Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dyer Troubled

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dyer Troubled

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Kieron Dyer admitted last night that he fears he has not done enough to prove to Sir Bobby Robson he deserves to hold on to his new attacking role.

Dyer has worked well with Alan Shearer up front since being moved alongside the United skipper in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Southampton, with his skill and pace adding an extra dimension to the Magpies' forward line.

But, with Craig Bellamy on the road to recovery following surgery on his knee and Shola Ameobi waiting in the wings, Dyer knows he will have to do something extra special if he is to keep his friend and teammate out of the side once he regains full match fitness.

And the England international feels the only way he can do that, as long as he is played as a striker against Birmingham City at the weekend, is with goals.

He explained: "I think Alan and myself have played well together up front, although neither of us were effective as we would have liked against Liverpool, whose defence played exceptionally on the day.

"Still, that was probably our worst game together, which is a shame, because we'd been doing well since the start of the year and I was really enjoying the new role.

"It is a position I like playing in, but with Craig Bellamy and Shola Ameobi fit again I don't know how much longer the manager will want me to play there.

"At the end of the day, as Craig and Shola both know, the only way you're really judged as a striker is in goals and I've not scored since I got two at Southampton at the start of the month.

"I should have got another one against Leeds, but was brought down by the keeper, but if I'm going to stay there I'll have to find the back of the net."

Dyer, though, is fairly philosophical about the possibility he will have to move back into midfield, especially as he has already shown England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson what he can do in that position.

The Journal understands that the Swede was greatly impressed with Dyer's performances against Southampton and Leeds, as well as the way he harassed and harried the Manchester United defence in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford just over a fortnight ago. …

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