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Mark Viduka Is Such A Key Player For Newcastle Now

Oba Martins and Mark Viduka should both be available for Monday night’s game against Portsmouth, which is just a must-win game – make no mistake about that.


Mark Viduka – important this player stays fit

It’s quite possible that Alan Shearer will try to start Oba, Viduka and Owen together in a three pronged attack on Monday night, and with Jose Enrique now back from injury, Alan could well play 4-4-3 for the first time in his short management career.

When Oba and Mark came on with some 30 minutes to go against Tottenham Hotspur, we looked a much better side up front, and Alan talked about that this morning:

“Oba has done well in training. They had a day off (on Wednesday), but they were back in yesterday.”

“At this moment in time, both Oba and Mark Viduka are fit. But it’s a case of monitoring them every day they come in to be honest.”

“I was delighted with Mark’s contribution at the weekend, I thought he played very well when he came on. He’s a threat.”

“He can hold the ball up, and can probably do something that no one else in our team can do at this moment in time. We’re hopeful that he might be fit for Monday again.”

It seems obvious that Shearer knows the considerable ability that Mark Viduka has, and if only he can get Viduka, Martins and Owen on the field together, we should be a lot more potent in attack, and may even be able to score some goals, which could give us the wins we so desperately need.

We have to hope these three players can be fit for the last 5 games of the season, and that Joey Barton is fit, maybe for the game at  Liverpool, and that Steven Taylor also comes back soon.

If that happens, and the lads show more fighting spirit than they’ve shown us in the last few games, we’re still in with a fighting chance of staying up, but we now know it’s going to be very close.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • DevonMag

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    443 eh? That’d be a good formation, if only we could play 443 every week, I’m sure we wouldn’t be second bottom! 🙂

  • bettyswollocks

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    aye ed. we might dee alreet with that extra man in our new 4-4-3 formation. Not sure portsmouth will be too happy about it like.

  • Davies

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Nice one Ed, but could we swap it for a 4-3-4. We could chuck Ranger on then as well.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4


    my dream formation

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5
  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, your on fire this morning mate.

    You cant deny that the dukes held the ball up well against the spuds – but we couldnt finish and thats the difference!

    We must get the ball in the net!

    I still predict 2 – 1 to the toon. Based on 4 3 3 attacking formation.

    Anyone remember Guthrie’s goal against Pompey at Fratton – lovely!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s the only player at the club with genuine skill and quality!

  • batty

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    if he,s got the ball its not very often he loses it

  • batty

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    and he can still turn and shoot as good as any one in the prem

  • Macas35

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Great player with the ball at his feet, but like Owen he needs to be used correctly. Lets hope the midfield can be a bit more effective against Portsmouth, and Enrique adds something as well on the left.

  • Girth

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    said it before, and i firmly believe it, he is the biggest loss of the season for the squad we have.
    Forget other creating chances for Owen and Martins, Viduka does it him self with his intellegence, touch, control and lay off, he brings so many other team mates into play. add to the fact (even in the 20 mins at spurs) he has 3 defenders on him, this creates space for other people. On his day, fantastic (team) player…

  • DENIro

    Apr 24, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #12

    4 3 3






  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 25, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13



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