Newcastle United are expecting striker Mark Viduka to be a major player, as Newcastle once again fight for survival in the Premier League, for the third season running.
Mark Viduka – not involved yesterday
Mark was left on the bench through a rather toothless performance up front from Shola Ameobi yesterday, and fans have to be questioning why Newcastle aren’t playing Mark Viduka, while he is fit.
Chris Hughton has already said last week that when Viduka is fit, he can play a very important role for the club.
Chris Hughton had said:
“Mark has a very big role to play for us,”
“(The players) regardless of what part they play, have a contribution to make and that’s the same for Mark.”
“We are certainly much better off with a fully-fit Mark Viduka than without him.”
Mark is a good player, and he can surely help the club bang in a few goals in the last 12 games of the season. There were some beautiful crosses put over in yesterday’s game by Ryan Taylor, and if Mark had been in the center, surely at least one of them would have ended up in the back of the net.
Mark has started just one game for Newcastle all season with four substitute appearances and no goals. Alan Smith came on for the last 13 minutes in yesterday’s game for his very first appearance of the season.
Both players are picking up around £60K/week at the club so surely Newcastle should be using them in the next 12 games, whether or not the club decides to unload them in the summer.
Their appearance record could be improved immensely if they are played, and maybe it’s that Mark is just not fit enough yet.
Time to get Mark match fit by bringing him into the games, and if that’s at the expense of Shola Ameobi, so be it.
Newcastle could do worse than have Alan Smith start in midfield next Sunday at Bolton, if Danny Guthrie is unavailable, and surely he can start earning his money this season with a committed performance, which Alan can give.
Mark Viduka and Alan Smith are two experienced players who should be able to help the side, big time, in the final 12 games of the season.
And getting a win next Sunday at Bolton is what Newcastle need, before the team meets Manchester United at home in the next home game.
But the way Blackburn gave The Red Devils everything they could handle last Saturday, has to give Newcastle some hope they may be able to get something out of that next home game.