Sam Excited About N’Zogbia’s Ability

Charles N’Zogbia seemed to play fairly well during the first half against Spurs on Monday night, but the Frenchman was withdrawn at half time because he was feeling ill.Of course, as we now know young James Milner came on and played well as usual, and was even able to get his first goal for the club – and what a great goal it was.

Sam Allardyce has said that N’Zogbia actually tried to hide the fact he was unwell in the dressing room at half-time so he could stay on against Spurs. But Big Sam and his capable medical staff felt the 21-year-old should not continue and decided to replace him.


Charles N’Zogbia – felt unwell during the first half on Monday night

Competition for places is so high that when you have the shirt it looks like even when you are sick you want to keep playing 😀 But it was good that Sam and his staff saw through Charles, for his own good quite honestly, as he could have made himself a lot worse. So we think that was a sensible move by the Newcastle staff.

Sam Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle about Charles before they left today for Reading:

“Charles was feeling unwell on Monday night and he was not breathing correctly.” “He was trying not to tell us, but we finally found out.”

“He did not want to come off – he wanted to stay on.” “We made the right decision. It’s hard enough playing at this pace anyway, let alone if you’re feeling unwell.”

“Physically, you are not at the level you can be.” “But he’s OK. He’s back in training and in the squad for Reading.”

Jose Enrique is now playing very solidly at left back (what an exciting player he is to watch) and this of course has freed Charles up to play in his normal left midfield position. However, if Jose misses a game for any reason we feel Sam would again replace him with Charles. Maybe Babayaro can start making some impact at left back – and without being too harsh on Celestine – he needs to. Babayaro has been out injured since early March and only last night did he play his first game back – in Newcastle Reserves’ 2-1 defeat at Liverpool.

We have to applaud the attitude of young Charles this season too, and there was not a word of protest from him when Sam asked him to play at left back, which he didn’t like to do last season, at least for Glenn Roeder. But it looks like Charles has matured a lot since being taken under the wing of Newcastle captain Geremi.

Charles also finally won international recognition with France’s Under-21s this season, and they played him at left back! Allardyce continued:

“To tell the truth, I am not sure what Charles’s best position is.”“He is certainly a talented player, but he has got to maintain the level he has set himself and he must not dip below that level.”

“I’m quite excited about the ability he has got, and I am encouraging him to produce that ability now he is back in the team on a regular basis.”

“From what looked a dismal position for me and him, he has got international recognition. All of a sudden, we have turned it round.”

Credit for the turnaround also has to go to Big Sam of course, but he gives almost all the credit to Geremi, who seems to have had a profound and positive effect on the young Frenchman. That’s something we just love to see. We all knew Charles was a special talent when Sir Bobby Robson brought him to the club 3 years ago from Le Havre. Now he’s proving just how good he is.

Well done Charles – and as Sam says – keep it up.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 26, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Who isnt excited!?!

    Pass the tissues 🙁

  • Josh

    Oct 26, 2007 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    I am a toon season ticket holder, and i applied for tickets for reading on the first day they came out…….didnt get them……so im sitting in the Reading end hahaha, i bet you lot that in the days of glenn roeder and souness, they would not have spotted that charlie was ill.

  • Paul

    Oct 26, 2007 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #3

    That wasn’t Milner’s first goal for the club, just the first he’s got this season. He had a little goal scoring spell last season though – Do you not remember his screamers against Birmingham and Man Utd?

  • Jinal

    Oct 26, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I just downloaded the game against spurs. If anyone didn’t get a chance to see it, post something here – i’ll figure out a way to get it to you.

    P.S. – The Bull’s long balls from defense are top notch!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 26, 2007 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Jinal – ur right, Enrique has not put a foot wrong yet he has been brilliant!

  • Bill f

    Oct 26, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Suppose the caption has to be;

    wait for it

    Wait for it


  • wsq

    Oct 26, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Jinal-where u dl the game?

