Viduka and Oba Back Saturday – Joe Rates Smith Highly

Most Newcastle fans were disappointed we couldn’t bring in more new players during the January transfer window, but there’s good news today in that strikers Oba Martins and Mark Viduka will be fit for the vital relegation clash at WBA this Saturday.


Martins and Viduka both back for Saturday

Kinnear will also welcome back Alan Smith, yet another striker, into his squad for Saturday’s game at The Hawthorns. Smith has yet to score his first competitive goal for Newcastle – hey maybe that will come on Saturday.

However, our best performing striker of late has been 20 year-old Andy Carroll, so it will be interesting who Joe selects to start on Saturday. Ameobi is also fit so there’s 5 strikers now fit, with only Michael Owen still missing through injury.

We’d like to see a Carroll – Martins partnership start the game, and with the knock-downs Andy gets, and his sheer physical presence, it should help Martins get some chances.

Martins has been missing since suffering a groin injury scoring Newcastle’s second goal in our only away win in the league this season – the 3-0 win at Portsmouth in mid-December.  Let’s hope we can change that stat at WBA on Saturday.

Mark Viduka (also groin), who has been at the club for 19 months but started only 20 games, has been in the treatment room again, since limping out of the Boxing Day defeat at Wigan.

Mark will need several games to get back in the swing of things before he gets injured again.  🙁

But he can still help Newcastle if he can score a few goals for us in the run-in, and Mark’s contract will not be renewed in the summer, we’re sure of that – he’s just injured far too much.

Kinnear will be pleased to welcome back 3 experienced players to his squad after getting another 3 good players in during January, so there will be a little more competition for the squad places.

The big question we have is how is Joe going to try to keep his players fit and uninjured through the end of the season?

Joe said today:

“It gives us a bit more fire power for West Brom,” “I know it’s an old cliche, but it’ll be like having three new players back.”

“Of course, we were desperately disappointed not to come away with more new signings, but myself and Mike Ashley worked hard throughout the day to try to make it happen.”

“But, in welcoming back Oba, Viduka and Smithy, we have three fresh faces in the dressing room to pick from.”

“I’ve been unable to pick Smithy since coming in as manager, and I’m delighted to get the opportunity to do so now.”

“I have always rated Smithy very highly, and he’ll bring in the battling qualities we need at the moment.”

“He works his socks off in training and in games as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve ,and that’s what you need when you are up against it.”

We don’t rate Smith very highly, but we know he’s a smashing lad, and since Joe has shown he can get the best out of his players, we really hope he can get better form out of Smith, than we’ve seen from him so far at Newcastle. We think that’s a distinct possibility and that will help us big time in our fight against relegation.

Smith is a much better player than he’s shown since arriving on Tyneside in the summer of 2007, that’s a fact.

Smudge has so far  appeared 37 times for Newcastle with 30 starts, but has yet to appear for us this season.

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • neeraj

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    3 new signings……….


    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Joe is clearly under the impression this is the Smith who played at Leeds-it isnt.
    Everything depends on Martins fit and firing on all cylinders even if its just trying to secure him a move next season.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Get in oba and the duke !!!!

  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Ok the names are coming back but teh hard bit’s gonna be for Joe to get these guys to play together.

    Perhaps this is an opportunty to use the flanks to best advantage – floating crosses in for Oba, Due and Carrol rather than pushing Oba out wide?

    Ho hum, SNAFU – thanks to our dynamic directors! If Ashley’s any sense, he’d bladder Wise now as he should have done months ago.

  • edwincjx

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    start carroll and martins!!!!

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Love Oba, how long before he wants to leave?

    “Most Newcastle fans were disappointed we couldn’t bring in more new players ”

    I’m more disappointed that Ashley’s made ANOTHER profit this transfer window when we desperately need 1st team players in.

    Ashley is a LIAR and is gambling with the club’s future.

  • Stevo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Excellent news!!!!!!! Boy do we need these two back.

  • batty

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    To save most of you the bother of reading another of my long-winded diatribes, the answer is yes. Feel free to read on if you wish to know why I think so.

    I would not classify myself as particularly intelligent, so please take what I am about to say on face value, and not as delusional self-adulation, which it certainly isn’t, but:

    I have two degrees, one in applied mathematics, the other in IT (both which could be described as reasonably logical subjects).

    I am a manager in the IT industry (again, quite a logical vocation).

    I am also Newcastle daft.


    My education centred around logic.

    My vocation likewise.

    So why can’t my love of NUFC be logical?

    I have a golf handicap of 1, which is more than decent, so why don’t I just jack the football in and never give it another look?

    Because I’m daft. Pretty much everyone on here, and the 50k that frequent SJP are too. And here’s the problem.

    Ashley knows we are. And he isn’t.

    He’s a hard-nosed, ruthless businessman with no heart. It’s no good protesting inside the ground, it’s no good firing insults in his direction, it is all water of a duck’s back. When he looks at you, all he sees is £££’s. Nothing more. His plan is blindingly obvious.

