Geremi Loves Life at Newcastle

Newcastle captain will probably clock up quite a few games this season both for Newcastle and Cameroon. He is the captain of both teams and is undaunted by the prospect of making the long haul to play on ther African Nations Cup. In fact if anything he seems to be looking forward to it.

There will be no European action for Geremi this season of course but he will still accumulate plenty of air miles with the gruelling trip to Ghana to play in the African Nations tournament in January.


Geremi – loving life at Newcastle

The Newcastle captain will lead his team out to battle in Group C of the Cup. That group includes holders Egypt, Zambia and Sudan, so it will not be easy for Cameroon to get through the group. Geremi talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I am used to playing in January at the African Nations Cup, I’ve been doing that all of my career.” “I think I will think more about Ghana nearer the time.”

“Right now I am fully focused on my club and putting all of my energy into winning games for Newcastle.”

“We have to be prepared properly for that and that’s what I will do.” “I like playing games.” “I love being a footballer and I want to play all of the time.” “If it means I play 60-plus games this season, I am more than happy to do that.” “I would play more if you asked me.”

Like most of the players Sam brought into the club during the summer Geremi has taken no time at all to settle into life at Newcastle and seems to love both the club and the city. Geremi has made a massive impact in the dressing room since he arrived from Chelsea, and has already taken young N’Zogbia under his wing – with the result the Frenchman is playing some of his best ever football at thre club. It really was no surprise that Sam Allardyce handed him the captain’s armband – and he’s turning out to be a good captain for the club. As far as living in Newcastle is concerned Geremi said:

“I love life in Newcastle and feel that I have settled in well.” “Hopefully this is the start of good times for me.”

We’ve never known a squad be so together as they are now and it shows on the field because when things get tough, there is no wilting from any member of the team. Newcastle’s resilience this season has been great to watch and they are already a mentally strong side and difficult to beat.

Wonder who that comes from – Big Sam is the right answer. 😀

Comments and opinions are always very welcome.

35 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    geremi knows he’ll have to put in good performances week in week out otherwise his place maybe in jeopardy. good holding midfielder though. but the main competition this time will be between him and nicky butt who according to me from his performances is the favourite to start. just wondering if rozenhal will be happy to be on the bench.. surely sam wont follow rotation policy or is it..!?

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    btw. geremi looks like our own boumsong in the picture.. hey ed why not hav a page for our ex magpies . surely would like to know where they are and the football they’re playin..

  • valle

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    imo Geremi has been a disapointment and i could see Barton take the captains armband from him.

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Tend to agree with valle. Germi is a good squad player but i’m not sure if he’s good enough to play week in week out. When he goes in Jan it will be a big test to see how we perform, it might be that with him gone he finds his place harder to win back. Our midfield is strong, and with Emre, Zig Zog, and Barton all being creative players it looks like Germi will have to fight Butt for the holding role. Having said that I am delighted that he has helped a talented youngster like Zig Zog settle in and play some great football.

  • yemozone

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Barton as captain! no way.He has to change is temper before he can be considered to be a captain.

  • yemozone

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6

    I will prefer cacapa.As long he can interact with the players.Regardless of language, we have many french players though.

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    @ yemozone.. dude.. captaincy will give him responsibility and eventually our joey will be a better palyer at the end of the day. barton or butt are automatic choices for me for the captain’s armband. butt has led the mighty MANCHESTER UNITED many a times even in the champs league. as for barton stuart pearce was no fool to hand over the captains armband to joey at manchester city. and joey’s got his own fan site..

  • steve

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #8

    hold on a mo – Barton may end up in the nick yet, whats really pleasing to me is that the whole team seem to happy, players seem to realise its a team game and they may have to sit on bench although how long they’ll stay happy on the bench is another matter
    looks like the toon have a great dressing room at the mo, long may it continue after the depressing place it must have been under Souness, Roeder

  • valle

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #9

    We shouldnt let Joeys history work against him at NUFC… He has done nothing wrong here, in fact i think that all the enthusiasm he shows by going to all the away matches injuried and supporting the reserves shows that he cares allot and that he wants to be part of all there is at NUFC

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    we want players who really want to play for newcastle . and we have them here and joeys on top of that list…and ofcourse followed by smith

  • JohnST

    Oct 24, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #11

    For lack of a better choice, Sam uses Geremi as skipper and that choice is not that bad currently. Geremi has been putting in credible performances, considering this is first season.

