One of the players we have liked this season, and think has done a reasonable job of adjusting to the Premiership, is Senegal and former Marseilles defender, Habib Beye.
He was one of the few players to play a decent game against Liverpool, and he had another solid game at Blackburn on Saturday, when he again had to fill in for the injured Abdoulaye Faye.
Habib Beye – we need win against Arsenal
Habib Beye was realistic in his assessment of the defeat at Ewood Park on Saturday, as he talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this afternoon, but he is well aware that it was yet another defeat, and things will need to be turned around very soon.
Habib is also very appreciative of the Newcastle fans who were again excellent last Saturday, and the Senegalese would like to reward them with a win against Arsenal â€“ that would be nice. 😀
With Abdoulaye Faye being injured yet again, Beye was switched to the center of defense, like he was used to good effect against Liverpool, and Habib gave another battling performance, but he was clearly not happy with the result.
Beye told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:
â€œWe need to pick things up and I am very disappointed with the situation.â€ â€œThe dressing room was an unhappy place. Arsenal now is a big game and we need to do a good job. It is a big game for everybody and we need to go out and win.â€
â€œIt was better, but we know it was not a win.” â€œWe controlled parts of the game and we were unlucky with some of our chances, but we needed a clean sheet.â€
â€œWe have conceded three goals and you cannot expect to win if you do that. We created a lot of opportunities, but we emerged disappointed afterwards.â€
The injury to Faye and Carr has put Newcastle back to the top of the PhysioRoom.Com Premier Injury League Table, where we now have 8 injuries as follows.
S Carr Hamstring Injury no return date A Faye Calf Muscle Strain no return date S Taylor Back Injury 5th Dec 07 M Owen Thigh Muscle Strain 15th Dec 07 C Babayaro Back Injury no return date Cacapa Knee Injury 5th Dec 07 P Ramage ACL Knee Injury Apr 08 D Duff Sprained Ankle 8th Dec 07
Beye is hoping his Senegal team mate, Faye, is back soon because we certainly need him since heâ€™s probably been our best defender this season.
â€œThe injuries are not good for the team but that is football.â€ â€œSometimes players get injured and I hope Abdoulaye is back soon.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think his injury was too bad, but we will keep our fingers crossed for him.â€ â€œNow we have to pick ourselves up and get on with the job.â€
Funny things happen in football and we’ll just have to support the lads on Wednesday night, and hope they can get some kind of result for the fans. But now is not the time to turn against the team – they and Sam need all the help they can get, there’s not much argument there.