Geremi Can Become Future Newcastle Great


Geremi was an excellent signing for us in the summer – and a great price since he came from Chelsea on a free transfer.

We believe Geremi has the capability and spirit to become one of the all-time greats at Newcastle.

While we don’t want to overstate the case we nevertheless think Geremi can be a star in the center of Newcastle’s midfield even though most of us thought he would fit in as a full back.

Let’s see why we think Geremi can be a key player in Sam’s coming revolution at Newcastle.

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Geremi – very happy to be at Newcastle

Geremi told the Chronicle today:

“The win over Celtic was perfect for us, we’ve had a good training session since then and we needed that kind of win.” “It encourages us a lot because things we have done in training are coming off.”

“It proves that our hard work is worthwhile and we should keep that going against Juventus. Right now we are confident.” “Beating Celtic on Thursday was important because they are a very good team in my opinion.” “We are trying to do everything that the manager tells us.” “We know what we are doing will pay off and take the club forward.”

“At Chelsea, I was not playing regularly – that’s why I decided to leave.” “I hope I am going to play regularly here for what is a big team.” “Newcastle is a big club and it is a big challenge for me.

“When I spoke with Sam Allardyce, he told me the ambition of the club and the new owner and I was more than happy to play for him.” “This team has gone 38 years without winning anything and we hope with the addition of the new signings, we can try to get there.”

“We need good players to realize our ambition.” “All players love to play with great players, so I am looking forward to playing with them.”

While Geremi can play well at either full back position we think Newcastle can get the best out of him in midfield and he doesn’t seem to get injured much which is good. Center-midfield is also his preferred position but he is very quick to add he will play anywhere Sam needs him to play. Of course he had a great season for Middlesbrough when he was on loan from Real Madrid in season 2002-2003 and was voted their best player for the season.

What we like about Geremi is not just that he’s an excellent player but he seems a really good guy and is already fully committed to the Newcastle cause. Obviously he was well liked at Chelsea because their fans had some good things to say about him when Newcastle signed him.

Only last week Jose Mourinho paid a glowing tribute to the former Chelsea man after handing the vacant No14 shirt to new boy Claudio Pizarro. Mourinho said:

“Claudio has No14 and that means a lot in our family because that number was Geremi, who was an important person and somebody we love very much,”

“He is somebody we miss very much and we wish him huge success and happiness in Newcastle. The shirt is free and it is Pizarro’s favorite number, so I am very happy to give him this.”

Yes – we believe Geremi has all it takes to become great at Newcastle – and he’s very young for a Sam Allardyce free transfer.

Sam usually gets these experienced players when they are 32-33 years-old and with his excellent training methods gets them fitter than they’ve ever been in their careers – and then coaxes another 3-4 good years out of them.

What happens when he gets somebody of Geremi’s age – he’s only 28 years-old – we don’t know – but maybe he’ll coax another good 10 years out of him.

As we said we think Geremi has an excellent opportunity to become a true Newcastle great.



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12 comments so far

  • Royal Tea

    Jul 28, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #1

    I think you’re going well overboard with this article. Geremi is a nice guy and a loyal player, but he’s one that couldn’t get a full time spot in either Real Madrid or Chelsea teams. In the end he’s at Newcastle on a free transfer as there were better players than him in ALL positions.
    To say that he’ll be a “great” for Newcastle probably says more about your ambitions than it does about Geremi’s capabilities.

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  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 28, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Geremi has everything you would want in a player; skillful an great work ethic and a team player willing to muck in at whatever position.

    Is he amongst the very world’s best? – No
    Would he get a place in most teams? – Yes

    Stevie Watson but with a bit more skill and panache. Will prove to be a valuable acquisition.

    As far as assessing somebody to be potentially as “a great”, it’s far too early. I only made up my mind on Shearer about six seasons in. It’s a phrase that’s used far too easily these days. Everything comes far to easily these days

    Here have 10 grade A’s, a first class degree, be a legend in your own mind and a footballing great. Maybe that’s me being a bit of an old curmudgeon; I’d like to think just not taken in by the hype :0)

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  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Yu also have to look at hte players he played with at Chelsea and Real. That he didn’t play every game is understandable cause of the big group of world class players at those clubs. But when he was at Boro he was the best R midfielder of the league. So fantastic player to have in a team like Newcastle.

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  • Dingo

    Jul 28, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Rob i agree……….. he has the right work ethic that has been sadly missing in squads gone past.. with geremi, barton, butt, emre in midfield we should see some exciting footy next season (as long as the ball dont come anywhere near our back 4!)…. as bon jovi said… keep the faith.

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  • gordon

    Jul 28, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    The chronicle spouts complete wank another pointless article.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 28, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Royal Tea – could be right – and not the first time I’ve been accused of that – but we’ll see. 😀

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  • MightyMilburn

    Jul 28, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Didnt we pay a nominal fee (1-2 million) for Geremi? Seem to recall that he was contracted until 09.. However, he seems to be a good buy even if we did pay 1-2 million or got him on a freebie..

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  • sam gardner

    Jul 28, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #8

    i was at the newcastle v celtic match on thursday and geremi was amazing he is big and got a great shot plus his corner’s are good too and he got man of te match

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 28, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    MightyMilburn – no that turned out to be pure paper talk – he had signed a 4 year contract with Chelsea in 2003 – so we got him on a free – not a bad signing.

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  • TOON1

    Jul 28, 2007 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #10

    The main thing guys about Geremi seems to be he is here to get his head down and work 4 the team and the manager which is what we want and need.Too many glamerous footballers that are with teams 4 the pay packet .Geremi already seems to be really popular with other members of squad already ,and always has a smile on his face ,which shows he is enjoying himself.Same goes 4 Rozenhal,he seems to have settled .Both will have great careers at the toon imo.

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  • We love Geremi. Killer freekicks, reliable when called upon, and NEVER moans. I agree that you lot should play him in midfield. Best of luck to him at the Barcodes.

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  • malaysian youngster

    Jul 29, 2007 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #12

    i dont miss parker at all.haha.

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