Our new captain Geremi, who has made the Newcastle midfield look very solid in the first 5 games of the season, talked today of the squad and the fact that he himself is not guaranteed a starting place every game.
He sets an excellent example by saying he has to keep earning his stripes to remain in the first team. With Joey Barton (17th September) and hopefully Emre coming back from injury shortly, competition for places in central midfield will certainly heat up.
Let’s see what Geremi told the Journal this morning.
Allardcye and Geremi – shown during serious match strategy discussions 😀
Geremi told Paul Gilder of the Journal:
â€œBeing captain doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re in the side every week,â€ â€œYou still have to work and you still have to earn your place. Being captain is a responsible job. You have to be the man and set a good example.â€
â€œI decided to leave Chelsea because I wanted to join a club where I would get more games. I wasnâ€™t a regular in the team at Chelsea and, when I got the chance to come here, I didnâ€™t have to think for long.â€
â€œI spoke to the manager and he told me his plans and I agreed to come. It wasnâ€™t a difficult decision. I was delighted when he made me his captain. But I wonâ€™t be in the Newcastle team unless I deserve to be.â€
Geremiâ€™s performances so far this season have been solid, but with Joey Barton yet to play in a competitive fixture, the competition for places will further increase as we mentioned.
It is something the clubâ€™s captain welcomes and the former Chelsea man fully expects there will be times when he is asked to sit on the sidelines this season.
Geremi went on:
â€œThere are lots of matches in this league and there are the other competitions as well,â€ â€œWe need a big squad and we need cover in all positions.â€
â€œIf youâ€™re not playing, you need to rest and make sure youâ€™re right when you get your chance. What we have here is a squad that can compete in all the competitions.â€
Sam has built a squad in a short 3 months that will have competition for places in almost every position. The singing of two more big strong defenders before Friday’s deadline, Beye and Faye, both Senegalese players was welcomed by Geremi, as we went on:
â€œIt was important to make those signings before the deadline because weâ€™ve some injuries and we needed to strengthen,â€ â€œTo be a team with big ambition you have to have a good squad. Weâ€™ve signed two more great players and we will need them.â€
â€œSo far the season has gone well and every thing’s good. Weâ€™ve got a new squad and weâ€™re trying to gel together. Whatâ€™s good is that even while weâ€™re doing that, weâ€™re getting results. By the time weâ€™ve all gelled together, weâ€™ll be even better.â€
There really has been a promising start to the season because we think Sam was a little concerned that it may take a few games to have the team gel and play well together. Of course, when defeats happen early in the season the hatchets usually come out – as they have in the past. But new chairman Chris Mort seems quite understanding and patient, but with the good start Sam and his squad made there was no negativity at all. In fact the exact opposite has greeted the results.
Most of our readers (60%) think Newcastle can finish top six this season. If we can achieve that it will have been a terrific first season in Sam Allardcye’s reign at Newcastle and then next summer will be an exciting time again, in the transfer market.