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:
â€œI donâ€™t mind Geremi, I think he is a very good character and one the United fans will like a lot. â€œHe showed that at Chelsea and he was never a trouble-maker. â€œEven though he wasnâ€™t a regular, he didnâ€™t moan and got on with his job.
â€œGeremi is a strong lad, but has plenty of talent too. It is also worth the Newcastle fans noting he takes a superb free-kick â€“ in fact, he is very dangerous from set pieces.
â€œBut 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 â€“ but not Geremi.â€
Among Geremiâ€™s medal collection is the Gold Medal from the 2007 Sydney Olympics and two African Cup winners medals from 2000 and 2002.
â€œAfter seeing him in those tournaments, I know how proud and passionate he is when it comes to playing for a worthy cause. â€œAnd that helps when you are about to be playing in front of the Geordie public.
â€œThey demand that passion and I think at first Geremi will be a little bit surprised by that. â€œBut he can handle it. Some can handle it at Newcastle, and some canâ€™t.â€
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.
â€œItâ€™s a competition that is always a cause for concern for Newcastle and any club. â€œNewcastle have to contend with that, and there is also Oba Martins and maybe even Celestine Babayaro. â€œEven at Chelsea they will lose Didier Drogba!
â€œBut I know Sam has dealt with this before at Bolton with Jay-Jay Okocha, El-Hadji Diouf and Abou Faye.â€œHe knows the situation. â€œIt matters if a player is doing well. But if they arenâ€™t it is a case of, OK, see you in a few weeks! â€œOverall though, I think Newcastle have signed a fine player in Geremi.â€
Sam Allardyce was also pleased with the signing of Geremi â€“ 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.