Just before the transfer window open tomorrow, here’s a mid-term report card on Newcastle’s 9 new players that Big Sam brought in during the summer transfer window.
Sam Allardyce – Players Sam bought last summer – how have they done?
Habib has started to play very well in the last 6-7 games and looks a strong right back, who seems to just love playing for Newcastle. Habib has been fairly consistent all season, but took a few games to get to grips with the pace of the Premiership. Becoming a favorite with the crowd at Newcastle and is very experienced. Good buy and probabaly the best buy Sam made in the summer. Looks the part.
Jury probably still out on the Brazilian. But apart from his disastrous display at home against Portsmouth,Â he has looked a decent player and certainly has lots of experience with his no-nonsense type of defending. Probably injured against Pompey, which could explain his performance, but he needs to cut out the little mistakes. He could be very solid for Newcastle in the next couple of years. Great attitude and leader on the field, and can be a big help to young Steven Taylorâ€™s development. Jury still out on Claudio.
Has been injured too much but when heâ€™s played heâ€™s looked the part. Has played some strong games at center-back, and Faye can be relied on to produce his best in most games. Maybe he will find a long term place as a defensive midfielder like he played yesterday â€“ although he looked all in at the end of the game. Big Presence with Newcastle with his 6’2″ frame â€“ good buy.
Where have you been Jose Enrique? Needs to be played more often by Big Sam, and has often looked solid when played at left back and he certainly has a good left foot. But we donâ€™t think heâ€™s been given his chance yet, and weâ€™d like to see Charles N’Zogbia played more up field, because heâ€™s more dangerous there, as he proved yesterday. Jury still out on Jose but can still make it at the club. And heâ€™s still only 21.
New Newcastle captain, having just recently replaced Geremi in that role. Alan is a utility player and Big Sam has played him in lots of roles so far this season. Alan is not a winger and unbalances the side when he is played there, but he is good in the center. He can be played as a striker, which is probably his best position, or as a central midfielder, either defensive or attacking. Alan has yet to score his first goal for the club, and already has 8 yellow cards. He has been quite good for Newcastle so far this season, but not great. We hope he will get better as Alan takes on his new responsibility as captain of the club. That may propel Alan into being a better all-round player for the team. A reasonable buy for the club up to this point.
Geremi has actually been a little disappointing at Newcastle. While he made a good start and is a solid enough player, his displays have been blasÃ© of late, and he has just lost the captaincy of the club. Geremi has seemed to lack the fire he had at Chelsea and his passing has been poor, for a player of his caliber. We expect more from Geremi during the rest of the season, and we think he’ll improve. Maybe giving up the captaincy will help him. Disappointing so far.
Davidâ€™s made too many mistakes when heâ€™s been in the team. Thereâ€™s no doubt he can be a good player, but he must cut out the mistakes, otherwise he will not make it in the Premiership. Thereâ€™s no questioning the boyâ€™s attitude, which is first class, and heâ€™s looked good as a defensive midfielder at the end of some of our games. He seems to love living in the City of Newcastle. But we look for more solid displays without the errors at the back from David.Â The jury still out on David, but we think he’ll be a lot better next season.
Markâ€™s been injured too much and hasnâ€™t really got going with his Newcastle career. However, he has 5 good goals for the club.Â Had his best game for Newcastle against Derby County with two expertly taken goals. He looked real class in that game, and that’s the Mark we need to see more of.Â But then he didnâ€™t show up against Wigan, and was dropped for the Chelsea game. Mark can be a big player for Newcastle United, but needs to be more injury free, and more consistent. Very experienced and good attitude. It will also help him to retire from International football and concentrate on his club career.
Left until the end for obvious reasons. Never really hit the heights of play that he did at Manchester City and with his recent arrest in Liverpool we think his Newcastle career may (and should) be over. Because Joey has let everyone down, this has hardly been a good buy for Newcastle United and Sam cannot be feeling too good about Barton. Heâ€™s simply let his boss down badly, not to mention all the other people in his life who were trying to help him. Looks like a bad apple.
That’s what we think – let us know what you think about our new players.Â It’s a good time, being just before the new transfer window opens up tomorrow, and hopefully when we’ll see more arrivals at the club.
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