N’Zogbia Ready To Be Regular First Teamer at Newcastle


Last week in Austria Sam sat down with a number of players to have a one-on-one talk with them.

One of those players – whose career at Newcastle didn’t look too promising at the end of last season was Charles N’Zogbia.

Charles didn’t seem to perform well for Glenn Roeder and at the end of the season it almost looked like there was a personality clash between the two of them.

Not so with new manager Sam Allardyce who has told Charles he can nail down a first team place at Newcastle and thinks he’s a fantastic young player. We’ll take a look at what Sam said yesterday about our 21 year old left winger.

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Charles N’Zogbia – a fantastic young player

As we know there have been rumors linking Charles to West Ham and Bolton – and Arsenal have had a long term interest in the Frenchman. This is what Sam Allardyce told Newcastle’s official website regarding the N’Zogbia rumors.

“It’s news to me,”  “Speculation is rife and as always there’s a lot of speculation around Newcastle United.

“We don’t want any players to be leaving the football club because it’s a growing team and a growing squad we need to build.

I’m still short of probably four defenders, so why would I want to go and sell a forward player, and then have another problem replacing him?

That’s good news – we do need more defenders as a priority – but is Sam really thinking of filling out the squad with all defenders. We expect that if we can keep our strikers then we need one more defensive midfielder (Dusher?) – and then another center back and two full backs. That would see the squad as very strong for the coming season.

Sam then went onto talk about N’Zogbia:

“For me Charles is a fantastic young player, and he’s got a great opportunity to improve his ability and improve his skills and take a regular place in Newcastle United’s first team.

Looks like Sam is already a believer in young Charles – which is good because to get better next season and progress – Charles will need more games – let’s hope he’ll get them.

Sam then went on about his ambitious transfer plans for the summer – which of course are not yet complete:

“We’ve already brought in four players and to get another four means eight, and that is a massive task for any football club in any part of any season, certainly in the summer, so to sell one and start bringing in others makes life even more difficult.”

If Sam can bring in the extra four players that means we will have let seven go and brought in eight. But we wonder if Sam will send Krul, Edgar or Carroll out on loan next season. If Krul goes then we’ll need to bring in another goalkeeper. Maybe Sam doesn’t want to send anybody out on loan and use the reserve team games to give players a game. We still need to wait on that one.

The big advantage Sam has is our squad already had some good players in it when he took over. Let’s hope we’ll see the very best of them next season – and then we might be able to really surprise people. Given that Sam will have massively strengthened our defense and we will now have Viduka and Owen as strikers strikers from last season – the squad is starting to look strong again.

Top six would be a great start for us next season for the new era under Sam and Mike Ashley.

Comments always welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • roscoe

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I would like to see this combination played for one of our friendlies provided we get Duscher…
    I think Luque is class!!!

    _______Given

    Geremi Taylor Rozehnal ?????

    ______Duscher

    Milner____Barton___ Luque

    _____Owen_____Martins

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  • Kash

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    N’Zogbia, Krul, Martins and Taylor have the potential to go on and become top, top players for club and country. Particularly CZ, who seems to posess everything a creative midfielder needs to be successful in the premiership. He’s quick, strong on the ball, very skillful, has an eye for goal, good passing ability and from time to time a good cross too. If Sam can make him more consistent, then I can’t see Duff getting back into the team.

    One thing I noticed was when he burst on the scene, he gave his all. Roeder destroyed his confidence, hopefully Big Sam can restore that and we’ll see the CZ that the black and white gave birth to!

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  • jeff

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    not a bad line up……….I cant believe the number of people who are coming out supporting Luque now……..Ive said all along he was made a scape goat by Roeder and that he was never given a chance under roeder..Its good to hear,he might actually get the fans behind him for once….sam seems to be very interested in making him the player he once was…….Now for nzogbia,his chance is now….with duff injured he needs to take this opportunity and do what we all know he can…..nows his time to keep duff out the team….thats what we need competition in all places not huffy players….Come on the toon

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  • Doctapaul

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Zog could be a great player.

    Like many, I saw N’Zogbia getting better by the game two seasons ago and then “phlump”. Duff signs and gets priority. Zog and Roeder had some sort of spat in one of the early European games. Zog picked up an injury soon after and went into what apppeared to be an “indignant self-righteousess” phase. (I say this because most of us have been through one of these phases at some stage in our lives.) From there, relationships dwindled even further.

