Newcastle utility player
Antoine hasrejected the offer of a one-year contract at St James’ Park – as he wanted a two-year deal.
Sibierski did a very good job for us last year when he was called upon – and he developed an excellent rapport with the fans and it will be disappointing if he leaves Newcastle.
We think Newcastle should offer him a two year deal – he’s certainly not too old – and he is a good technical footballer, who under Big Sam’s direction could be even better than last year.
Sibierski can play striker or midfield – so as a utility player he could be very useful to us as a squad player for two years.
Big Sam has also shown he can get the very best out of aging players with ability – you have to look no further than Gary Speed – who has had a fantastic three years at Bolton since leaving Newcastle.
Sibierski, who scored 8 goals in 37 appearances for Newcastle – following a deadline-day free transfer from
Why don’t we reward people like Sibierski for their loyalty? – anyone who wants to play for us for two years – who is so liked by our fans – cannot be that bad of a deal.
Antoine said today:
“I would have loved to have stayed at
. I loved my time here at the club and the fans. Newcastle
“I had a great rapport with the supporters and I am sad that it looks like I am leaving.
“I wish Big Sam Allardyce all of the best for the future, as well as
and their fans.” Newcastle
From what we understand Sam Allardyce was willing to honor the deal that Sibierski had made with Glenn Roeder – but that was for just one year. We have known for a couple of months that Antoine preferred a two year deal – but we thought that could be worked out.
However, as he approaches his 33rd birthday – his family is apparently still living in the
His agent Willie McKay has however insisted the door is not closed, but the chances of
McKay said today:
“Antoine does not want more money, he simply wants to sign a two-year deal and does not feel it is worth uprooting his children from their current school for just one.
“He did leave
in disappointing circumstances, but he is still highly regarded as a top, top player and has been during his career. Manchester City
“He is the sort of player who plays off the front players and holds the ball up. But at City he was being played out on the left wing.
“Yes, he can play as a striker, which he does not mind, but he is a midfielder by trade.
“Antoine is very disappointed to leave
– but it is not too late for him to sign a two-year deal Newcastle
Our view on this is Antoine has earned a two year deal – and Newcastle should give it to him.
Comments welcome – as always