Faye – Great Example of Sam Allardyce Type Player

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 doesn’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.”

“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 N’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 – your comments are always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • gordon

    Oct 14, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Its going to be great viewing when Big Sam does spend some big money.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 14, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed – any news on our latest acquisition from Bolton – goalkeeping coach Fred Barber?

  • Bill F

    Oct 14, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Toon Chicken, Hope Sam stops before we get to Little Sam, getting some horrible thoughts there.

  • leo

    Oct 14, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #4

    nah little sammy wont be coming to nufc, i hope. would like to see a right winger though, any thoughts?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 14, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #5

    just any winger, Rothen please

  • Matt

    Oct 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I fancy its Jose Enrique, not Julio Enrique… am i wrong?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 15, 2007 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #7

    nope your right, Ed to many hours on the comp wrecking your brain!?! – Keep up the good work.

  • Bazza

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d love to see Sammy Lee join Newcastle United as assistant manager, those two work so well together, just look at what they achieved at Bolton on a shoestring budget…. Imagine what they could do at Newcastle with vast resources…


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