Sam Allardyce thought Charles N’Zogbia had an excellent defensive game at left back when he first played him in that position against Carlisle United a couple of weeks ago.
Charles again showed his adaptability yesterday when he played left back againÂ against Serie A club Sampdoria in the first half before moving to his more familiar position in left midfield after that.
If Charles cannot nail down a starting position in every game this season he’s still going to get a lot of playing time having proved he can play well at left back, left midfield and of course center-midfield. So he’ll be great to have on the bench when he’ not starting.
What a player to have available to you in your squad – and he can only get better!
Utility player Charles N’Zogbia – looking better than ever
Not sure what Charles’ best position is now – but he looked superb to us last week against Juventus especially in the second half as he kept breaking out of defense with lightning speed and looked so dangerous. He again had a very good second half yesterday and it’sÂ looking like Charles has got himselfÂ super-fit.
Manager Sam Allardyce felt Nâ€™Zogbia probably pipped debut boy and goal-scorer Alan Smith for the man of the match honor yesterday. His adaptability in pre-season has pleased Sam, who is keen to have his players able to switch positions during a game.
All the nonsense going around about Charles leaving the club – we hope we can finally put thatÂ to rest. Let’s listen to what Sam had to say about the 21 year-old.Â SamÂ not only heaps deserved praise on Charles for his excellent play but also for his willing adaptability.
This is what Sam told the Evening Chronicle today::
â€œCharles Nâ€™Zogbia was probably man-of-the-match for me.â€â€œI know Alan Smith scored the goal â€“ which was great for him on his debut â€“ but Charles was probably the most consistent player.â€
â€œItâ€™s nice to see a young man of his capability coming in and playing a couple of positions for me â€“ left-back and wide left.â€
â€œHis adaptability is superb. I look forward to him progressing and getting better and better.â€
We think Charles will get better working with Sam – and to think that Charles was so annoyed with things at the end of last season it appearedÂ he would would leave the club. Looks like Big Sam arrived just in time. We have to give credit to the young Frenchman for forgetting all about what happened at the end of last season and getting stuck in during pre-season. He looks so fit now and he is playing for a manager who firmly believes in him and will not hold him responsible for the failings of the whole team.
We always thought Sam could start to bring out the best in some of our existing players and he’s already doing that with the likes of Luque, N’Zogbia andÂ Carr to name but three. That makes it excitingÂ for what the squad may be ableÂ to achieve this season.
Finally, no wonder Arsene Wenger has been after N’ZogbiaÂ for a few years.Â Wenger is no fool and canÂ seeÂ aÂ starÂ in the making.
Unfortunately for WengerÂ CharlesÂ will become aÂ future star, butÂ that will be withÂ Newcastle and not Arsenal.