Sam Allardcye is now becoming concerned about losing our four African players, Martins, Faye, Geremi and Beye to the African Nations Cup starting in early January.
Habib Beye – has looked great in our last few games
And he should be worried because we know what Oba can do – score goals – and Faye and Beye have been two of our best defenders this season and Geremi is our captain. We think the nine players Sam did bring in are going to still turn out to be great buys even though a lot of them have found it difficult initially in the Premiership. But their skill and character are starting to come through, and all nine are coming through very nicely, we think.
Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle about the four African players today:
â€œOf course this is causing me concern.” â€œWe all know what Martins, Geremi and Faye are capable of and now Beye has started to play and is showing why we brought him here.â€
â€œWe are constantly monitoring the situation and our scouts are out 24/7 and we will just have to see how we go.” â€œThey are under instructions to find us quality players, but there are not that many of them out there.â€
Sam has continued to build a vast network of scouts during recent months, and news today is that former Sunderland striker Vic Halom is now working for Newcastle in Bulgaria, and the latest addition to the scouting network is Chris McMenemy, one of Kevin Keeganâ€™s former coaches whose geographic area is to cover Spain for talent. That’s just one of the things Sam is doing to build up an excellent structure at Newcastle, and it will pay off big time for us, in the future.
As far as the January transfer window goes, we don’t believe there is no money to bring in players. The question that Chairman Mort will have is who does Sam want to bring in. If they are good, talented, experienced players at a decent price, we’re confident that Sam will be provided the funds.
We also expect to see a number of top youngsters join us, which is a good move for the future.
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