    I sincerely hope that Zog picks up Sam’s Olive Branch and gives it his all. He can rekindle his career in 2-3 games and from there the sky is the limit.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Kash – think you’re exactly right – young players need that confidence from their managers – Roeder destroyed Charles’ confidence.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Doctapaul – agreed – exactly right – though i can’t remember going through that self-righteous phase 😀

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  • jeff

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    not just young players ed…..look what roeders done with luque

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    jeff – i stand corrected .

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  • aaron d

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    That line-up for a friendly would be a good experiment. Luque definitely deserves a chance and under Sam i think will. He seems dedicated to NUFC, he’s back in training on his own and skipped his own honeymoon. Watch some of the YouTube videos he is a class player no doubt. Wasn’t fair when he couldn’t even make the bench when we had all those injurys. Should of never signed Duff, just think how good N’Zogbia would be now if he continued in the first team, maybe even in the french squad. Roeder had done very little to help NUFC all, ruined Luque and N’Zogbia.

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  • aaron d

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    If Martins leaves who do you think should replace him, i don’t think gudjohnson wants to come. Who else?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    aaron – Jermain Defoe?

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  • Darren

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d sell Zog, can’t stand his attitude at all. Use the cash to get someone else in.

    Think about it, we signed another player who plays in his position, an international too, and he takes a strop. Sell him to Arsenal and let him take a huff for them when he realises they too have other players who want his place in the team.

    As for the Watford game, if the phone rumours were true I would have smashed his smug face in with it before sticking it where the sun don’t shine.

    He then walked out before the game but returned within 15 mins.

    Why did he come back?

    Cos he was lost – he didn’t know where he was!!

    Plenty money – no brains at all.

    What a total prat.

    Sell him.

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  • aaron d

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Wouldn’t be worth selling him, probably only get around £4m and you wouldn’t get a decent replacement for that. Babel would be the ideal replacement and he cost £11.5m. Considering he’s young, highly talented he deserves a chance. But the phone thing and the watford game were wrong, but maybe that was because he didn’t get on with Roeder. New manager in, so give him a fresh start. Duff is far too injury prone.

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  • Bjorgvin

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m sure Gudjohnsen does not like to go from Barca to Newcastle. But what that lad needs is games, and for sure he’s not – and will not be getting them at Barcelona. I Hope he realize that sooner then later. Whether he’ll be getting more games for Newcastle is a another matter.

    What happened to Butt? Do you think Duscher is so much better than him?

    But I like roscoe’s line-up and would be excited to see that team in action soon. I’m not that sure Luque would be more efficient on the left wing than N’Zog. And quite frankly im not sure where on the pitch Luque would fit in. Maybe on the left in a 4321 lineup, behind the lone striker.

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  • matt w

    Jul 13, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    i think C.Nzog has the ability to be one of the best LWingers in the prem, even in europe. i do agree that now that Duff is injured he must take advantage of this opportunity with Duff being out injured to prove his worth to Sam! i really hope he takes his chance.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    aaron D – i cannot believe Liverpool paid that much for Babel – with the 27M they paid out for Fernando Torres – i guess Rafael Benitez is trying to spend the Americans’ money asap. Think those are ridiculous prices for those players – and not good value – they are good players but not worth that much.

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  • Lew Davies

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Darren — nearly all footballers fall into the catagory of ” loads of money – no brains, total prat” Just look at beckham!!!
    You are missing the point though, these players just need good management to bring them back on track, put a friendly arm around them and show them the way forward. Unfortunatly for both CNZ and Luque, they had the rodent, who clearly reacted the same way as you, spat the dummy out and left them to stew. Then when the chips are down, expect them to just put on a great performance at the drop of a hat. A total bollix way of management, and hence our 13th placed finish last season. Man management is as important as tactical nouse, (which rodent also had none to speak of). BSA has surprised many already since coming in, myself included, and if he gets more out of CNZ and Luque then thats fantastic. Just cant wait for the season to start. TOON TOON.

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  • Lew Davies

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed- totally agree, and just will laugh my socks off if it all goes pear shaped at L’pool. I’m sure it would be easy for BSA to do likewise if he wanted, but as the Toon know, it doesn’t always work out right and sometimes it takes awhile for these so called super stars to fit into life in the prem.

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