Sam Full of Praise For Charles N’Zogbia

It was rather a surprise when Charles N’Zogbia was named at left back by Sam Allardyce for the game at Carlisle on Saturday. In the past we might have expected Charles to have been unhappy at being played out of position again.

But not so – Sam was full of praise for Charles’ play on Saturday which augers well for Charles’ future at the club.

We have always thought that Charles can benefit greatly from Sam’s fatherly guidance – and still think Charles can be a great little player for Newcastle in the future.


Charles N’Zogbia

Big Sam told Newcastle World after the game on Saturday:

“Charles N’Zogbia arguably could be the best left back this club has on its books at the moment playing like that.

“For him, and me, it was an opportunity to see him give a terrific performance in that position.

“He did everything the right way. He made fewer mistakes than a lot of his team-mates, he created a lot of great opportunities for us coming from deep and defensively where I thought he might get caught out – and perhaps might in the Premiership – he did not get caught out.

“I think it could be a good position for him if he wants to play there.

“Some people have said he may not be comfortable with it but he should be comfortable with any position as long as it’s 1-11 playing for Newcastle United.”

Oh – we just love that last sentence. Sam is indicating that any player should be happy just getting into the team and he’s so right. We expect a sea change with Charles’ attitude this season and he played the whole game on Saturday and played well.

The only negative would seem be Charles’ height (5’7″) – since Sam has repeatedly talked about wanting taller defenders – and that is thought to be the reason why he was not interested in Leighton Baines of Wigan. But Sam has that knack for not only getting the best out of players – but also having them enjoy playing for him. It will be interesting to see if Charles starts again at left back against Celtic on Thursday evening.

But this is good for Charles and Newcastle – and the boy should be congratulated on his attitude – after all he had precious little support last season. We are really pleased with his performance (out of position?) on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Josh

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Well looks like Leighton Baines is going to Sunderland anyway, so unless there is another LB on the way N’Zogbia will have to play there, to me NOT to be negative but it sounds like an excuse for not being able to get a LB.

    Hope this week there is a few signings would be great!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Josh – if Charles can play well at LB he can also play well as a left midfielder – we think Sam has seen how good Charles is – and can be in the future – but we still need a LB in – Nicky Shorey would be good.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    One more thing – this is a good example of how we already have good players in the squad – if we only can get the best out of them – seems Sam has worked out how to do that with Charles.

  • Kash

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    N’Zogbia will become a far better player than dyer. Both players are quite similar but Charles has better passing, crossing and shooting ability!

    Dyer Who???????????

  • AndyT

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    If Sam plays Zogs at left back while Baines goes to the mackems I’ll be a bit pissed off.
    He’s made no secret of the fact he wanted big, premiership experienced defenders. If he throws in a short youngster learning a new position in…

  • Nufc1000

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    We’ve had two full seasons now of various players playing out of position and apart from a very short term (one game) solution, it never works out in the long term (Solano being an exception, but then he played right back for Peru). I really dont think Allardyce will start the season with N’Zogbia at left back, i think it would be asking far too much of a player who is still young, inexperienced and reasonably low on confidence. I have total faith that Sam will sign these ‘3-4 players’ he has mentioned recently, there is no major need to panic as there is plenty time left before the transfer window shuts. One thing is clear though, we simply can not start the season with the current defenders we have. Last season was a disaster as a result of being grossley under staffed in defence.

  • davc

    Jul 23, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Ok he may have played well but I’m not an advocate of the philosophy of “if yer good, yer good anywhere” although it works on occasions. N’Zogbia’s (IMO) best possie is outside left. Just like Olivier Bernard’s best position was there as well. Bernard was stuffed by playing him as a left-back. Play N’Zogbia no further back than left mid otherwise it’s a was of a talented player.

  • Rich

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    let the mackems have Baines, im glad we havent forked out 6mil for a mediocre left back.

    but if we play Zog left back and Duff’s out till November whos playing left wing? Pattison?

    things are starting to look thin on the ground already :-\

  • evil dick

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Why don’t we just buy a left back!

  • Obafan

    Jul 23, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #10

    For the last couple of weeks my confidence of having a good start of the EPL is getting smaller and smaller. If there is one club who really needs to build a new good and solid defence then it is NUFC. And which club is not having any activity at the transfer market at this moment: NUFC. How many time will be left to gel our “new” defence when we buy a week before the start or when we buy at the end of August???

    Yes, every morning when you read the gossip you read a new (or more) names of players linked to NUFC, but what happens, … NOTHING!!! Now we have again the bad luck with Barton, so who will be next.

    I’m wondering all those defenders who have been linked to the club why weren’t we able to buy at least 1 at this moment?

    – Fanni; described as the new Thuram ( quality player according to me), according to his manager he was on his way to have talks with NUFC; nothing happened, cause no EPL experience??? I don’t know, but does Rozehnal have got any EPL experience??? I know that he is a good transfer, but what’s the difference in signing him or Fanni. We also made a bid for Beye; did he have any EPL experience?

    – What about Quedrue, not good enough, not interested? But accordig to me a decent player with lots of EPL experience.

    – Barzagli: I think there will be no bid for him, because no EPL experience. But an Italian defender who is in the national team is aways quality!!!

    – Hangeland; does he have EPL experience? He plays in a league that is not that strong, so will he be the man we need to build a solid defence????

    – Baines and Shorey; lots of EPL teams are interested in them, but NUFC apperantly not, because we don’t see their names being linked with us in the last 2 weeks. Other teams are getting them into talks, NUFC doesn’t do nothing…

    – Young; probalby going to Boro. If they can convince him ,we certainly must be able to convince him.

    – Hyppia; linked and interest from BS, but is their anything happenned; I don’t think so. Lots of EPL experience.

    – Campbell; I think if we go after him he could be one of our new defenders, but no. He not only has EPL experience but is also international experienced. Would be fantastic if we could buy him.

    – There are still other defenders but I will stop here.

    I know my comment is very negative, but what will happen if Rozehnal or Steven T. gets injured. Then can good old Ramage again create goals for our opponents. I was really looking forward to this season, but if I know watch it as it is my optimism is getting smaller.

    So please give Ss the money or if that is not the reason BS please go for your 4 signings asap which you want (his own words).

  • lee, Malaysia

    Jul 23, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    …on ce again, this one goes to big sam n the big MIke.. If u guys don spend now… and we were to flop once more..u can expect the worst again from us…. Especially the big fat Ashley? What had u done so far for the club.. adding bunch of rubbish…. ( rozenhal, geremi, viduka, barton)— second class players. i am sick and tired of u guys… n zogbia, dyer, martin …u should keep them. its time to counsel u people. Defenders: shorey, rafael marquez, coloccini
    midfielder: deco
    striker: gudjohnson, anelka

  • rich

    Jul 23, 2007 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    im still sitting very uneasy, a few weeks ago we had just signed Geremi & Rozenhal and i was looking forward to playing Oba and Owen along with Barton & Viduka dn i was thiking next season looks like an exciting prospect.

    now its looking bleaker by the day.

    ONE BIG THING, huge THING infact that really bugs me is Sam saying the whole time ‘we need amazing solid defedners with buckets of prem experience’ and then Gabby Heinze becomes available and ALex Ferguson said he can move to any team but the Scousers and Sam says on TV ‘Naaa, were not big enough’


    how does he think we landed Sherare or Owen?


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