Geremi was an excellent signing for us in the summer â€“ 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.
Geremi - very happy to be at Newcastle
Geremi told the Chronicle today:
â€œThe win over Celtic was perfect for us, weâ€™ve had a good training session since then and we needed that kind of win.â€ â€œIt encourages us a lot because things we have done in training are coming off.”
â€œIt proves that our hard work is worthwhile and we should keep that going against Juventus. Right now we are confident.â€ “Beating Celtic on Thursday was important because they are a very good team in my opinion.â€ â€œWe are trying to do everything that the manager tells us.â€ â€œWe know what we are doing will pay off and take the club forward.â€
â€œAt Chelsea, I was not playing regularly â€“ thatâ€™s why I decided to leave.â€ â€œI hope I am going to play regularly here for what is a big team.â€ â€œNewcastle is a big club and it is a big challenge for me.
â€œWhen 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.â€ â€œThis team has gone 38 years without winning anything and we hope with the addition of the new signings, we can try to get there.â€
â€œWe need good players to realize our ambition.â€ â€œAll players love to play with great players, so I am looking forward to playing with them.â€
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 â€“ 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 â€“ he’s only 28 years-old – we don’t know â€“ 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.