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.
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.