It has been reported for the last couple of days that various clubs – including West Ham and Bolton – are interested in our young left winger Charles N’Zogbia â€“ who has looked a great player in the making while at Newcastle – except for last season.
While most fans thought Charles would leave the club in the summer for pastures anew â€“ probably Arsenal â€“ Sam Allardyce seems to have already weaved his magic with the quiet young 21 year-old Frenchman.
We have thought that two players who could benefit most from Sam Allardyce’s tenure at Newcastle would be Charles N’Zogbia and Oba Martins. The reason being that both players are young and both need some â€“ dare we say it â€“ fatherly help – to allow them to mature to their potential â€“ which in both cases is great.
Now we hear that N’Zogbia is being tracked by West Ham after they captured Craig Bellamy yesterday for â‚¤7.5M. But we feel there is no way that Sam will let N’Zogbia go anywhere next season. The reports are that Sam has already formed a bond with the youngster and we hear that Charles was giving a full 100% in training last week in Austria. Isn’t it strange how some good man-management can bring out the best in players â€“ especially youngsters.
Roeder did not have a good relationship with Charles and probably used him as a scapegoat for a number of Newcastle’s under- achieving performances towards the end of last season. Probably a bit unfair to take it out on a youngster rather than one of the more experienced players. However, it’s the old adage in management that you get what you expect out of people.
With Damien Duff injured through the end of this year Charles will no doubt get an opportunity to come out and show Sam what he is capable of â€“ and we think he’s going to do just fine. We also think this is good news for Newcastle and look for other players who will have a resurgence and look much better next season under the tutelage of Big Sam â€“ master motivator.