I Just Want To Contribute To Newcastle – Mark Viduka

Australian striker Mark Viduka, who has started just a single game for Newcastle this season, is determined to stay fit and play his part for Newcastle United during the last 12 games of the season.


Mark Viduka – just one start for Newcastle this season

The 33-year-old is now threatening to be almost fully fit again, after a couple of injuries have kept him out most of the last 8 months, and he’s appeared just 5 times this season. 

Mark did return to action during the 3-2 win at West Brom as a substitute, but was not used last Sunday in the 0-0 draw against Everton.

Viduka now vows to stay away from the injury room at Newcastle between now and the end of the season – we’ll see.

Mark said today:

“It was beautiful to get back on the pitch at West Brom,” “When you spend so much time with the physios it’s good to come on and finally get that ‘air time’.”

“It’s very frustrating to be injured and when you get a little bit older these things tend to take longer to recover from and also things start to affect you more.”

“But I just want to play and give my contribution.” “I think I still have a lot to offer to the team and I would like to be involved as much as possible – and stay fit.”

“The West Brom win really gave us a bit of confidence and we were happy to get the draw against Everton.”

Newcastle have a mini-run going with two draws and a win in their least 3 games, and it will be hugely important to get some result at Bolton on Sunday.

It would be good to see Mark return for that game, whether as a starter for Ameobi, or be brought on as a substitute, because there could still be goals for the Australian, and he seems to want to help the club in his final months on Tyneside.

Viduka added:

“If we can get on a good run, win two or three games and get some confidence back we will be looking up the table rather than down.”

As we keep pointing out, like a broken record, Mark has hardly earned his £60K a week wages at Newcastle, but maybe it would be a good move to start Mark this Sunday at Bolton.

He’s a good player, and has real class, and could do a job for Newcastle, because there’s no doubt he can plant the ball in the back of the net, and surely he would combine well with Oba Martins, who is also back in the side.

We’ve criticized Mark a lot over the last 18 months, because of his injury record on Tyneside, but he seems one stellar guy.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #1

    His goal against Boro last season was great, lets hope he can keep scoring goals like those

  • richyg01

    Feb 25, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Should start ahead of Ameobi

  • big boomer

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    The day was going good until I heard this.
    Fifth choice behind Martins, Owen Carroll and Ameobi

  • DJG

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Against Bolton we should use his strength and skill and the pace of Martins.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5

    We want you to contribute fella…..quality in abundance….not enough playing time to show it

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Aye I bet – someone has left a big pile of pies behind the club shop – you can contribute by getting rid of them !.

    Oh – you already have.

    On your bike freeloader.

  • Nick D

    Feb 25, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    how sweet of him.
    wonder how much it would come to, if we added all the wages of viduka, owen, smith, barton, duff
    in relation to actual playing hours.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #8

  • ben-nufc

    Feb 25, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #9

    he could easily contribute ………….

    by getting off our wage bill

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #10

  • Sav

    Feb 26, 2009 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Give us wor money back then.


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