Habiob Beye, freshly back from Ghana, and having a difficult game in his return to the team on Saturday, said today that no player at Newcastle United can be certain of their place in the first team line-up when Manchester United come to Tyne-side a week this Saturday.
Habib Beye – nobody’s place safe at Newcastle
Newcastle have not won since our terrible performance and last minute penalty win at Craven Cottage on 15th December, and that’s 9 games in which we have accumulated a pathetic 3 points. This has to be one of our worst runs ever, since we’ve been in the Premier League, and the sooner we can end it the better.
We’ve been impressed with Habib this season, not just because of his excellent play at right back but he also has leadership qualities which seem to be badly lacking in our team right now. We are hoping that Beye can make a big difference in the team, but he will be under pressure from Geremi, who we think is probably the next best right back at the club.
Geremi was recently named in the African Cup of Nations team of the tournament, which is a great achievement for the Cameroon player. We hope he can continue that form for the remainder of the season at Newcastle United.
Habib Beye told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThe manager has choices here. All we can do is stay fit and work hard.â€ â€œAt the moment we are going through a lot of difficulties, and we need to have everybody.â€
â€œWe know that what we need are wins, but competition here is good for the club.â€ â€œNobody can take their place in the team for granted.â€
Kevin is said to be working hard to rebuild morale and restore things in the dressing room that had said to have eroded under the previous regime. But we’re not sure the morale had been low under Big Sam. That’s not what the players were saying, and it seems to be fair game when a manager gets sacked to say the dressing room morale was low. We don’t think it was.
We do believe the team is low on confidence though, and that’s so important in the game of football.
Senegalese International Beye continued:
â€œWe need these two weeks to prepare for the match against Manchester United.â€ â€œIt gives us the chance to get our minds on the job and put things in place.â€
â€œFor people like myself, Oba, Geremi and Abdoulaye, we probably need these two weeks to reacclimatize after playing in Africa.â€
â€œWe are already preparing hard for the next league game.â€
However, Beye sees the final 12 league games of the campaign as an excellent chance for him and Newcastle to get something out of this season, his very first at Newcastle. That’s true even if it means the team gets set for an assault up the league next season.
We’ve just got to do a lot better in the league, than we’ve achieved in the last couple of seasons, which will probably be our worst two placings ever in the Premier League.
â€œI have been playing in Ghana for my country, now I want to play here and do a job for the team and the manager.â€â€œI am confident in myself to do that and I am ready for the fight which lies ahead.â€
â€œThe way the tournament ended for me was a big disappointment.” â€œNow it is important for me to play well for Newcastle.â€
As we said before we like Beye a lot, because he’s both a good player and a good leader. He also seems to be the best player Big Sam signed last summer, according to our readers.
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