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 Â£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 â€“ 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:
â€œI think itâ€™s extremely great value for money for the pair of them.â€â€œIn todayâ€™s over-inflated market, all our business has been excellent.â€
â€œFayeâ€™s going to give us something that we need in the team, both as a centre half and as a central midfield player,â€ added Big Sam.
â€œHeâ€™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.â€
â€œI think thatâ€™s growing with our side, but heâ€™s been born with it.â€
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:
â€œIâ€™ve been chasing Beye â€“ who was captain of Marseilles â€“ for a long, long time, and finally Iâ€™ve got him.â€
â€œHeâ€™s just a pure athlete. Thereâ€™s lot of ability and desire and determination as a human being â€“ not just as a footballer â€“ to be successful.â€
â€œMarseilleâ€™s a massive football club. Heâ€™s been captain and played in the Champions League and UEFA Cup for a long time.â€
â€œHe wanted to have one big move to the Premiership to finish his career off and Iâ€™m really lucky to get him. Iâ€™m sure Newcastle fans will see that in time.â€
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.