Kieron Dyer was a tremendous prospect when he was signed for Newcastle by Ruud Gullit back in August of 1998 for £6M from Ipswich Town.
Kieron Dyer – never fulfilled his huge potential
At the time time that was a record transfer fee Ipswich had received for any one player, and Kieron was just 20 years old, with the world at his feet, so to speak.
But 11 years later and Kiern Dyer has never fulfilled the fantastic potential he had, and even though he managed to play 33 times for England, it is a career that was interrupted too many times by injuries, and the attitude of the lad, at least while he was at Newcastle, didn’t help much either.
But Kieron does have some words of advice for our young 21 year-old striker, Andy Carroll, and that is to sort himself out in his personal life, before it is too late for his football career, as it is now for Dyer.
This is what 31 year-old Kieron, who could play against Newcastle for West Ham on Saturday, had to say today about his 8 years on Tyneside:
“We had a young exciting team, a fantastic team when you think about it.” ” But there was a lot going on off the pitch as well.” “They called us the Brat Pack, and I suppose we were at the time.” “There was myself, Craig Bellamy, Jermaine Jenas, Titus Bramble, Carl Cort — we were young lads who had a lot of money, single, living away from home.”
“We were enjoying life off the pitch and we got up to all sorts. But that is the problem you have in a city like Newcastle.” “We were doing well on the pitch and we were intent on enjoying ourselves off it, but we got into too many scrapes. We attracted the wrong sort of attention and there are things I did which I just can’t believe when I look back.”
“That is what happens when you turn young men into millionaires in a city where they receive so much adulation just for being footballers.” “There are so many dangers when that happens, so many pitfalls — I fell into a lot of them.”
“I look at Andy Carroll and you can see the same problems. I hope he gets himself sorted out because he could become an excellent player.”
Of course the worst event for Kieron was when he got into a fight with team-mate (so to speak) Lee Bowyer, in April of 2005, and that was news shown around the world, and became a huge embarrassment for the famous Newcastle United club.
The game was against Aston Villa on April 2nd at St. James’ Park, , in front of a sold-out crowd of 52,306, and we were 3-0 down in the second half, after having an unbeaten streak of 12 games under then manager Graeme Souness, and the fight came about after Dyer had failed to pass to Bowyer, who went over to confront his fellow midfielder.
Both were sent off but made a public apology soon after the match, at the insistence of then captain Alan Shearer.
Those are things the damage the image of th Newcastle club, and we’re glad they are over – hopefully – and we were quite pleased when Dyer left the club for West Ham in August of 2007, for £6M.
But his carer has been completely blighted in London and in over three seaosn he’s appeared only 27 times for the Hammers with no goals. He made 250 total appearances for Newcastle with 36 goals, and let’s hope he doesn’t score a couple of goals on Saturday, as our other former player – Charles N’Zogbia - did last Saturday for Wigan.