    Even great players need time to settle down, so Geremi should be given his fair share of time before we hand him his report card.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Why are people saying Barton is creative, if i hear it again i may go mental.

  • indian toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #13

    @tom toon.. i agree. barton is a holding midfielder at best and has a terriffic eye for a defence splitting pass. the idea of box to box is mainly stop the opposition playin and pass around fron part to part. btw nicky’s really back to his good ol man utd day’s , dunno what happened to his contract..

  • Jerry

    Oct 24, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    EXACTLY! Joey Barton is NOT a creative midfielder!!! Come on people.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Oct 24, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #15

    What is all this nonsense about being a creative midfielder? Joey is proper CM and has the ability to become a complete CM just as BSA stated earlier in the week. He will CREATE goals for himself as well as others. In fact, he will create more goals and assists than any of our other CM. The fact that he uses force over finese would be the only logic behind not attributing creativeness to him. All a bunch of bollocks. He will be the catalyst to this team when he plays, the work horse, the engine room, the architect the creator. He might prefer the short pass to the long one but Ill take that anyday as long he’s prepared to do the running, which he most certainly is. Calling someone a “creative” midfield is basically giving them an excuse for not tracking back because he posses mercurial ability a la Robert and in some cases Emre but saying that Barton is not creative is fing crazy!

    Ill be happy to watch u all eat your words after his first game with multiple assists.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Might Mouse do you know what your on about you saying he is a creative midfielder and he isnt.

    In my opinion i just see him as a CM an good center midfield who has equal amounts of everything no more creative than others, a bit like gerrard, defensive and attacking who can pass well but doesnt rely on it.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Oct 24, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Tom_Toon please clarify your position. From your post it appears that creating goals does not constitute being a “creative CM” so please enlighten me. What makes a creative CM and name a few. Thanks

    INMHO I find this tag of a “creative CM” a bunch of shite. I would say that just because Joey is strong in the tackle doesnt mean he isnt creative. Sure players David Dunne, Danny Murphy and Paul Scholes are in the team purely for creativity but that doesnt mean players like Obi Mikel, Carrick, Gerrard and Lampard do not posses creativity. While I wouldnt classify Joey as a creative CM I would not say that he lacks creativity.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #18

    what most of us who agree with me are getting at is that when people say creative midfielder the majority of people assume that when ‘creative midfielder’ is mentioned it someone who rely’s on his passing and known for his passing not among other things.

    Also theres all this talk about who we need to buy i had a think bout it and id like to see some of our decent reserves coming through e.g. Troisi, Edgar most of the others need a little bit mroe time but these two look fairly promising from the first team games ive seen them in.

    Out – Shola, Baba, Carr, Pattison
    In – A RB who is also versatile and can play most places on the pitch, someone like Torosidis seen this guy play a fair bit and looks very good, also big sams type of player, versatile, strong, tall (6ft 2) and pretty technical and a very good crosser.


    Beye/Torosidis Faye/Rozehnal Cacapa/Taylor Enrique/Edgar

    Milner/Troisi Butt/Geremi Barton/Emre N’Zogbia/Duff

    Owen/Martins Smith/Viduka

    i dont think we necessarily need any big additions in jan maybe one or two but to me those competitions of places look good and all players from what ive seen can deliver, especially on there day.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Why is everyone getting so hung up on this whole “creative midfielder” patter.

    Apart from the odd one or two on here who seem to pull some random name out of the hat every day – who would you rather have in your team – Gerrard or Deco?

    It would be Stevie G all the time for me. And I’d say that while Barton isn’t half the player Gerrard is, he certainly falls into that bracket.