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #8

    From the first time I saw Enrique playing, I was impressed. He was so calm and mature in the way he played, always trying to find another N player to pass to instead of just give away the ball by non-adressed long clearances or making throw-ins..

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    …and next: Why is it so f…in’ hard for the goalie (Given/Harper) to deliver a short ball to a teammate if he catches it or at goalkicks? they always seem to kick it as hard and long as they can, making it a 50/50% ball to win, instead of keeping the posession with a pass.. f. ex its ok on counter-attacks or when the opponent team is not in ballance, but when they have 11 men behind the ball its allmost impossible to make something direct out of it… and it pisses me off every time we loose posession..

    comments welcome.


  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #10

    and please dont get mad by the bad spelling or grammar… 🙂

  • Hammy

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Ehhhh …..AltaBatalJoneN……that’s one blog name..real catchy…
    Since they changed the backpass ruling many moons ago……(ex fullback speaking) you’ll find the vast majority of keepers now punt it upfield…..
    you are right however as 9/10 it comes straight back.
    Good spot!!

  • Aussie Toonfan

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Have to agree with all the comments of Enrique he certainly looks like a great player already and can only get better, he waits for the right time to tackle, and his passing short is very good but his long range passing is incredible i have never seen anyone hit so many long balls straight to his mark… Especially the ball to Oba for sirst goal last monday was class.
    As for Zog he is just getting better and better…. gonna be full international by years end at this rate if he keeps it up!

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #13

    thanks Hammy.

    “Altabataljonen” is Norwegian for “The batallion of Alta”.
    Alta is a little town in the North of Norway, and the batallion is known for holding the Germans back during The World War 2.
    In fact it was in Alta that the German battleship Tirpitz was stationed, and the Royal Air Force of Brittain was deeply involved in sinking it.
    thx for that to!! 🙂

    as for tomorrow I just hope we can win, dont matter how, and also keep a clean sheet would be nice!!

  • Leo

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #14

    we all know why the clubs fans that lost him were crying when he signed for newcastle, woop woop thats the sound of the police.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #15

    As the song goes; “The Zog on the Tyne is real fine, real fine, Zog on the Tyne is all-mine……” Tremendous prospect either as a fullback or winger!

    Enrique was a surprize buy (especially after Marcelino and Enrique) and settling in very nicely in the Newcastle back four.

  • Hammy

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #16

    And on Enrique…..outstanding………must admit after the last spaniard we had I was a bit apprehensive but this kid really fits in….not sure what BSA does behind the scenes with these foreign lads but it seems to f**cing work!!
    You’d think he’d played EPL all his life….well done Sam for bringing him to the toon.

  • Faroe Geordie

    Oct 27, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Enrique is looking very good indeed. It looks as if Big Sam has a gem of a player in Enrique. And that goes for all the other players Big Sam has brought in. What amazes me is the few bobs he has had to give for them. Can’t wait what he brings in in January

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Paul – of course you’re right – I meant this season – I remember the 4 goals last season – every one so great – especially that first one against Man United. Will change it.

  • Melbourne Geordie

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Absolutely agree with everyones comments about Enrique. looks a great defender and looks like he’s got a bit going forward too. As stated above if he does get injured i would MUCH prefer charlie slotted in at left back than babayaro. in a different page i read that a cardboard cut out of babayaro would be better than the real player because it wouldnt jump out of the way.

    If we think we have a lot of selection issues in the centre of defence & up front, wait till duff comes back- duff, charlie & enrique all queueing up for the left hand side.

    Also, i think Geremi has had a great influence on Charlie, and stopped him from going to Fulham (cause thats where he wanted to go). Geremi is a multi-lingual bloke and seems to be doing a good job in that respect. Unfortunately for him, I cant see what position he will be playing for us. In a 442 theres no way he’ll get in. milner will take up right wing, and i would think butt and emre will start in the middle for the next week or two with barton to fit in somewhere. unless we play a 433 with milner or charlie up front and having a 3 man central midfield i cant see where he will fit in. Even then, when barton is fit enough to start- where will he be? right back?


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