Charles N’Zogbia was ready to leave the club after the last day of last season when he had another confrontation with then manager Glenn Roeder.
Fans expected him to leave but when Sam Allardyce came in as manager Charles has worked very hard in training and produced the best form ever at Newcastle.
So much so that he has been capped by the France Under-21 side and has probably been Newcastle’s best player with 2 goals from the left-back position.
Charles N’Zogbia - showing his best form ever at Newcastle under Big Sam’s guidance
Charles was interviewed yesterday by our official web-site www.nufc.co.uk and he comes across now as so very keen for the club he has just signed a new 5 year contract with. Some of this change in attitude and form has to go down to the way Big Sam handles his players.
Charles believes there is no reason why Newcastle United cannot challenge for a place in the Champions League within the next few seasons. The 21-year-old is confident Newcastle can challenge for a spot in Europe’s premier competition.
Let’s see what Charles told www.nufc.co.uk yesterday.
“We have made a good start to this season and I think we have to aim for the a top six finish,” “After that why not the Champions League? “This is a big club with great fans and a fantastic stadium and we can challenge at the top of the table.”
“We have a good, big strong squad and there will be a lot of competition for places,” “Even in training I think you’ll see a lot of competitiveness and that is what you need.”
But Charles is adamant he is now happy to play in any position Big Sam asks of him, adding:
“Even if I’m left-back I’m happy to do what the manager wants.â€ “I do not mind where I play and I feel I can play in any position, left-back, left-midfield or in the center.
“I will do my best wherever I play and I’m very happy with my start to the season.”
We think a lot of Newcastle fans are also happy with the start Charles has made to the season. After a bright start to his Newcastle career he didn’t fair well at Newcastle, especially last season. But he is now back better than ever. We think that has a lot to do with the way Sam manages his players and also shows great fortitude from Charles himself. Long may it continue.
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