Manager Interested in Players = Great Performances

When you have a club with a manager truly interested in the welfare of his players what do you get?

You get the players performing well and enjoying their football and there’s a lot of that going on right now at Newcastle since Big Sam Allardyce took over as manager last May.

An excellent case in point is that of one of our favorite (and best) players at the club, 21 year-old Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia – who had another outstanding performances yesterday – well he made two goals and scored one – to be more precise 😀


Charles N’Zogbia best player at Newcastle so far this season

This is what Big Sam said about Charles who has quickly become a big, big player for Newcastle:

“To be fair, probably Geremi’s done more of a job than me about him overcoming the problems he had.”

“I’ve obviously helped in that department, but no more than him, in saying ‘why do you want to go anywhere other than Newcastle?` and the answer to that is there is nowhere else.”

“We’ve resolved that by giving him a new contract and telling him that he can play in a number of positions.”

‘If you’ve got a Newcastle shirt and you’re on the team sheet, what more do you want?”

“He’s gone and taken the left-back spot, which has been really tricky for us and for the club for a long time, and he’s filled the spot and done exceptionally well while Jose Enrique’s been getting up to speed.”

“ There’s no saying Jose can take his place now. Charles moved up a space and looked very threatening from a wide left position. He contributed a lot, and I’m very excited about this young lad.”

“He’s a big, big player for us as far as I’m concerned.”

We can well believe that some of the new players in the squad (who speak French) have helped Charles a lot. One is our captain Geremi, who, as Sam says, has to take most of the credit. But we also had a good TV shot during yesterday’s game of Cacapa talking to N’Zogbia telling Charles seemingly, about what he should and should not be doing in defensive situations. It was great to watch as one player was passing on all his experience to the youngster. Charles listened intently.

If he keeps listening to the great players we now have at the club – there’s just no stopping this young lad – he’s improving with every game – and the sky’s the limit. As long as he keeps his feet on the ground – and Sam will also help him do that 😀

Keep it up Charles.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Howie

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #1

    A brilliant player in the making. I just hope he keeps his feet on the ground. Im sure mr.wenger would love him at Arsenal but charles isnt going anywhere

  • Pete

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Zogbia is awesome. He looks sensible enough to keep things realistic, his recent call up to the french u21’s is brilliant.

    He has certainly been the key is us having a decent start to the season, even if the other players performances have been lack lustre


    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:44 PM

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  • Callum

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    My player of the season so far, playing in an unusual position (for him) and scoring 3 goals aswell as assisting 3 or 4, magnificent!

    Also it isnt just these attacking stats that have impressed me, he has actually defended quite well playing at the left back, apart from a mistake or two vs west ham, overall his defensive play is good and his attacking play is excellent.

  • annoyed

    Sep 24, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    very annoyed to see what luque had to say about newcastle, and he wondered why he was never a success thatnk god BS is now vetting players and finding a mentality before they join. keep them coming and keep winning sam in you we trust Howay the lads

  • arctoa

    Sep 24, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    He is showing some of his early potential; he’s an excellent signing. A good signing-off present from Sir Bobby Robson. Here’s to many years of N’Zogbia and Milner raiding the flanks for Newcastle. With those two on the wings it almost doesn’t matter who we play up front, as they’ll provide enough chances (along with a central midfield player like Barton) for the strikers to score plenty of goals.

  • Rob kirton

    Sep 24, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7

    N’Zogbia is a real talent, he also now has “the boots, the hair cut and the wage packet”. Big Sam’s job is now to make him feel wanted, keep him grounded and let him perform for the team.

    By the same token, providing N’Zogbia is moved forward we can release Milner to play right, and we could also see a big season from him.

  • Pete

    Sep 24, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Completely agree Callum, if I didn’t know he was AML, I thought he would of been a natural LB

  • leo

    Sep 24, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    he did play some games for le harve at left back, but attacking left is if fav role. awesome talent, knew it as soon as i saw him when he was signed by bobby

  • Dingo

    Sep 24, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #10

    great player BUT he needs to sack his barber…. i don’t know a place in the toon that would give a cut like that. 😛

  • Steve

    Sep 24, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah I noticed Cacapa giving Zoggy advice yesterday, to which he was listening and nodding – can’t imagine Bramble offering advice or Taylor for that matter, was great to see
    Good win yesterday – one defeat, seasons over and relegation beckons – one win and we’re heading for champions league 🙂

  • Dirk

    Sep 24, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #12

    steve – taylor is a the same age as zog so giving him advice would probably get him a smack, would b lik dyer tellin gerrard how to play in midfield.

  • michael

    Sep 24, 2007 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s great to see how the young players are begining to impress now with some decent role models in the squad. I can’t wait to Joey Barton play again. He was easily our best player in pre season before his injury. Hope he gets a run against Arsenal tomorrow night.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 24, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #14

    nzogbia is just absolutly brilliant thers no question about it millner n him will tourture any defence haway the lads

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 25, 2007 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Zog is a talented young footballer with a tremendous future.

    Good news that we’ve signed him for the next 5 years. Mort still needs to tie down young Steve Taylor for next 5 years also so we keep our best youngsters……

  • iain

    Sep 25, 2007 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #16

    ill stick my neck on the line hear and say hes our best player. you can just see he has the technique/football brain that you often only get in foriegn players.

    under souness/roeder if zog played well we won more often than not, look how bad we were once reoder stopped playing him.

    isnt there a stat that we havnt lost a game the zogs scored in ???

    the fact hes been playing lb is a bonus imo not too mention he could be solving our cm creativity problem if it wernt for a lack of depth and injuries.

  • Dragoner

    Sep 30, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    In two years or so he will be one of the most sought after players in the premiership, hes got so much confidence and flair. He would be getting chased by all of the top european clubs now if Souness and Roeder had a clue about managing The Toon.


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