We thought it rather strange that Charles N’Zogbia wasn’t even on the bench today at Watford – and that Matty Pattison started on the left side of midfield.
Well – it appears that Charles was initially named on the substitutes’ bench – but he was so upset about this – he stormed out of the Vicarage Road ground before the kick-off.
After the disappointing 1-1 draw with bottom team Watford this afternoon – we thought something may be wrong with N’Zogbia – and sure enough – caretaker boss Nigel Pearson issued this statement, regarding Charles N’Zogbia, after the game:
“He was originally on the bench, but he did not really want to be there.
“I have no idea whether he stayed at the ground to watch the game. Will there be disciplinary action? That is something for next week.”
“You can make your own judgements about it, but it is very important that everyone associated with the club acts in a professional manner.”
The trouble really started with N’Ziogbia at Newcastle when Damien Duff was signed last summer from Chelsea.
We didn’t seem to need another left-winger with N’Zogbia and young Irish International Alan O’Brien seemingly filling that position.
Charles has not had too many games this season – starting only 20 games and coming on as a substitute in another 15 games.
The rumors within the club are that N’Zogbia has too high an opinion of himself – and with Arsenal manager Wenger a big fan of Charles for at least a couple of years – don’t be surprised if Charles leaves us in the summer for Arsenal.
We hope that doesn’t happen – and hopefully Allardyce will speak to the players about his plans for next season – and we would hope they include Charles.
He is just too good a player (and only turns 21 on May 28th) to let go so early in his career.
But – as always we will have to wait and see.
Let us know what you think of N’Ziogbia – and what you think the club should do with him.