Habib Beye is thankfully back from Ghana, having played for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations, along with his team mate Abdoulaye Faye, two of our best performers this season.
Habib Beye – looking forward to Newcastle run of form
Habib was disappointed at Senegal’s exit in the group round of play from the African Cup of Nations. Senegal certainly have some good players, including our own Faye and Beye, and they were tipped as even potential winners of the tournament.
However, we have to be honest and say we are really pleased to have both Beye and Abdoulaye Faye back at Newcastle. Both will be available (and hopefully play) in Saturday’s tough game at Aston Villa.
Habib told Newcastle World TV today.
“The Africa Nations was disappointing because Senegal had a lot of individuals but we didn’t play together as a team and that’s the reason we were knocked out,”
“Now it’s back to Newcastle and Aston Villa on Saturday.â€ “I believe we can still aim for the top half of the table and hopefully the return of myself, Abdoulaye and Oba can help spark things off.â€
“Aston Villa are a big side and are doing well in the league.â€ “But it’s important to get the win because after that it’s Man Utd at home and for that game we will need a lot of confidence.â€
“There’s no reason why we can’t get the victory and that would be great for morale.”
A top half finish last August was almost a certainty and we were talking more of a top 6 or top 8 finish. However, West Ham are now in 10th place and have 36 points from their 24 games while Newcastle are in 12th place with just 28 points from our 25 games.
So we may be 11 points off 10th place right now and West Hams’ goal difference is +7 to our -15, so maybe that’s 12 points off 10th place (the lowest position in the top half of the table) with just 13 games to play. And our fixture list for the remaining league games isn’t a particularly easy one.
A tough order, in what has been a very disappointing season for us, and that’s quite an under-statement.