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.
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,”Â “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 â€“ we do need more defenders as a priority â€“ 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?) â€“ 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 â€“ which is good because to get better next season and progress – Charles will need more games â€“ 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.