Abdoulaye Faye is an excellent example of the type of player Sam loves to work with. He gives 100% in the games and 100% in training.
Abdoulaye also doesnâ€™t expect to be an automatic choice in the first team but is also willing to fight tooth and nail for his place in the side.
When Big Sam wanted to bring the Senegalese to the club from Bolton in the summer, Faye made up his mind that he wanted to join Big Sam at Newcastle in about 2 seconds. He then waited patiently for the transfer to happen, turning down at least 3 other clubs, including Manchester City, who all wanted to sign him.
Abdoulaye Faye – excellent role model for the up and coming youngsters at Newcastle
Faye has been an excellent acquisition for Newcastle and while most Newcastle fans thought he would be a good backup at center-back, full-back or defensive midfield when first signed on August 31st, his dominating performance in the center of defense against Everton may have changed some minds.
Faye has his feet firmly on the ground, and provides the rest of the squad with the example of what Sam wants to see in a player. Faye said this week:
“Everything is alright, there is nothing to say,” “I only played my first game as a starter last Sunday.“I played a good match and was voted player of the match.â€
“I am very happy and it is a source of confidence for the future.”
We are pleased that we have so many mature and experienced players that Sam has brought in. They are already proving a great example to our younger stars who are coming through such as Steven Taylor, Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, James Milner and Julio Enrique, to name only a few. These four great prospects are already showing excellent character and team spirit themselves – and their continuing football education at Newcastle alongside players such as Faye, Beye and Cacapa is assured. We think we may just have a better squad than we realized in early September with creative players Emre and Barton now back fit again and Emre certainly seemed to provide the skill need to turn the game last Sunday.
Right now, let’s hope they all come back from the international break fit. There were no injuries reported yesterday for any of Newcastle’s players on duty – let’s touch wood for Wednesday’s games.
What do you think? Let us know â€“ your comments are always welcome.