Shearer Likely To Start Playing 4-3-3 Formation

We’ve had the news this week that Mark Viduka is threatening to be fit again and is scheduled to start full training sometime next week, after his latest injury.


Mark Viduka – can he come back and play a role?

While the news on Enrique and Taylor was a big disappointment yesterday, since we expected both to play tomorrow, there is some potentially good news on the big Australian.

In fact there’s a possibility Shearer could try to use Viduka in the Spurs game, but he will hardly be fit then.

But Shearer thinks that Viduka could still play a big role in the run-in to the season, and we think that Alan would be very willing to use the 4-3-3 formation that Kevin used so well last season at this time, and we already know that Alan has talked at length with Kevin this week.

Alan told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“A fit Mark Viduka would be massively important.”

“He, along with Michael and Oba, at this stage last year were playing together up front.”

“They were the main reason we got out of trouble last year.”

If Alan would use the 4-3-3 formation so we can get some goals with a more attacking formation, we will need to watch closely the fitness of Mark, and hope he is at least inspired to play for Alan this season. Alan of course is  one of the greatest English strikers ever.

But we could also play 4-3-3 with young Andy Carroll playing the Viduka role, since one of Andy’s strengths is his ball-holding ability – some food for thought.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    hopefully we will start using 443 starting tomorrow, but we need to put some of our taller players on for stoke, i heard shearer was thinking about putting Duff left back which just wont work at all. For our back 4 I would put Edgar LB mainly because of his height, then there is a lot of power in midfield, put I would still put Owen and Oba upfront with Carroll as little people can be tricky against monsters like Shawcross

    (6.0) (6.0) (6.2) (6.2)

    _______Nolan___ Butt___Jonas_______
    (6.0) (5.10) (6.1)


    (6.3) (5.7)

    Stokes back four are all huge

    (6.3) (6.5) (6.2) (6.1)

    Carroll will need to be on his very best against these guys.

  • DanToon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    v Stoke…


    Beye___Coloccini___Bassong___R. Taylor

    ___Guthrie___Nolan/ Butt___Jonas_____



  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope so, it will improve us defesively and offensively.

    How can anyone put Nolan or Ryan Taylor in their teams?!!?? Regardless of injuries they are absolutely shocking players.


  • Girth

    Apr 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Viduka = biggest miss of the season

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom Toon
    Agreed about Nolan and Taylor. But we bought them in Jan as cheap replacements for Milner, Nzog and Given. Is it any wonder we have a relegation team? The transfer policy these last two years has been a disaster.

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Viduka will be a big miss next season. he’ll be sold or injured but he won’t play because he is a big,fat piece of lard. Terrific in his heyday but we now buy rejects. Duff, Butt, Nolan, Taylor,Barton. The list is endless. Who was the last player we bought who was not readily sold by their club?

  • Disorder

    Apr 10, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    It is essential that Shearer keeps R. Taylor and Nolan out of the squad. Their performances since they have joined our club don’t even deserve to be called performances.
    Too bad Jose is out, he has become one of my favourite players this season. I really hope Edgar gets a start, because I still think he could be a good squad player for Newcastle. Colo has obvious problems with his confidence. It would be nice if we don’t get on his back.
    Anyway, there are 2 possibilities for our defence:
    if Shearer sticks with Coloccini it should be
    Beye – Colo – Bassong – Edgar
    if he drops Colo it should be like
    Geremi – Beye – Bassong – Edgar

    Midfield was our weakest link this season and I don’t have many ideas how should we play, so I would put in there anyone who would keep the ball on the ground.
    In attack I would like to see Owen, Caroll and Martins, but if we play only two strikers, Martins is the one that should be dropped.

    So, I feel like this is the strongest squad for tomorrow:

    This is the squad that will keep us up, so we can start all over again next season with Vuckic as a key player for us.
    Please don’t wake me up just yet.

  • Greg B

    Apr 10, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9


    Think Geremi could be useful in a hlding role, however think Shearer will stick with Butt who culd play here.
    Think the height of Jonas and Carroll would test the Stoke backline with Owen and Duff nipping in round the back.
    Id stick with Nolan as i think alongside Guthrie we could see a much happier player.
    Same reason id stick with Colo, as for the most part he seems comfortable alongside Bassong.

  • The Original Todd

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m sure I’ll get slammed for this, but I’ve missed Viduka. He really was a driving force in keeping the team up last season.

    And despite the descriptions of fat, lazy, etc that I see from some people, I don’t think he enjoys being injured. Having him back and fit could make all the difference in the fight for survival.

    If he shows the same dedication he did at the end of last season, the commitment will certainly be there. Can only hope the skill and fitness will be there as well.

  • workyticket

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #11

    “we think that Alan would be very willing to use the 4-3-3 formation that Kevin used so well last season at this time.”

    Don’t know what Shearer is going to do, but it was more of a 4-3-1-2 that Keegan used Ed, with Owen as the ‘1’ lurking behind the front two, ready to make daring runs and shots.


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