Viduka Can Still Do Job For Newcastle This Season


Mark Viduka was signed as a free agent by Sam Allardyce in July of 2007, but since then Mark has been stricken with injuries, and has made exactly 22 starts for the Newcastle club in the last 19 months.

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Mark Viduka – anxious to get more goals

But it seems like Mark, who still harbors an International career with Australia, even though he’s always out injured at Newcastle, and seems confident there are still goals in Kinnear’s current Newcastle side.

Mark even thinks going back to the popular 4-3-3 system, that Kevin brought in a year ago,  may be a good idea.  Mark told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Whether Joe wants to play that system or not is a totally different thing.”

“But the manager’s got a lot of options up front when everyone’s fit, and this team has got goals in it.”

“We pulled away from trouble last season when we used that formation.”

“And if we can click up front again then hopefully we can do the same this time.”

Viduka’s contract expires in June and we think it’s 90% certain it will not be renewed, but he still has an incentive to do well at Newcastle, in case he wants to continue his career with some other club.

But it’s good that Mark is keen to get on the goals track again, and we hope he can get fit a lot quicker than it took him the last time he returned from his Achilles injury.

The Australian International continued:

“Last year we showed towards the end we could play together with three up front.”

“We were a threat to many defenses.” “And I’d love to repeat some of that.”

“Last season they couldn’t deal with Oba’s pace or Michael Owen’s goalscoring ability and myself as a target man.”

Mark can still do a job at Newcastle this season, and hopefully he’ll do just that, because he’s picking up more than £60K a week on Tyneside, so he’ll be anxious to earn his wages through the end of the season.

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58 comments so far

  • roblee7

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    class player when fit, but when’s he fit?

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    4-3-3 happy with that

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  • miloflembo

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Lol, irrelevant first comment but it was too funny to miss, I added kadar on facebook right, and ranger for the funtimes 😛 And Kadar has joine don group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=66243126400&ref=mf which is bascially, Andy Carroll is better than Shola ameeobi. Im expecting a Shola and Kadar fight very soon 🙂

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  • roblee7

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    i just been reading people’s comments on Alan Smith….have you lot been watchin the same player when he’s played? Jesus, i’ve never witnessed a more frustrating, waste-of-space footballer in a black and white shirt – truly horrific! he makes Ameobi luk like Pele. And for those who says he gives 110%, well thats not good enough to be a pro footballer unfortunately! if it was then i’d get a game, even me gran could give 110%! one good thing he’s done at NUFC please, anyone? all i’ve seen is him pick up needless yellow cards and run round like a headless chicken. anyone who disagree’s is mental – fact

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  • club insider

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Alan Smith and Mark Viduka – true saviours of the club this season – both will play some part on Saturday

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Shame hes injuried to much!

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  • roblee7

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    sorry i hatealan smith – 60K a week???!!!!makes me sick, i wouldn’t pay him £20 a week he’s been that awful

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  • club insider

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    roblee7
    Hate is a very very strong word !

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    No he can’t. Too little too late.

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  • Greg B

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Well its up to Smith to prove people wrong, I am not saying he has set the world on fire at St James’ buthe is our player, we are in a battle and he needs to step up and be counted…. as do the rest of the squad. We need to get behind the team not slag them off ffs.
    Yeah, we can all share our opinion but one thing we all agree on is that we want to be playing Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool etc next season!

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  • Davies

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #11

    roblee7 – you can’t just put “fact” at the end of a rant and declare that it is, in actual fact, fact. It’s just your opinion mate. You are, of course, entitled to it. I’m not disagreeing with you, he’s done bugger all. I’m just pointing out that your opinion is not irrefutable fact. Lots of people do it on here, particularly when it comes to opinion about MA, even when they are wrong.

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  • sijing

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12

    STOP!!!!! all this negativaty we all need to pull together and support whom ever joe puts on the team sheet 100% these are the cards we have been telt yes they’re not ‘pocket rockets’ but they ain’t 2 3 either common the toon
    Toon Army 4eva

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  • roblee7

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    greg B – yeah, but alan smith isn’t gunna help us stay in the prem – have you seen him play for us? plus he hasn’t played in months so he’s gunna be even worse. of course i want him to play well, just think he’s terrible and would be gutted if JK plays him ahead of anyone to be honest!he hasn’t scored in 3-4 years and i have more skill in me little finger

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  • cagneuk

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    4-3-3 definately the way forward for the rest of the season. martins and viduka with smith playing just behind them in the middle until owen can return.

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  • roblee7

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Davies, it is fact that alan smith is awful – was shocked to read so many people sticking up for him is all – sorry if i think these people are mad, i just prey that JK doesn’t pick him to start – he did nothing at man u either

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  • sijing

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    if you did roblee7 why don’t you play profesionally stop bitching
    about the team and support the team

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  • SpartanChris

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #17

    sijing – you’re right, we need to get behind all the players and not slag them off.

    I’ll take any help smith and viduka can give until the end of the season.

    Ameobi improved with Joe’s guidance – maybe he can do the same for Smith.

    Keep the Faith!!!

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    The funny thing is, everybody says players being 100% committed should be a given and clearly it should be. But it’s not. Not all players who have the ability and physcial make-up apply themselves properly. The man in the picture for example. A prime example of a player who makes fans want to tear their hair because they would give anything to be in his position and yet he seems to take it all for granted. Alan Smith being a player who lacks a defining quality to make him above average but has guts and the physical make-up to keep him involved. He doesn’t seem to take anything for granted but falls short on being worshipped because he’s just not quite good enough. But I don’t think we should necessarily take Smith’s attitude for granted either. He’s paid well but there are plenty more out there who are happy to pick up their wages for much less endeavour. The Duke will probably back for a swansong, couple of goals and then g’day mate back to Oz. One of the more disappointing recent enigmas to walk through our door. He could have been a legend. My bet is Smudge wishes he had half of Viduka’a natural ability.