    What I’m saying is – do we really need one of these so-called “creatives”? Waste of money if you ask me.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    What i kinda said 🙂 Wp son

    No need to spend big in jan

  • Bill f

    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Interesting someone should mention Robert, has said he wants to come back. Would probably be a backward move a’lah that french full back whatever his name was (god my memory).

    Personally I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised re. Bartons creativity. Just his presence will be enough to create chances.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Owe I’d spend some money in jan.

    We desperately need cover on the right. RB and RM. As much as I like Milner he aint good enough.

    We also need cover in holding Mid. Butt needs a ready made replacement. IMO he’s passed it. I dont belive people are watching the same NB as I when he picks up these MoM awards. He’s really not very good. A horrible passer, not comfortable on the ball and only ever plays the way he is facing (shades of Mr. Parker) The holding player often starts a move and should be VERY comfortable on the ball with adequate passing abilities.

    The thought of one of these “creatives” is nice, sure i’d take the next fabregas but they are so few and far between. So Toon Chicken, spot on.

    Mort wants a big name, lets spend the cash to bring Berbatov in 🙂

  • aaron d

    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #23

    have a look at this the boro postman pat

  • PK-Noreay

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Well..Honostly i dont think Gerrard or Lampard are more creative than Barton…Barton is good..and i am glad he joined Milner,Zog,Faye,Beye,Enrique..unde BSA,,..i think Barton might turn up to be a hit for us this season.


    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #25

    can anyone give me some news about our jan transfer targets i read that wesley baheng is comin from le havre any other players

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #26

    We defintely need a RB but i believe Troisi and Edgar are good enough to back up Milner and Enrique respectively, as those two players dont seem to get injured.

    As i was singning Torosidis’ praises he just got sent off against real madrid!

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #27

    @Bill F


  • Mighty Mouse

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #28

    You know I couldn’t help but see some resemblance in the long balls over the top that Enrique was playing to Oba to the ones Bernard used to play for Bellamy.

    He looks an excellent signing and I was amazed at how well he weighted those balls. They looked to be going out for touch but seemed to just hover in the air allowing Oba to chase them down.

    God I hope we crush Reading. Bring on the good times!

  • Keep Oba

    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29 topic here…but it dont look like Liverpool will be going to the champions league finals this year…They are looking lousy in a relatively mediocre group. 0-1 to Besiktas currently

  • elliott

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #30

    last season according to opta barton created more clear goalscoring chances on his own than our entire collection of central midfielders. that was about 70 chances. if that doesn’t make him creative i don’t know what does.

  • Alex

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #31

    I agree with Tom_Toon lets give Edgar and Troisi a chance instead of paying big money in the january sales.Im also getting tired about hearing we have a lack of creative players Nzogbia,emre and when fit Duff are capable of opening up a defence also once Milner improves his final delivery he will be a real handfull for any team.With all the injured players reaching full fitness the creative side of are game will improve.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye, Troisi and Edgar look the most promising of our current youngsters and ready for a go, the others need a bit more and luckily troisi and edgar can play in the positions we need the to, still need a rb though.

    I would say give Pattison a chance but he is absolutely shocking even for the reserves sometimes.

  • leo

    Oct 24, 2007 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #33

    i would welcome laurent robert back into the team with open arms, loved him, he was my favourite player, more than shearer, had his name on all my shirts at the time… i was gutted when he left, but what a way he went remember???

    stripping on the pitch and giving the fans a bit of himself. haha

  • AlexW

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #34

    laurent robert, he wa class at freekicks, just a morngy git

  • joe

    Oct 25, 2007 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #35

    There are basically 4 types of midfielders actually. There’s the defensive holding midfielder type, like butt makelele etc. Then there’s the withrawn playmaker type, names like pirlo or our own emre comes to mind. Further up the pitch u have to box to box runner, Scott parker, barton, gerrard to name a few. And finally you got the Kaka’ or Zog (if he plays CM) type of midfielders who are the real attacking minded ones where creativity and passing are the main parts of their game! Of course you will also encounter midfielders whom you CANT tell what the heck they are.. *cough* dyer *cough* IMO you cant really categorise midfielders into creative or non creative midfielders cos it’s not a style of play, but just an attribute.


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