A list of the ‘Most Beautiful’ to have graced the Premier League has been compiled and three Newcastle players have been included.
The use of the word ‘Beautiful’ is used as a description of their talents rather than looks and of the three Newcastle players included, I can certainly see why two of them made the list…
The list has been compiled by The Mail and on Monday they have revealed the players No.41-50 on their most beautiful list.
It may well just be an exercise to fill in the gap whilst the international break is on, but it is still interesting to see the Newcastle players named, and why they were included from an outside perspective.
The Mail’s rationale for the list is:
‘These are the players who lit up grounds around the country, whose skill, comfort in possession and penchant for the spectacular won them the hearts of fans and minutes on Match of the Day.
They’re the players you buy a ticket to see. The defenders who play like they’ve got all the time in the world. The midfielders who spot a pass nobody else can see. The strikers who create a goal out of absolutely nothing.’
As for the three Newcastle players who make positions 41-50:
- Mark Viduka (Leeds 2000-04, Middlesbrough 2004-07, Newcastle 2007-09)
‘He’s got good feet for a big man’ might be an overused cliche, but it’s certainly one which fits 6ft 2in Viduka, scorer of 92 Premier League goals for three different clubs over a nine-year spell.
The powerful Aussie could dominate in the air, although it was his ability to twist and turn away from defenders – often with some eye-catching skill thrown in – to create space and score which marks him out as one of the best imports from Down Under.’
Magic moment: ‘The third of his four goals in a stunning 4-3 comeback win for Leeds against Liverpool in November 2000. Viduka left Patrik Berger on his backside with clever turn before firing low into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick and make it 3-3. Two minutes later he bagged the winner.’
- Faustino Asprilla (Newcastle 1996-98)
‘With his languid style, acrobatic goal celebrations and silky skills, Asprilla was a bit of an enigma during his short-lived two-year spell in Newcastle’s famous black-and-white stripes.
The colourful Colombian wasn’t a prolific goalscorer on Tyneside but he was a delight to watch most of the time, keeping supporters entertained with his unpredictability on the pitch and frustrating his mangers with his antics off it.’
Magic moment: ‘It may have come in the Champions League, but we can’t ignore Tino’s first-half hat-trick against Barcelona in a memorable 3-2 victory in September 1997. There won’t be many players who manage that again.’
- Laurent Robert (Newcastle 2001-06, Portsmouth 2005-06 loan)
‘Ineffective one day and unplayable the next, Robert still became a firm favourite at St James’ Park due to his dynamic play down Newcastle’s left side and wand of a left foot.
A specialist free-kick taker and a fine volleyer of the ball, the Frenchman may feel he didn’t quite make the most of natural talent after enduring a nomadic last few years of his career.’
Magic moment: ‘Robert scored plenty of wonderful goals for the Magpies but his overhead backheel – if you can call it that – against Fulham in January 2004 tops the lot. A must watch on YouTube.’
Laurent Robert is one of my favourite players for Newcastle and one who isn’t given the credit he deserves by many Newcastle fans. So many brilliant goals and assists.
As for Tino – obviously he was a law unto himself but great entertainment on his ‘going’ days.
As for Mark Viduka….being honest he was a quality player for Leeds and up to a point at Middlesbrough but just a big lazy lump by the time he got to Newcastle United.
One of the many shocking transfers that Sam Allardyce made (Barton, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa etc..) and which were a major factor in relegation the following season.