Fulham After Jean-Alain Boumsong

Jean Alain Boumsong is unsettled at Juventus – and it looks like he is a target for Fulham as well as Olympiakos, Stuttgart and Lazio.


Boumsong – turned out to be disastrous buy for Newcastle

New Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has refused to say who he is targeting. This is what Roy has told the Fulham Web Site:

“We’ve got to be wise in the transfer window,” “I wouldn’t like to be bringing players in on a short-term basis. They’ve got to make us better, not just in the last months of the season to keep us in the league but also next season when we’re trying to build an even stronger team.

“”That’s a tough task.”  “The type of players that are being flagged up are not the type of players that have definite pedigree that you can be 100 percent certain that they are top quality Premiership players who will make us better today and we can build on tomorrow.

“I’m not ruling out signing players, absolutely not. I, the team and the staff, we want to do well and, if there are players out there who will make us a lot better, then please bring them on.” “What we don’t want to do is to be panicked into buying players that won’t help us do any better and just make our list of players longer.”

Newcastle paid out over £8M for Boumsong in January, 2005, less than 6 months after Rangers had signed him on a free transfer. While he initially looked a good player, he started to make some horrendous errors at the back. Boumsong was finally sold to Juventus in the summer of 2006 for around £3M, after finally losing his confidence with some disastrous displays.

In that same January we signed Babayaro from Chelsea, whose contract Newcastle have just paid up, and Celestine is no longer at the club.

Those are two typical signings of former manager Graeme Souness at Newcastle United – terrible.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Now Fulham will definitely be relegated

  • ChrisM

    Jan 8, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I may be misinformed here ………but in his first (and last) full season at newcastle boumsong’s wife and daughter were very ill and still living in France.


    Beacause i couldnt blame anyone, £50k a week or not for not being on the ball. He was very good and made Bramble better in his fist half a season. He also plays for France and was good at Rangers……I just feel that, if the above is true, its just one of those unfortunate situations that he turned out to play so crap!

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3


  • toonfan1

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    i can see fulham goin down with this man. can’t kick a ball and is worse then bramble when he was at newcastle

  • Leo

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    if ur right chris m. i am also of the same opinion as you are about him

    but when i read the headline i almost coffed ma gutts up with laughter would be amusing

    although no one can say bramble is now as bad as he was at newcastle. maybe they were both cursed… boumsong will be good at fulham mark my words, acctually dont mark them, i will hopefully be wrong haha

  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed …while he looked initially good??I remember about his 2/3rd game was against Cheltenham Town 4th round of the FA cup. They had a strong CF (forget his name) who totally exposed Boumsong for the poor player he was. I saw all of his home games – from the first I never rated him. I did meet him on the quayside after we played Crystal Palace (he was out with a meal with friends) and he’d actually had one of his best games against Andy Johnson. My wife, son and I had a good chat with him – he came across as a smashing man and I so wanted to support him, but sadly as a CH he was a complete dud.

    Chris M there were stories that his son was not well in France, but as I said at the time when this was used as a reason for his poor form, if his son had been that unwell the club would have given him compassionate leave. He looked OK for Rnagers in the league, but poor when they stepped up to the Uefa cup.

  • Steeley

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Typical ex-NUFC player though! You watch him go to Fulham and be awesome!!

    Bramble has certainly improved on his Newcastle days already (although it didnt take much)!

    It would be VERY interesting to see Boumsong as a neutral observer as I bet he’s improved his game a bit playing with Juve!

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Superb business by Fulham, now all they need is Souness as manager who can than bring in Boumsong, Luque, Craig Moore, Amdy Faye and Babayaro.

    A bulletproof recipe for success.

    ……..wait that sounds awfully familiar…. 😉

  • MattyDread

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Boumsong didn’t ever look good for Rangers in the short time he was there, but still managed to look even worse for us. At all times.

    The reports about his son being ill are true, and feel free to feel sorry for the guy, but that doesn’t stop him being a crap footballer.

  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    ToonKing……and take Owen for 17 million!

  • Leo

    Jan 8, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    newcastle have approached arsenal about lassana diarra…

    i told you so

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #12

    if boumsong goes to fulham he will score a own goal at least once a game before being sent off. after he makes a mistake he just takes out the player with ball.i renember him doing it against liverpool

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #13

    lol i forgot the biggest of them all……..

  • scott9

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #14

    fulham i want to give u some advice as i feel slightly sorry for u as u spent so much money in the summer on s*it
    dont buy boumsong hes is the owrsed defender to ever tough the premier along with bramble

  • Zx

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #15

    The most impt thing,

    are we going to receive a sell-on fee?

    Who cares about Boumsong anyway…

  • Simon P

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Everybody has problems , but you still have to get up and go to work.
    Please stop looking for excuses for Boumsong.
    He has to be one of the worst defenders I have ever seen in a black & white shirt.
    Utter dross.
    You’d have to be a crazy mentalist to bring him back to the Premiership, but it would be fun watching Match Of The Day.

  • mark

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Wesley Ngo Baheng is playing v the mackems tonight 😀 signed sealed and lets hope he delivers.

  • Ross

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    boumsong didnt perform well for us, although there were signs he was a good defender.
    i remember a certain game against manure, he had an absolute blinder. then after about an hour in, quite literally just fell over twice and gifted them two goals.
    i feel sorry for him if the story regarding his wife and kids is true, that will have effected his football.

  • antz

    Jan 8, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    to CHRIS M, are you chris mort? 😀


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