

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Ta Rob,
    it ain’t ‘rocket surgery’, is it?..

  • Peter

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Joe is always bloody complaining, …about every bloody thing, all the bloody time – where have you had your head these last few weeks ???

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Musta missed the bit where JK moans?..


    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #17


  • lesh

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Re THE BEAT. // Nov 26, 2008 at 13:07


  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s still a great player tho’!..


    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #20

    lesh ,when taglines are put up like that you can,t resist.

  • Al

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Of course Viduka is going to be looking good for training – his contract runs out soon. He will actually try to be fit and good for a while so that he can get another year at the club or go somewhere else and get a sign on fee.

    So he might be just what we need for the rest of the season!!!

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Nov 26, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Viduka is world class when fit. Would be great to see him back scoring goals for us. If we could get him healthy he could be our Dennis Berkamp, similar qualities.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #23


  • wilko

    Nov 26, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #24

    duke’s feet are magic, remember the goals he’s already scored if he’s fit it will take matches to get back the sharpness, so I would be surprised and overjoyed if he were to come on and score against boro, would be great to see southgate’s hand clapping response (all he ever does )when they are losing to the toon please god let’s have a bit of that

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #25


    you need to change your name because

    1.they’re above us
    2.they’ve beaten us at home
    3.they’ll probably get into Europe
    4. they’ve got a world class manager

    so i wish we were spurs at the mo

  • MichaelOWaN

    Nov 27, 2008 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #26

    One of my favourite players at the club! Cant wait to see him comeback! Go Vid show them what u can do!


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