Sam Allardyce Delighted With Senegalese Captures

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was delighted when he finally captured both Abdoulaye Faye and Habib Beye for Newcastle very late on Friday night after a lot of work to get both of them at the club.

He was over the moon to be able to capture both Senegalese players for just £2M each. Certainly some of his buys this summer look excellent bargains for the club.

Of course it’s too early to judge quite a few of them but reports on almost every player look good.

Let’s see what Big Sam had to say about his two latest buys – he was certainly pleased, to say the least, to finally make both signings.


Sam Allardyce – great moves in the transfer market

Talking about his last two transfer successes Sam Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:

“I think it’s extremely great value for money for the pair of them.”“In today’s over-inflated market, all our business has been excellent.”

“Faye’s going to give us something that we need in the team, both as a centre half and as a central midfield player,” added Big Sam.

“He’s got the ability to play football like everybody else, but he also has the ability to destroy the opposition with his attributes in his positional play, heading ability, tackling, physical strength and his determination to win the ball and stop the opposition playing.”

“I think that’s growing with our side, but he’s been born with it.”

Quite a few Newcastle fans are wondering exactly how Faye will fit into the team because we seem to have adequate cover in the positions Faye plays in. But that’s probably a sign that we haven’t exactly had a strong squad since Bobby Robson left Newcastle and the team usually picked itself. That’s not going to be the case in the Sam Allardyce era.

Sam has also been after right-back Habib Beye, the Marseilles captain for a long time and tried to sign him for Bolton in January. It would be very interesting to see the list Sam has for future players his scouts are watching, for future potential transfers.

The Newcastle manager said:

“I’ve been chasing Beye – who was captain of Marseilles – for a long, long time, and finally I’ve got him.”

“He’s just a pure athlete. There’s lot of ability and desire and determination as a human being – not just as a footballer – to be successful.”

“Marseille’s a massive football club. He’s been captain and played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup for a long time.”

“He wanted to have one big move to the Premiership to finish his career off and I’m really lucky to get him. I’m sure Newcastle fans will see that in time.”

It’s obvious that Sam looks at the whole package when he picks up a player and it’s not just the ability. Sam also looks at the overall character and desire to win. Certainly Newcastle fans witnessed the result of that on Saturday when not oner Newcastle player even dropped their heads after missing so many chances and getting some goals dubiously disallowed by referee Steven Bennett. The result was a full 3 points, even though the goal came uncomfortably late.

This season promises to be one of the best and most exciting for Newcastle fans for some time. A top 8 place would be a success but now with the new players Sam has brought in and our relatively good start to the season, a lot of fans are now looking for a top 6 finish.

We’ll have a poll today in the Major Newcastle News Stories or as a separate article, on where you think Newcastle will finish this season, the results should be very interesting.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Melbourne Mag

    Sep 4, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    With so much competition for place this season, whoever gets picked will need to be on the top of their game which all bodes well for a consistent season no reason why we can’t finish in the top 5! which given last seasons efforts would be an incredable turnaround by the owners and management team.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 4, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, like you I’m interested in where Faye will end up playing! I believe he’ll be a squad player providing cover for Butt as the defensive midfield player. We need cover for every position and Faye’s versatality will provide this in defence and midfield……

    Beye can play RB (or central defence) and should improve the side considerably after playing several games and getting to know his colleagues.

    Yes, they both appear good purchases considering the money we’ve wasted in the past.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 4, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, you may want to consider 2 options in your poll:

    1. Newcastle’s league position if lady luck shines and have minor injuries over the season; i.e. say upto 5 players requiring surgery, and
    2. Newcastle’s league position based on major injuries problems; i.e. say 6 or more players requiring surgery

    Can we consider Barton No-1 surgery culprit already?

  • dragoner

    Sep 4, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    i cant believe people dont seem to rate Faye??? the guy is a better defender than steven taylor and a better defensive midfielder than nicky butt, he should go straight to first team, nicky butt should be cover for HIM

  • ToonKing

    Sep 4, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with dragoner, dunno if he’s better then Taylor but he’s certainly better then Butt. To be honest i don’t really wanna see Butt near first team footy.

  • Dirk

    Sep 4, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    lets not get over our heads and say top 5 finish here, you need to look at the other squads aswell, everton man city aston villa and portsmouth hav all strengthened there squads and all look like very formidable sides to get fifth we’d need luck more times than once over the year, id sy top 8 finish sounds great in sams first season then maybe a top 5 place next year

  • Graeme

    Sep 4, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Qualifying for Europe, even via the Intertoto, would be one hell of an achievement after last season. New owners, New manager, basically a new team all work against us achieving much at all.

    Given the way everyone seems to be settling in, getting used to what BSA expects each of them to do on the field, getting used to each other, a top 10 finish would be a dramatic improvement; I still have a gut feeling, dont know why, that we will be in europe next season. Good luck to every one at the NEW NUFC!!!

  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 5, 2007 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Lot of other teams have bought quality players as we have BUT they have not gotten, at long last, the manager that is going to lead them for many a season to come. With the right man for the job and the fans behind and the new millionaire owners it all looks positive. See Man C lose two on the trot and Reading let in 6 for 0 scored in their last two? In the next five matches we’ll find out if we are pretenders or contenders as looking at who we are playing anything less than 11 points would leave us exposed against much harder oppostion later in the season.

  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 5, 2007 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #9

    what we need from the next five

    Derby Away 3 points
    Hammers at Home 3 points
    Man C Away 1 point
    Everton Home 3 points
    Tottenham Home 3 points

    Everton and Tottenham even at home will be our first big tests in terms of whether we wil chase the top six or be in the top six.


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