Newcastle captain Geremi has been talking to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today and is delighted at the good start the club have made this season.
With 9 new players coming in, some of which are still settling in at the club, it’s heartening that we have done so well early in the season.
Geremi, like Sam before him, thinks things can only get better as the players begin to gel.
Geremi – pleased with the start Newcastle have made but things will get better
A confident Geremi told the Chronicle today:
â€œI am delighted with the start we have made and the position we are in at this stage.â€ â€œWe wanted to be going into the international break and going into next Mondayâ€™s game with Derby with wins and we have done that, so both the players on national duty and back at home are feeling confident.â€
â€œIt is an exciting time to be at Newcastle at the moment, but we are still trying to gel together and we can get even better.â€ â€œWe have nine new players who have come through the door and it is not easy to get the best out of people when they are new players.â€
â€œThat is because they are new to the club and have not played with certain players before, but we have done that.â€ â€œWe have already picked up wins and are still unbeaten. The important thing for us is the fact we are getting results even though we are still gelling.â€
â€œOnce we know each other it will be far better and it will be easier to pick up results.â€
We are surprised, quite honestly, at how well some of the new players seem to have slotted in. Cacapa and Rozehnal have played at the back as though they’ve played together for years and Geremi is a solid acquisition in many ways for Newcastle. We haven’t seen some of the other players yet like Beye and Faye, but Joey Barton looked excellent before he got injured. Sam Allardyce seems a master at not only picking players who will do well in the Premiership, but he helps them when they come into the club. He and his staff ensure everything is OK with their families so their only concern is to play well for the club. A classic case was Rozehnal whose wife was pregnant late term when they moved here in July – but everything was taken care of by the cub. No wonder David and his family would like to stay at Newcastle long term.
Newcastle have shown they are a tough team to beat and very tough to play against. Mentally, they are probably as strong a team as we’ve had at the club for many years. They have shown this season they just never give up, whatever bad luck befalls them.
Geremi went on:
â€œI am especially pleased with our commitment.â€ â€œWe will not give up against teams and we showed that against Wigan. We will keep fighting, even it it does take a last-minute goal to win.â€â€œOur last victory was against a good side in Wigan.â€ â€œIf you looked at the table, they were third and had picked up good results.â€ â€œIt was not easy, but we kept going and got our reward.â€
â€œWe want everybody to come back fit from international duty, and if that happens we will be ready to continue our good form at Derby.â€
That win against Wigan was significant because it shows that we have the guts and spirit in the team to turn draws into late wins – even if it comes in the last 5 minutes. But that turns 1 point into 3 and remember that Bolton were always good at getting late goals. That comes from having strong mental strength but also Sam has his players fitter then they have ever been in their careers – and that is another big reason. Yes, we think Sam knows exactly what he’s doing at Newcastle – and we like it 😀
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