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  • ian

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    The window has gone, these are the players we have got and that is it.

    Unfortunately, Smith is now one of our best players, he has been out for ages and has equal goals-nil as some players who have played all season, so there are others we should be knocking before him.

    Viduka needs using for a few minutes per game if required, we need to have him as an option often, not try and play him full games otherwise he will be off with an injury again, we have enough strikers for full games, it is a striker on the bench who can change the last 10 minutes which we are lacking and Viduka could do that job for us. That is how I hope they use him.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #20

    surely viduka and smith WONT start vs WBA???? theve had major injury problems and id hate them to both start and get injured

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Clutching at straws if you think viduka will save you. terrible footballer.

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  • wyntheleap

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Slightly digressing from the topic I must agree with Mike Ashleys stand of getting rid of these hasbeens and overpaid primadonas.Viduka was way past his best, same with Owen, Smith and Duff and Gerami and Butt to name but a few, frightning stuff the money shelled out for this lot each week. MA has faults I must admit but bring in the young ones and use the local lads with obviously a mixture of good pros. Get a decent manager who works from the back and through the middle and fills in the necessary needs strikers etc the man for the job George Graham. We are only a big club for the hundreds of millions we have spent and wasted and still won zero, all the big time charlie managers and still nothing. lets get back to basics eh?

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  • tino97

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    If only we could take Smiths and Viduka’s good points, then blend it into one player. We would have a great player.

    I think WBA is tougher than people are thinking, yes they are bottom. But most of their points have come at home and they play decent football at times.

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  • Swedgen

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    bennytoon shut up, Viduka is world class when he gets in the wing of things. Problem is he just doesn’t play enough to warrant the wages that he earns.

    He’s going to have to have a hell of a run-in to be able to stay at the club.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #25

    alrite benny how are you mate?

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #26

    swegden- just because i have a different view to you there is no need for insults.

    Viduka has been shite since his leeds days. poor footballer who does the odd good thing a match. He should retire to the MLS.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Harper

    S Taylor Colo Bassong R.Taylor

    Duff Smith Nolan Lovenkra

    Viduka Martins

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #28

    glad harper turned that small club tottenham down, bet there fans are gutted that theve got a chelsea rejecy and wait for it…. GOMES HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #29

    after sus&inj…ies

    Harper

    Beye Colo Bassong R.Taylor

    Jonas Nolan Barton

    Viduka

    Owen Martins

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  • chuck

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Viduka can do the job ?
    Has`nt so far.
    What makes you think he will now ?
    Face it the guy is crocked, a sick note, collecting big money.
    On saying that, I dont understand why he, Geremi, Cacapa,Smith and Butt all high wage earners are still here and we sell our best young players, how does that make sense ?
    Where`s the logic ?

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  • ian

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #31

    chuck, because no one wants them!!

    I hope we do not regret the Nzogbia decision.

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  • murphy

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I recon the team against WBA will be :

    GK-Harper
    RB – R.taylor
    CD-Taylor
    CD-bassong
    LB-Enrique
    CM-Butt
    CM-Nolan
    LW-loevenkrands
    RW-Duff
    ST-Ameobie
    ST-martins

    1)viduka 2) smith 3) collocini 4) Carrol 5) Edgar 6)Krull 7)foster

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  • Bill F

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    It seems to me that JK is making the same assumption that KK made. He works really hard in training but somehow doesn’t transfer it to match play. Pity, it would be good if he was (JK)able to do a Shola on him. I thought he (Shola)had a decent game against the Chavs.

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  • chuck

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #34

    I hope the above list is gone during the summer, understand we have given Butt a years extension, madness !
    Makes you wonder who`s running things. Jay**s !

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  • Swedgen

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #35

    You’re right Bennytoon that’s his major problem – he goes missing quite often even when he manages to get on the field. We don’t need that in a relegation scrap and I doubt he’s going to change his ways now he’s 33 or whatever.

    Shame really because I disagree with you on his quality, he is an awesome player and to be fair if he does only two things in a match and they both lead to goals we have a very good chance of winning.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #36

    I was referring to Smith in my comment, not Viduka who apart from a couple of decent games has been a waste of the fee we paid for him.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #37

    ryantoon- If we had wanted him we could have asked for him to be thrown in with martins as part of the bent swap. Shame harry didnt think that your star player was better than bent who warms our bench.

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  • boater

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Ian…. the logic that players that have played but haven’t scored so far are more culpable than Smith who also hasn’t scored or played… is priceless. Keep them coming man – that kind of thing brightens the day no end.

    Bowburnmag… interesting thoughts on the whole effort and commitment of players debate.
    As usual, I take the opposite view of most other people… I say that three teams that go down every season are always the ‘hardworking, tireless, committed’ types. The one’s that hover and just sneak out of trouble normally do so because of a crucial class gulf. The championship is full of hardworking teams… the premiership is full of prancing (talented) pre-madonnas with massive egos. So… when I hear Kinnear saying this player and that player is gonna help us scrap our way out of trouble… I think we might as well accept relegation as inevitable…. just going off what nearly always happens.

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  • boater

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    JK will see – already has shown – Oba as a kind of daft luxury that will jeopardise our survival struggle.. he may even fancy Smith ahead of him… yes back to Allardyce hell. This is actually relegation thinking… you have to let your gifted players weave their magic that will be what separates us from the bottom 3 if we stay up…. reet yees get the point.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #40

    bennytoon

    haha you can only dream of martins haha

    because martins is so quick, harry might of twitched and missed him easy done, just ask your defenders 🙂

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