A great interview in the Journal this morning with Abdoulaye Faye, who had a first class game for Newcastle on Saturday, when he partnered Claudio Cacapa at the heart of the Newcastle defense.
With Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal on the sidelines there is plenty of competition for the central defense positions at the moment in Newcastle’s defense.
Faye indicated there were a number of clubs after his services including Sven Eriksson at Manchester City.
Abdoulaye Faye – delighted to be at Newcastle United
This is what Abdoulaye told Paul Gilder of the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œI had offers from other clubs, it wasnâ€™t just Newcastle,â€ â€œManchester City, Everton and Wigan all wanted me to join them, but I told them all, â€˜No, I would prefer to go to Newcastle and work with Sam againâ€™.
“I felt that joining Newcastle would be the perfect move for me because this is such a big club â€“ itâ€™s so different to Bolton. Iâ€™m pleased it all worked out. Newcastle is such a great club and things couldnâ€™t have gone better.â€
Fayeâ€™s Â£2M move to St Jamesâ€™s Park dragged on and on and it was almost 2 weeks after we thought we had signed Faye that we eventually got him on the last day of the transfer window, Friday 31st August. It says a lot about Faye that he waited for Sam to finally handle all the politics and stuff with Bolton, so he could finally get him to Newcastle.
Yet having set his heart on joining forces with the coach who signed him from Istres in 2005, he hung on and waited for his dream move to materialize.
â€œIt was a difficult time for me â€“ I started the season at Bolton and the people there didnâ€™t want me to leave,â€ â€œThe people at Bolton tried to keep me. Bolton offered me a four-year contract, but I said no.”
“It was hard for me. I just had to wait, wait, wait while all the people there were telling me not to leave. But I continued to tell them no and Iâ€™m glad that I did that.â€
â€œKnowing Sam from Bolton made it a bit easier and I was glad to have the chance to come here and work with him again. When I worked with him at Bolton he picked me for all the games and gave me great confidence.”
“When he came to Newcastle and then said he wanted me to join him, there was no decision to make. I love working with him and I couldnâ€™t wait to get here.â€
â€œI enjoyed playing with Claudio and I think we can develop a good partnership,â€ â€œHeâ€™s an intelligent player, a good player and I think we worked well together. I was pleased with the performance that I gave against Everton, but the result was the most important thing.â€
â€œIt was important to win and I was delighted with the result. Itâ€™s great to be here at Newcastle â€“ playing to 52,000 crowds is a brilliant thing and I canâ€™t wait to get out there again at St Jamesâ€™s Park.â€
â€œIâ€™m trying to make it here, Iâ€™ve just played for the first time so I think it might be best to stick around in Newcastle (when Senegal next contest an international fixture),â€ â€œPerhaps it would be better for me not to go (next time).â€
These are exactly the type of players we need and want at the new Newcastle United. Faye is obviously delighted to be on Tyneside and he has some pedigree too. If his display on Sunday is anything to go by, itâ€™s going to be hard to keep him out of the side. The fact that we have so many good players, who donâ€™t always start, shows just how quickly Sam has built up the squad at Newcastle.
All we need now, as witnessed on Saturday, is games so the lads can get to know each other and play more together. The lack of communication was obvious on Saturday. The St. James Park crowd seemed to sense this and they roared the team along in the second half after Newcastle lost their lead. They picked themselves up and went on to eventual victory and all 3 points.