Dyer's inconsistent career
By David Wall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Opta analyse Kieron Dyer's eight-year stay with Newcastle United.With Sam Allardyce stating Kieron Dyer could leave St James' Park this summer, it is time to reflect on the attacking midfielder's eight-year Magpies stay.
When Dyer joined Newcastle in 1999, hopes were high. He had shone at Ipswich where his precocious talents had attracted a host of interested parties. Since then, his career has been a story of frustration and near misses.
Injury and competition for places restricted his appearances to 11 games in 2005-06 season, his lowest total in the Premiership. It is also interesting to note that goal assists have dried up as the seasons have gone by.
On the other hand, hitting the target has known a steady rise since the 2003-04 campaign when he hit a career low 33 per cent of shots on target.
However, his form picked up last season, earning him a recall to the England squad.
He racked up five goals - his joint-highest total since he arrived in the north-east - and found the target more times than any other season in the Premiership.
A move away from Newcastle may provide the impetus Dyer needs to resurrect his career.
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