We were surprised when Keegan left Abdoulaye Faye on the bench last Saturday, and his physical presence and heading ability were badly needed against Aston Villa, but for some reason Keegan didn’t use him.
Abdoulaye Faye – Keegan impressed with Senegalese star
Faye can play at center-back or defensive midfield and we feel he should be starting every game through the end of the season. Faye and Baye are the top two players Big Sam signed last summer, according to our poll.
Both Beye and Faye’s capture were announced by Newcastle some 15 minutes after last summer’s transfer window closed. They have turned out to be Sam’s best signings.
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI am delighted to have Abdoulaye back.â€ â€œI have been very impressed with both him and Habib Beye.â€ â€œThey both played a part in Senegalâ€™s tournament and now have a role to play here.â€
â€œAs far as Abdoulaye is concerned, he is a very good professional and heâ€™s done a very good job here.â€ â€œHeâ€™s a big lad and we certainly need some height in the team at the moment.â€
â€œBut itâ€™s not only his height, he has great experience as well.â€
Faye will very probably make his first appearance since his return from Ghana, when Manchester United come to Tyne-side on 23rd February, a week tomorrow for a 5:15 PM kick off.
â€œBy the time we play Manchester United I hope to have all four of the players that were involved in Ghana back in contention.â€
â€œThat will give everybody here a big lift.â€
It will be an important game for Newcastle, and we want to see an improved performance from the side. That’s the most important thing – to start to play at their best – so we can then start picking up vital points that will keep us in the Premier league for next season.
First things first.