Charles N’Zogbia has been in sparkling form for Newcastle United this season, albeit in an unusual position for him, left-back.
But he has looked so good in that position, and has still been able to get forward to score two excellent goals in the first three games.
We think he’s been Newcastle’s best performer along with another 21 year-old at the club, James Milner.
Surely Charles will get some French Under-21 honors soon.
21 year-old Charles N’Zogbia – in sparkling form for Newcastle
Charles says he is loving life at Newcastle after having a particularly rough season last season when manager Glenn Roeder seemed to blame Charles – then a 20 year old â€“ for Newcastle’s various troubles on the field. Hardly inspired management from Roeder and is it any surprise he didn’t play well last season?
We think Charles has prospered from having a man-manager like Sam Allardyce at the club, and Sam has probably given him more confidence and will be able to nurture Charles to his full potential.
Charles told Newcastle World TV, in an exclusive interview after the game, he is more than happy to play in the new defensive role asked of him by Big Sam.
“It’s a new position for me because usually I play left-midfield or in the centre but the manager has asked me to play left-back.”
“Last year was not a good year for me and if I play at the back it’s not a problem because I am happy to play and be on the pitch.”
N’Zogbia opened the scoring against Middlesbrough with a tremendous right-foot shot from 27 yards after cutting in from the left – and beating Mark Schwarzer high to his left.
Charles went on:
“I’ve tried to take my chance and I’m happy it’s gone in with my right-foot, hopefully I can continue to do more and to score more goals.”
“It was disappointing to lose the lead so soon after scoring both our goals and that was not good for us.â€
“We have to win games like that when we have the lead and it was disappointing not to get the three points.â€
“But we are unbeaten so far and that is good because it gives you confidence for the next game.”
And to think N’Zogbia was thinking of leaving the club after last season.Â We think he would have been gone had Roeder still been manager this season.Â Charles went on to say how happy he is right now at Newcastle:
“I’m enjoying it in Newcastle.”
“My friends are here and my sister and girlfriend are here and Newcastle is a great city and I’m very happy.”
We think Charles has done great so far this season and applaud him for the courage he has shown in coming back from a difficult season last year. He’s certainly a diamond in the rough for us – just imagine what he can be like in a couple of years time under Sam’s guidance.Â Can’t wait.