Kevin Keegan has said he will fight to hang onto one of his best young players, Charles Nâ€™Zogbia, whose head seems to be turned to London for his future career.
Charles N’Zogbia – we may lose him in the summer
Charles seemed happy to sign a new and improved 5 year at the club recently but to be honest, the former Le Havre player has not looked completely happy this season.
And Keegan revealed today:
â€œCharles came to see me about all the speculation.â€
â€œHeâ€™s just signed a new contract here, but itâ€™s something weâ€™ll have to revisit again in the summer, because the signs are that heâ€™s not that happy here.â€
â€œBut this is a big club, and weâ€™ve got two or three months to work with him.â€
This is not good news for the club and early in the season, before Big Sam came to the club, he wanted to leave the club but Geremi mentored him and he seemed quite happy,
But we think his head is being turned by the lights of London, where lots of other French players ply their trade. There’s also a question as to what Charles’ best position is.
Keegan thinks Nâ€™Zogbia is more effective as an out-and-out left winger – as he continued:
â€œI thought he has done very well again playing at left-back. Iâ€™m not saying itâ€™s his best position, but heâ€™s a gem of a lad.”
“He never complains at all.” â€œHe can play in midfield and left-back, but his best position is definitely on the left of a midfield four and bombing on.â€
Keegan will be hoping that Charles plays for the French Under-21 side against Spain tonight, when Enrique should be in the Spanish side. N’Zogbia is suspended for the game at Villa on Saturday, after picking up 5 yellow cards for the season.
It will be disappointing, to say the least, if Newcastle cannot hold onto their young star, who doesn’t turn 22 until May. But if Charles insists on leaving, there’s not much Newcastle can really do, except get a good price for the emerging super-star.Â We only want players who want to play at Newcastle United.
But it will be very bad precedent for our Youth Policy.