    Take as much cash out of the club as possible through player sales. Get the minimum players in to keep the club barely afloat, and, here’s the thing, he’s taken a gamble with that. Why? Because he’s a gambler. He throws small fortunes on one spin of the wheel at a casino, and he does the same in business. He knows he cannot get the price sufficient to make a big profit, so instead, he is accepting the price will drop but taking as much out while he can. I have a friend in the capital investment world who has met him and says he’s nothing but a risk-taker. And now he gambles with our club.

    His gamble is all based on us being idiots.

    Before the window opened, Joe had £10M to spend + money from sales.

    He got approximately £12M from sales, mostly on the last day of the window. That means net £22M to spend. He spent £4.5M (The £12M includes RT’s transfer). So what happened to the other £17.5M?

    There never was, or is, any £10M. It’s in his bank. Right now, I’m trying to decide what is worse. Ashley making an £7.5M profit from the window, or the fact that, despite City wanting our keeper and branding £5M as derisory, we took £6M for the best keeper in the premiership in his prime and couldn’t ask for Johnson as part of the deal. Instead, we offer a ridiculous £8M for an unproven player who we know we cannot get (or we would have had as part of a swap deal a la Wigan) to the richest club in the land who spent £18M on a player they could have had at the end of the season for £3.5M due to a release clause (de Jong). It’s incompetant at best, insulting at worst.

    So you will have your evidence over the next few weeks that we are indeed idiots as shown by our attendances, both home and away, all nicely hidden behind phrases like…

    “Club first, everything else second” or
    “Greatest supporters in the land” or, my personal favourite…

    “This club’s bigger than Mike Ashley”.

    It isn’t actually. If he so desired, he could burn it to the ground and put a shopping mall there. Only his greed would prevent him from doing so.

    We’re idiots, pure and simple. For those that doubt, ask yourself this: if we only continue to go because the “lads” (or alternatively, overpaid second-rate heartless millionaires) will only perform with our support, how is it that clubs with poor support, the Bolton’s and Wigan’s of this world, continue to exist in the PL?

    This 12th man rubbish really is just that, rubbish. If you’re like me, you are all desperate not to be mocked for holding out hope that NUFC can rise up again. The club is dead under this man. Force him to sell. How? Don’t attend. Don’t buy merchandise. Don’t drink in Shearers.

    Protesting and vitriol only put off potential buyers. Empty seats will not. Real businessmen, the sort that do due diligence, will study spending statistics and attendance figures and buy the club on that basis, not on whether fans have stayed away in protest of the current asset-stripping champagne-swilling owner.

    If you want to save the club, stay away. If not, join Ashley and gamble with the clubs future.

    Be daft. Be laughed at by the rest of the footballing world. Shield yourself in a banner of self-righteous “best fans” drivel.

    Be an idiot
    ps stardust your dad must ov messed with you as a kid

  • Stevo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    lesh – I agree mate, Oba struggles when he’s pushed out wide. Never really gets onto the game. We need his lethal strike in front of goal.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Nolan- SMith prefer that then butt playin in centre

  • edwincjx

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #11


    i believe they attempted to make last minute bids?

    although i think its really retarded to bid for michael johnson (talent or not is one factor, the other is that why would the sugar daddies in man city be interested in our 8m?). Veloso is an unlikely target since lisbon is looking a deal they can’t refuse, which we are unable to produce.

    I only pray the money will available during the summer. I want to trust cashley cause he’s our hope for now

    and get wise sacked plz.

  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Off beat I know but having heard the mischeavous mouth of Nzogbia when interviewed on Talk Sort last night, I say good riddance to him. He will get his come uppance in time!

    Just a pity Nzog wasn’t as appreciative as Taylor appears to be.

    Zogs, I wish you all the luck you deserves.

  • shearer4pm

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    like 2 new singings,
    ul laff but im expecting big things from viduka, i reakon he’ll be the key to us staying up

  • coyote

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    excellent news but neither will be match fit so we’ll have to see what kind of impact they make.
    they said Bambi wasn’t match fit sunday but I didn’t notice any differance, apart from his penalty (which was very good) he was a waste of space how on earth he “earned” a new contract is beyond me, he’s still showing complete lack of effort and interest too

    if MA’s casino exploits are anything to go on cos we all know he’s gambling against relegation we’re down

  • faustino

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Stop saying Ashley made a profit. If he made a profit of that amount he’d get taxed at about 70 odd percent on it. If anything his company did. But the money will go nowhere but to pay of debts to increase the value of the club in a re-sale situation. It wouldn’t make sense for him to do anything else as I say a good 2/3s of the cash would disappear in tax.

    The crack that some of you lot have about big business whilst, I would imagine, not knowing so much as to how you open a flippin’ corner shop is incredible.

