Sam Allardyce today distanced himself from 22 year-old Curtis Davies of West Bromwich Albion â€“ who had been rumored to be an Allardyce transfer target over the last several weeks.
Sam explained in stone cold logic why it wouldn’t make too much sense to bring in Curtis,Â however good a player he is.
David Rozehnal has also been talking about his debut last night at St. James Park and was glad to get it behind himÂ as he continues to look a very goodÂ no-nonsense defender.
AÂ commendableÂ attendance of just over 30,000Â at the game last night.
Sam Allardcye – directing traffic last night
Sam said today:
“I am looking for experienced defenders.”
“Â I have Steven Taylor, who is a very, very young and very, very good prospect, and I would put Curtis Davies alongside Steven Taylor.â€Â Â “They are both in their early 20s and in the Premiership, that would be the wrong thing to do. â€œ
“Somebody with more experience needs to be brought in as well as David Rozehnal, who has been pretty impressive in the time he has been here.â€Â Â “Peter Ramage did a terrific job in the first half with Paul Huntington gaining more experience.â€
“I have got Huntington, Steven Taylor and Peter Ramage – I don’t need the inexperience of Curtis Davies, as good a player as he is.â€Â Â “He is definitely a Premiership player, but I need more experience in there in those positions to achieve the clean sheets we would be looking for in the Premiership.”
Good marks there for Peter Ramage â€“ who while not always ratedÂ by fans â€“ to us is the epitome of a local born player â€“ he will bleed for Newcastle. We are very happy to see Peter still at Newcastle.Â Peter’s unfortunate in that he has young Taylor a couple of years younger than him and a real budding star.
But don’t forget last year when Peter and Steven played 10 successive games in central defense for Newcastle and it’s the safest we looked all season. He did have injuries last year and probably came back too soon â€“ but Peter is one of those no-name players that gives 100% every game and is just an excellent squad player.
We also think that David Rozehnal has looked good since he came to Newcastle from PSG â€“ and obviouslyÂ is on a learning curve and will need to quickly get used to the higher standards in England. But he seems to be adapting wellÂ and he spoke to the Evening Chronicle today about the game last night:
â€œI was a little bit nervous, but it was a healthy feeling to have.â€
â€œIt was my first home game and there were a lot of supporters out there. (30,000 was the attendance). It was a nice atmosphere, and a nice pitch. “I tried to do my best and to show to my team-mates and the coach that I can be the right man in the right place.â€ â€œNow itâ€™s up to the coach how he will choose his team.â€
â€œI thought it was a good game for us.â€ â€œWe won, which was the most important thingâ€. “It was also important that we played a good game as a team.â€ â€œWe stayed compact, defended very well and scored a lot of goals against a big team like Celtic.â€
â€œI think it was a good match, but we must keep our feet on the ground.â€ â€œWe have to continue working hard, and stay focused on the first game of the season.â€
â€œAs the coach said after the game, the most important thing is to keep a clean sheet and then try to score.â€ â€œIf they had scored when it was 0-0, the game would have gone away from us, so we canâ€™t concede like that.â€ â€œThis will be key for us in the Premiership.â€
So as we all knew Sam is after some experienced center backs. There was a report over the last couple of days that Sol Campbell may want away from Portsmouth – or was I dreaming about that?
He would be ourÂ first choice to come in and give Steven and the others the experience they need.Â Sol would be great for Newcastle – once Sam got him to a level of fitness that he seems to insist all his players attain.Â He’s almost the perfect prototype player for Sam to work with and extend his career for a good few years. Wonder if Sol thinks that too?Â Â Just a thought.