Newcastle Now Need To Get Viduka And Smith Involved

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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Tom

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Only involve him if he is going to give his all. And not ahead of Lovenkrands and Martins (and possibly Carroll, I think he could do Vidukas job in the 4-3-3)

    Your right though Ed, I think we should be suing them as well! Pretending to be footballers!

  • aus_toon_todd

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    fair article ed, viduka should have played, houghton won’t make the same mistake twice. Viduka/Martins v Bolton.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – loved the optimism about Man United match. We are gonna get spanked by manure.

    Would love a draw – maybe 1 loan striker upfront and all else in the box. Nearly worked for Mackems.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not sure when you think Viduka should have been brought in.

    He’s not fit enough to do 90 minutes, and you don’t start someone knowing you’ve used up one of your subs before you’ve even kicked a ball.

    Martins was always going to be sent on rather than Viduka when we did need to swap out a striker.

    When it came to our last sub decision, it was close – a clever git who can get a goal from nothing, but who never tracks back to defend, or a known battler who seems to have forgotten what a goal looks like, but who will give his all wherever he is needed.

    I reckon Hughton got it right.

  • Nick D

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed you’ve got to drop the ”royal we”.
    I don’t want to see Smith in midfield or anywhere else for that matter.
    51 games = no goals
    51 games = no assists

  • Ben_BKK

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    I also think suing them would be a good idea, for all the money we’ve wasted on them so far 😛

  • big boomer

    Feb 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Smith I can tolerate because he puts a shift in. Viduka sorry I cannot have him. he doesn’t suit our style of play. A hold up man who needs runners to go beyond him. Look at our midfield and tell me which one of Butt and Ryan Taylor are are going to go past him and into the danger area.
    Lovenkrands neither. Harry Redknapps missus could have scored with that chance yesterday.

  • cicero

    Feb 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Personally I think we should get rid of Viduka in the summer as we don’t get a return for what we pay him, BUT we were crying out for him on Sunday, we needed someone to play with their back to goal and hold the ball up. I love Oba but he’s not a lone striker. When he’s fit Viduka is as good as any striker in the premiership, play him every game we can until the summer.

  • Kash

    Feb 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    After seeing Shola being rubbish once again, I’m dying for Viduka to come back. Shola kept putting pressure on our midfield and strikers by not ever keeping the ball up front. Something Viduka can do.

    I’m also looking forward to Smudge playing up front. His constant battling and closing down would make a massive difference against weaker defences. But he has to play in his natural position!

  • Sav

    Feb 23, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    The time to get 3 points was yesterday, at home against a weakened Everton team. But at no time did we look in charge. Our best chance came when their defence was caught napping but Lovenkrands was doing the same and missed.
    Bolton are getting a run together and will not roll over. They haven’t missed Kevin Nolan as much as I fear we will.

  • playzoginthemiddle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Smith cannot tackle properly. He can’t play in the middle where we’ll have even less creativity if him and Butt play there. Ed, I agree with Nick – in every article we have “we think this and we think that”. We all know you fundamentally run the whole website, and a good job you do too. However, your views are certainly not mine. I don’t want a positive spin on everything and as a lifelong newcastle fan I don’t need this optimism, or to be told amongst other things that “we think” Allardyce should have been given more time and that viduka would surely have scored if he was on the park yesterday.

    And I really need to change my user name – which apparently I can’t do. Help.

  • playzoginthemiddle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    And Lovenkrands is Tomasson mark two.

  • Shanghaitoon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Err… What is Smudge’s natural position?? A striker who doesn’t score goals? A midfielder who doesn’t create goals? Maybe his natural position is on crutches… 🙁

  • m0090

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #14

    just like Leeds when they got relegated, eh? utter sh*te! sack both of them!


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