    The banks would start getting seriously ars e y with the club and Ashley [as would the taxman] if he was up to that kind of crack and he would incur a full audit that could cost him more than a few ‘measley’ million.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    do u guys think any of the 3 will start martins(likely) dukes, smith, lovenkrands off the bench?

  • Nick D

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone who rates Smith highly or otherwise is intellectually challenged.

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19

    faustino, what i mean is that money was available but the club failed to deliver…. in our hour of need so to speak.

    Bad and rotten nanagemenship@ SJP IMO.

  • Partizan

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Well thats definetly a good news.

    I’d go with the 4-5-1 formation on every away game.For WBA this is the formation and line up i want to see…..hopefully.


    Subs:…Krul,Carroll,Lua Lua,R.Taylor,Xisco,Godsmark,Geremi.

  • toonoholic

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #21



  • walker

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22

    smiths had one good game for us against arsenal ages ago.

    as for working hard on transfers….the last f mins of the last day!!!

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #23

    partizan- id love to see that too but kinnear loves carroll and ffs give xisco a turn

  • Mongo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Players returning from injury can mean only one thing. More must be about to get injured at West Brom!

    We as a club have had no luck whatsoever this season, apart from that penalty decision against the unwashed that is. Think that is about it!

  • Toon Chicken

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #25

    batty – although I don’t agree with much of what you said I did think you put it down in a well constructed and well reasoned manner, for which I was about to applaud you.

    Then I read your last sentence.

    You should be ashamed of yourself. There is no need for that kind of talk on any blog – and certainly not one concerned with supporting NUFC.

    I suggest you take that comment back.

  • Mikeflame

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Taylor (R)….Nolan….Smith….Jonas

    Now that to me is a very well balanced team that could easily stand its own against some of the better teams! however you know he’ll play dam Duff and Butt in place of Taylor and Smith which is a shame! JfK is slowly bringing this dam team down with his stupid interviews, bad team selection and a sodding long ball style of play!! He could do with a number 2 that is very attacking minded to show the dinosaur how to do it!!

  • robbbov

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #27

    batty –

    I withdraw my last comment. I was wrong. You’ve actually thought about the issue and I would agree in most cases. I just don’t think we can judge Ashley yet and any shrewed business man is a logical man. I do think we will se some logic during the spring.

  • Chizzy_Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Afternoon guys,
    Good to hear that we are getting some of our players back from injury. Oba is going to be essential to our premier league survival, and i believe that him and Carrol will be able to strike up a good partnership, if given the chance.

    Good to hear that Smith is on contention for a return, i really hope JFK can make him play like he used to. Also think that Smith himself will have something to prove.

    Was gutted that we didnt sign any others in the transfer window, but we have to stick with what we have got, and it should give us an chance to blood some of the reserves in the league.

  • robbbov

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Toon Chicken – I agree

  • Partizan

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Mike…..Remove Jonas from there,he aint playin

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Batty has copied/pasted the post from the Chrony blog and added the last bit himself!


  • sweendog

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Best news I’ve heard in a while .. arguable our 2 best strikers .. as long as the duke hasn’t been eating any of ashleys pies..

  • faustino

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #33


    Too true mate. Ironically another way to add value to the club is buy some decent fricking players! lol

  • toonoholic

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #34


    did anyone read derdiyok rejected move to everton because he is going to leverkusen at the end of the season ? and he was crying out aloud in summer that he wants to play with owen

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #35

    …Joes way….

    S.Taylor Colo Bassong Enrique

    Duff Butt Nolan Jonas

    Ameobi Carroll

    subs 82min. Carrol out Martins in 90min. Jonas out R. Taylor in

    Wb 1 – 0…we

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon Chicken – Batty didn’t come up with that. Just take a look at how he/she usually posts. Batty has nicked that from somewhere else and is trying to pass it off as their own.
    It’s been posted about three times now in different topics. They’ve edited the post to make it more like their own work, but the first one had a banner at the top with a time and date stamp on it. Obvious it had been lifted from another site.
    The last comment is pure batty. I will be told where to go by them for this.

  • Stevo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #37


    R Taylor — Coloccini — Bassong —Enrique

    Jonas — Nolan — Smith — Loven

    Carroll — Martins

  • robbbov

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #38

    If that is true Micky Toon then I once again put batty down as…

  • Hunwick Mags

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Now is the time to back the team …. All the other stuff (Cockney mafia ect) has to be put to one side until the summer (all of which I strongly agree with by the way)…. If its not we are down !!!! In my humble opinion that is the choice we have …… we are getting oba,smith,mr blobby back fit …… r taylor, nolan,lovenkrans, canny signings in our position ……

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #40

    faustino, agreed. Interesting that the players were valued @ around £100 million while we were up for sale, will be interesting to see what the team’s worth after this summers transfer window.

    3 transfer windows that have failed to deliver imo and more relegation battles, don’t you just love being a Toon fan at the moment 🙁

    Invest in the first team and more income would follow, higher place in the league and possible European football with finantial reward, instead battle with survival on a shoestring and count the coppers (coins) coming in.


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