Viana frustrated with role at Newcastle

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  1. Selecao2002

    Selecao2002 New Member

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    It looks like Hugo Viana is starting to show some frustration with his reserve role at Newcastle. In a radio interview today, he mentioned that he would welcome to be loaned out for a year, if it meant that he would get more playing time, especially with the European championships looming in 2004.

    Here are some comments from Record.pt:

    Hugo Viana está insatisfeito com a actual condição de suplente no Newcastle United. O ex-jogador do Sporting, que se transferiu do Sporting para o emblema inglês no início da temporada, tem sido pouco utilizado por Bobby Robson e, com a proximidade do Europeu em Portugal, coloca a hipótese de ser emprestado a outro clube, ainda que pretenda ficar contratualmente ligado aos "magpies".

    "Para o ano é o Euro[-2004] e naturalmente gostava de estar presente. É claro que penso em ser emprestado, mas tenho que falar com os responsáveis do Newcastle. Gostava de ficar em Newcastle. Se não puder ser tão ou mais utilizado, na próxima época gostava de ser emprestado por um ano", afirmou à Rádio Renascença.

    Quanto ao encontro desta noite ante o Barcelona, o qual a formação de Bobby Robson tem de vencer e esperar que o Inter não ganhe ante o Leverkusen, Hugo Viana reconhece que a tarefa é "muito difícil".


    Abola’s Noticias na Hora had a slightly different perspective on the radio interview, mentioning that he wanted to leave the club – not necessarily on a loan deal:

    Hugo Viana assumiu hoje a sua disposição de deixar o Newcastle no final desta época. O jovem «internacional» português que se transferiu do Sporting para o futebol inglês mostra-se francamente insatisfeito pela sua qualidade de eterno suplente na equipa de Bobby Robson.

    «É claro que a situação não me agrada. Todo o atleta gosta de jogar, e se não o faço no Newcastle, terei de encontrar uma solução para o fazer. Mudar de ares é uma forte possibilidade», asseverou o médio português em declarações à Renascença. Hugo Viana, que protagonizou uma transferência milionária, diz ir falar de novo com os dirigentes do clube, transmitindo-lhe o que pensa sobre a situação em que vive.


  2. Wide Boy

    Wide Boy New Member

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    As a Newcastle fan, I certainly hope that Hugo begins to start games more regularly.

    Even when playing out of position (wide on the left) he looks good.

    Although Gary Speed, Newcastle's main left-sided central midfielder, is injured it looks as if Jermaine Jenas is the preferred replacement.

    Laurent Robert, our left winger, is in abysmal form and Hugo would be a welcome replacement for him.

    Hugo came on as sub last night against Barcelona, with the score 0-1. He played well enough and almost scored with a free kick taken from the right-hand angle of the penalty area. The goalie saved it, but had a very painful collision with the goal post.
  3. Wide Boy

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  4. prk166

    prk166 Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't see Vianna as a replacement for Robert at all. Vianna just needs to be patient, his time will come.


  5. Wide Boy

    Wide Boy New Member

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    I agree that wide left is not Hugo's best position.

    However, given that Newcastle have preferred players (I don't say better players) in the centre and given that Robert is pants this season, most of Hugo's opportunities have come as Robert's replacement.

    I am sure all that Hugo really wants is a decent run (say 6 games) as starter in his best position, to show what he can really do in England.

    The danger of remaining patient with the current situation is the the Portugues national coach may not select a player who is not a regular starter for his club.
  6. CrewToon

    CrewToon New Member

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    I agree with Wide Boy. Although Jenas is the preferred choice in center-midfield, Robert's Mackem-like play has given Viana the chance to show his talent at left wing. I think the only reason Viana doesn't play more is all the money Newcastle spent on the irrelevant Frenchman.
  7. RuiJorge2002

    RuiJorge2002 New Member

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    Hey, if things are still not to Hugo's liking, you can always loan him to Sporting next season. ;)

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