Saturday, July 16, 2005

Newcastle, give Hugo Viana chance

Hugo Viana can play.

Mercurial, a bit self interested, a bit whiny, yes. A troublemaker? In the Laurent Robert mold? No, I think Bobby Robson promised him a lot to move there. He was mad about it and didn't handle it well.

At the time Hugo Viana was the most sought after teenager in Europe. The reality of the competition for places in the club and other ego’s was different. Newcastle, remember were ecstatic to get him.

Whether it was Viana or Newcastle that didn’t deliver, I don’t exactly know. I didn’t see a lot of the games he did play in. I read him crying about it when he didn’t play, that’s for sure.

The reason I write he should get a chance is because Newcastle need players that can create. He hopefully has something to prove, and he even has a real footballer's number now.

Viana, when the temperature is just right, when his boots are just so tight and didn’t get up too early for the flight, can play.

We gotta work on the other stuff, especially since the Newcastle fans have a reasonable bone to pick.

Viana, for all his talent, could have handled the whole thing differently. Think about all the Robert episodes, the fact that Gary Speed is gone; if only he was more patient, he’d of had many chances by now.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have rarely read a better thought out and extremely well written piece before, and one with which I agree so completely. When Hugo Viana arrived, everyone believed we'd got a brilliant young player, even better than Cristiano Ronaldo, and for about £4m less, by comparison a complete bargain. And yes he did look a bit stupid jumping and missing his header against Marseille, but from what I could see of it he had bugger all chance of getting that ball other than giving it everything with the header, which is what he tried to do (ok he is a bit short and was caught out of position on that occasion). I also thought we didn't see enough of him taking free kicks at goal, because the two he put in at the end of his first season (one against Birmingham and I can't remember the other team) were practically Beckhamesque. I definitely see him fighting Emre for his position in this suggested 4-3-3 formation Souness seems to be looking for next season. At the very least he is just the kind of young and extremely talented player you want at your club as they have a habit of coming good given time and opportunity. And it'll stop us having to spend money on Boa Morte.

7/18/2005 1:49 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Thanks for the compliment.

He's got another chance, new manager. We'll see.

I have a feeling it will go well this time. No Speed, no Robert = less competition.

7/18/2005 7:40 PM  
Anonymous JarraLynxie said...

i am sorry to disagree chaps, but this guy will NEVER make it in England. Talented, yes. Creative, yes. Mercurial left foot, yes. However, wrong league for this particular kid. People like Steve Gerrard, Claude Makelele, Roy Keane, etc etc, do not give you time to flick your hair out of your eyes before pirouetting aroung with the ball at your toe. You need steel, heart, and bottle in the premier league. And Hugo aint never gonna have it.

7/18/2005 9:11 PM  
Anonymous JarraLynxie said...

And another thing..... if you can not show a little fighting spirit in a UEFA cup semi final, then you are not going to show it on a wet wednesday night at Wigan. And Mister Souness will DEFFO not tolerate that sort of shirking. No sir, lets give the midfield to Scott Parker, and show the wasters the door, Butt and Viana for starters.

7/18/2005 9:14 PM  
Blogger jarralynxie said...

.....and anyone who ever saw GS play in his prime, will hope that he moulds his team in the same fashion. Give me a team of winners anyday over a set of overpaid brats who think it is ok to lose. A good loser is exactly that. A loser. GS is a winner and time will prove he is the New Joe Harvey.

7/20/2005 5:13 PM  

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