We thought that Charles N’Zogbia was quite happy to stay at Newcastle under the new regime led by Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort.
It appears as though that was not correct as the Evening Chronicle today reports that Charles is still unsettled at Newcastle.
The playerâ€™s representative Willie McKay has already met Sam Allardyce for talks to clear the air surrounding Nâ€™Zogbiaâ€™s position at St Jamesâ€™ Park and there are expected to be additional talks today with some answers expected.
A source close to Nâ€™Zogbia told the Evening Chronicle:
â€œHe is contracted at Newcastle until 2010 and wants to stay at the club.
â€œBut with the re-emergence of Albert Luque, who can play on the left hand side like he did for Deportivo la Coruna, and Damien Duff also to return from injury later in the year, he isnâ€™t sure whether he will have a future here.
â€œHe has already met the manager but talks are still ongoing.
â€œThe playerâ€™s representatives were supposed to be meeting the manager today.â€
It is known that Fulham and Bolton are both keen on signing the French ace but we think that Charles has a future at Newcastle. While he probably did not behave well at the end of last season – from what we understand the dressing room was anything but together during the last couple of games. Let’s not also forget that Charles has only just turned 21 and he still needs some guidance â€“ both as a person and as a footballer.
Before last season N’Zogbia played really well for the club and was very popular with the fans. The last thing we want to do is let our young stars leave, before they have had a chance to develop fully. Charles is apparently concerned that he will not get enough games at Newcastle with Duff and now Luque in the wings (excuse the pun). But we think Charles has a good chance to shine this season as long as Sam is willing to give him a chance â€“ which Charles hardly received from Glenn Roeder last season.
It’s clear that N’Zogbia’s problems started when Damien Duff was signed from Chelsea. Because of both his transfer fee and experience Duff continually got the nod over Charles last season – even though Damien’s displays â€“ by his own admission – were not up to par.
We hope Charles will be given the chance he needs while Duff is out injured – and then it’s up to Charles from that point on. Sam Allardyce is obviously keen to have some depth to his squad following Newcastleâ€™s torrid time with injuries the last couple of seasons – and no player should expect to be guaranteed a first team starting position next season.