Newcastle Sign Geremi – Sam, Gavin Peacock Rate Him Great Buy

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has received a timely boost with Geremi’s free transfer from Chelsea officially completed today. The Cameroon International was granted a work permit after agreeing a three-year deal with Newcastle United earlier this week.

Former Newcastle player Gavin Peacock talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today about Geremi and Sam also made some comments on the signing.

Let’s look at what both Peacock and Allardyce think about the latest player Big Sam has signed for his Newcastle revolution.



Gavin told Lee Ryder this morning:

“I don’t mind Geremi, I think he is a very good character and one the United fans will like a lot. “He showed that at Chelsea and he was never a trouble-maker. “Even though he wasn’t a regular, he didn’t moan and got on with his job.

“Geremi is a strong lad, but has plenty of talent too. It is also worth the Newcastle fans noting he takes a superb free-kick – in fact, he is very dangerous from set pieces.

“But the main thing for me when it comes to talented players is their attitude, and at a club like Chelsea when players are in and out of the team, it can throw players – but not Geremi.”

Among Geremi’s medal collection is the Gold Medal from the 2007 Sydney Olympics and two African Cup winners medals from 2000 and 2002.

Peacock added:

“After seeing him in those tournaments, I know how proud and passionate he is when it comes to playing for a worthy cause. “And that helps when you are about to be playing in front of the Geordie public.

“They demand that passion and I think at first Geremi will be a little bit surprised by that. “But he can handle it. Some can handle it at Newcastle, and some can’t.”

However, one down side for Sam Allardyce will be the loss of Geremi for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana next January when he could miss up to six games for Newcastle.

Peacock says:

“It’s a competition that is always a cause for concern for Newcastle and any club. “Newcastle have to contend with that, and there is also Oba Martins and maybe even Celestine Babayaro. “Even at Chelsea they will lose Didier Drogba!

“But I know Sam has dealt with this before at Bolton with Jay-Jay Okocha, El-Hadji Diouf and Abou Faye.“He knows the situation. “It matters if a player is doing well. But if they aren’t it is a case of, OK, see you in a few weeks! “Overall though, I think Newcastle have signed a fine player in Geremi.”

Sam Allardyce was also pleased with the signing of Geremi – and added:

“We’ve signed a player who is a real winner and who has played on the biggest stages for both his clubs and his country.“He’s been at Real Madrid and he’s been at Chelsea, two of the top clubs in Europe and that tells you he must be a quality player.

“It’s a great bit of business for us and he’s very keen to be successful at Newcastle United, as we all are in the times ahead.

“Being able to add Geremi to Mark Viduka, Joey Barton and David Rozehnal has pleased me.

In all cases, we’ve had competition for these players but all the hard work we have put into bringing them to Newcastle and selling the club has paid off.”

We also think Geremi is a real winner – and we need these types of players at Newcastle – when for the first time in a long time – we really will be going all out to bring trophies to St James’ Park once again.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Steve R

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #1

    So are the above comments by GAVIN Peacock (former striker, also of Chelsea and TV Pundit), or DARREN Peacock (long haired central defender from mid 90s)???

  • rich

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #2


  • WelshWizard

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Darren Peacock is indeed an ex NUFC centre back but it was Gavin Peacock our ex Striker that was interviewed for the article……

  • Hacky

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Its Gavin Peacock the attacking Midfielder who saved out club from oblivion in Keegans early days who we sold to Chelsea who’s commenting. Not Darren the hippy defender.

  • I Chapman

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Gavin Peacock not Darren Peacock. Gavin was a midfield player!

  • Nick

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    A great addition to the squad … going by the comments and reports in the last couple of months it shows how much has changed since the last campaign … more importantly, at least on paper the club is moving in the right direction. The players that have been brought in thus far are already an indicator of this positive change. I am actually looking forward to the start of the season … unbelievable but true!!!!!!

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Geremi is a great signing but just wondering where he fits into the team. I think we will sign BEYE and play him RB, Solano and Milner will fight for RM so i think he’s competetion for CM for Butt, if Butt plays like he did last season then Geremi may find it hard to become a regular… any thoughts???

  • Toppsy Krett

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8

    For the record Darren Peacock played center-back for Newcastle United (under Kevin Keegan) from 1994 – 1998 appearing a total of 133 times and scoring two goals. Darren was very popular with the fans. – Yes, he did, though none of the quotes above came from him, they cam from Gavin Peacock. A bit of a ‘Cock’ up all round.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry – my screw up – it’s Gavin Peacock not Darren.

  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #10

    geremi is slightly above average. useful sub but lets hope nothing more

  • will

    Jul 6, 2007 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I am pleased with the acquisition of Geremi. Talented defensive midfielders are difficult to obtain in the current market. My only concern is that both Madrid and Chelsea have let him go. But Newcastle Utd are in the early process of rebuilding and this is a smart move for both parties.


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