Beye – Competition for Places at Newcastle


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.

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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:

“The manager has choices here. All we can do is stay fit and work hard.” “At the moment we are going through a lot of difficulties, and we need to have everybody.”

“We know that what we need are wins, but competition here is good for the club.” “Nobody can take their place in the team for granted.”

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:

“We need these two weeks to prepare for the match against Manchester United.” “It gives us the chance to get our minds on the job and put things in place.”

“For people like myself, Oba, Geremi and Abdoulaye, we probably need these two weeks to reacclimatize after playing in Africa.”

“We are already preparing hard for the next league game.”

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.

Beye continued:

“I have been playing in Ghana for my country, now I want to play here and do a job for the team and the manager.”“I am confident in myself to do that and I am ready for the fight which lies ahead.”

“The way the tournament ended for me was a big disappointment.” “Now it is important for me to play well for Newcastle.”

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.

Beye currently has 57% of the vote, with 546 of our readers having registered their vote in our latest poll. Please vote if you haven’t already done so – thanks.

Comments very welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • rob

    Feb 14, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    lets get him playing every game

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  • GP

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Beye and Milner will hopefully run the right side of the pitch in the important games we have in the next few months.

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  • daiv

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Beye is a good player who we should do everyting to keep.
    Why not play Smith at our problem left back position. Keegan will play him so why not there where he can do least damage.

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    daiv, against Ronaldo lol or did u mean left back in the changing room?

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  • Andreas

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5

    daiv, I do like your comments (even though you broke your 100% record yesterday :=) Was a good reply in the other thread by the way).

    I reckon Smith wouldn’t be worse at LB compared
    with ST/MID so why not play him there since he’ll play somewhere 🙂 And Enrique seems to be stuck on the bench permanetly so better waste Smith there instead of taking up a ST/MID position. Only worry is that the free kicks caused by Smith will be in more dangerous positions, but I reckon him not taking up a ST/MID slot make up for that.

    Note: After the first paragraph, my post is written with sarcasm (and I state this only since I know that quite a few readers would have thought it to be serious – potentially causing posting drama)

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Beye is a great player who has done incredibly well for his first season in the EPL. He has to be Sam’s best buy. I really hope he stays fit and plays as well as he has been up to the end of this miserable season. We should also include Faye in the team to replace Butt, he gives much more strength to our lame midfield.

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  • thelongshanks

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    competition for places,relax beye right back is urs by miles.class signing.

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  • Kash2

    Feb 14, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Enrique has to be given the shout for LB against ManUre!!!!!!

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  • nightfall

    Feb 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    i just hope beye won’t leave us this summer…

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  • greek toon

    Feb 14, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes beye has nothing to worry about. No serious competion for his place based on his performance so far. He stands out not so much because he is that brilliant but that he is competent, committed and with good attitude. A bit more of that from the rest is probably the least we should be expecting.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 14, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    who is beyes competition

    geremi and carr! not that great if we are going to be honest.

    agreed enrique must play against manchester. even if he has a bad game he should stay in the team, we cant really expect that much from him,not getting games and having to play one of the best teams in the world, who are really looking for points.

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  • valle

    Feb 14, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Beye is a great buy and one of the few who could survive if we used 100 mill to make a top team.

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    beye wont leave in the summer , to close to the end of his carear and keegan will want to keep hold of him , doesnt suit us or beye to have him move on .

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  • Bill F

    Feb 14, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I take the Smith at LB was meant as irony, I doubt if he would be on the pitch for very long after some mistimed crude tackles. If he did play there and I was Fergy I would have Ronaldo going at him from the off.

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  • CJ

    Feb 14, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    The only competion Carr would beat Beye at is eat all you can Buffet.

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  • Ian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    It is funny that he talks of competition for places, I would say that he is one player who, if he keeps going as he has, doesnt have any competition at all, he was a good purchase.

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