Keegan Impressed with Faye – Good

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:

“I am delighted to have Abdoulaye back.” “I have been very impressed with both him and Habib Beye.” “They both played a part in Senegal’s tournament and now have a role to play here.”

“As far as Abdoulaye is concerned, he is a very good professional and he’s done a very good job here.” “He’s a big lad and we certainly need some height in the team at the moment.”

“But it’s not only his height, he has great experience as well.”

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.

Keegan added:

“By the time we play Manchester United I hope to have all four of the players that were involved in Ghana back in contention.”

“That will give everybody here a big lift.”

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.

Comments welcome.

130 comments so far

  • mikeygd

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1


  • Eric

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Faye is a good strong defender and merits a run in the side. I also think he has the edge over Cacapa by some way. And I like Faye’s determination too. Beye is our best right back and classier than ‘sick note’ Carr. Also I think Enriques needs a run in the side – it is no good putting Carr or Zog at left back. With all this hoo-ha about Zog wanting to leave what do we do? Play him every game in his favoured position and pursuade him to stay or leave him on the bench with him pram toys? Butt can captain the reserves and Barton can captain the Durham Jail XI.

  • Mitch H

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    This lad was Fat Sam’s best buy. He’s all buisness. No frills, just gets the job done. Beye & Faye have been superb buys & i’m sure they will do us a great job, especially when KK has had time to start shaping the team.

    Carr, Butt & Smith, just have to be dropped.

    Ho’way the Lads !

  • Jamie

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    eric – id rather see butt retire lol.

  • Jamie

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    beye n faye are an example to the rest of the players at nufc, i really like enrique n his decent left peg, want him n zogs playing tandom left wing.

  • Davies

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Faye is quality and definitely merits the praise he has been getting from KK and elsewhere. Whilst Cacapa has had some moments of genius, he’s not nearly as consistent as Abdulaye.

    I also agree that Licky Butt has had his day. He seems to do little more than give the ball away and attract yellow cards. Can we see something that wor Kev can’t?

    Maybe Roy Keane can have him…….and Shola.

    Hello again mikeygd. Weeeeeeeeee.

  • Bosck

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Team i reckon we should pick for Manchester United match:


    you wont defend the game out against manchester united. you have to take the gaem to them so pick a strong back for then our quickest and most dynamic players forward from there.

    only potential change would be to play faye protecting back 4 in place of emre/n’zogbia, but probably a bit negative.

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8


    because he is sh1te

  • Luke

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    praise to jesus!

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Totally Leo he sucks massive donkey balls and the team would be better without Carr and Smith too. Give the fans team a shot and drop the bums

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Carr is goo back-up but Butt and Smith are just too shit for the reserves.

  • Chicken

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    One cock-up and he’ll be the new Rozenhal.

    A fickle bunch are we football fans.

  • steve k

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    “sucks massive donkey balls” is the best description of Butt I’ve ever heard. I’ve never bought into the “Butt” revival thing. He puts in the odd stellar tackle but is by and large absolutely pants. Send him off to the ‘mackems or something.

    Agree with everyone here, Faye looks the real deal. Not sure whether I’d put him beside Cacapa or Taylor but get him in there.

  • Bill F

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #14

    I think you got your sentence just right Tom-Toon goo is an apt term for him. I reckon his feet a covered in it the way he runs, or ambles. I’ve never rated him as a “good” defender and never will.

  • Eric

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree with Jamie – Butt should retire. There’s a nice ‘home’ in Whitley Bay is there not? Anyway I thought butt was an American word for arse!
    Against Manky U I would have Harper (don’t risk Given); Beye, Cacapa (Taylor), Faye, Enrique, Milner, Emre, NZogbia, Duff, Owen, Martins, with some from Carroll, Ameobi, Lua Lua, Given, Troisi, Edgar etc on the bench. Seats in the Strawberry for Butt, Smith, Viduka, Carr, and any other Sam the Sham has-beens.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Can we just get Nicky Butt to retire but still pay him his wages until the end of his contract as an incentive not to come back.

  • Andy1

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Faye is a class act – our best centre back by far and does a job in midfield too. He is strongest, best in the air, quickest and most consistent of the defenders and along with Beye was a great signing.

  • Rich

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Against Man Utd i would go with this line up possibly:

    Geremi Beye Faye Enrique
    Milner Emre Barton N Zogbia
    Owen Viduka

    SUBS: Given, Duff, Martins, Taylor, Smith.

    Geremi was good in the African Nations and he can play right back, i say give him a go here and play Beye and Faye at centre backs, addin some height and physical presence there. Think this team is balanced and could do ok against United.

  • toonfan1

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    nice banner ed!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    what has changed about the banner?

  • Mitch H

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Carr is finnished. Has been for 3-4 seasons. Granted he’s had a couple of decent games for us after coming back, however, he’s now showing his usual shocking form. He’s just not good enough. He was shot when we bought him from spurs. He’s shocking in the air & the opposition teams know that they can expose us because of this. His positioning & distribution just aint good enough.

    We just carnt expect to compete when picking this standard of player.

    Get shot, soon as !!

  • Chicken

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Like the new banner Ed – good work getting rid of that scumbag Barton.

    Now if only the rest of the numpties who keep putting him in their teams would follow suit 😉

  • CJ

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom Toon you have just said Carr is good back up do you actually watch Newcastle play or is he good on Champ or player manager Carr has prob not had 5 good games in about 4 years for the club Tom Toon talk sense.

  • CJ

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Butt won’t retire for a few more years I think he just signed a new contract extension a few month’s back.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    I actually think he is good back-up i.e. doesnt play unless we are wrecked with injuries etc.

    whats champ or player manageR?

  • Tez131

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #26

    @Rich – I was thinking about the option of Beye in CB he has played there for last club.

    Geremi’s got a decent cross on him at RB – I just think he is a bit lost in the midfield (DM) and not very good at short smart passes.

    What do you gus think is best:

    1, Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    2, Taylor Beye Faye Enrique
    3, Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique
    4, Geremi Beye Faye Enrique
    5, Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique (Faye in DM)
    6,Beye Taylor Faye N’Zogbia
    7, Other

  • ToonUSA

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Nice ED


    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    I have to laugh at some of you Nicky Butt was our best central midfielder last season and was excellent at the start of this season Compared to Geremi (2 Decent games for cameroon and the morons compare him to Pele)

    Stephen Carr(t horse) on the other hand has done nothing but f***k up since his signing in 2004 and now he is good backup what the hell is wrong with you!

    P.S. Without Butt, Milner, Martins, Taylor and Given (All who get ridiculed on this blog by the usual idiots) we would have been relegated last season and by the way some of the “suggested signings” are a joke .
    Unrealistic targets who play for champions league clubs. Some of you lot piss me right off!!!
    You sit behind your T.V.s and computers and slag off people left, right and centre.
    Would you be so negative sitting in the stands if any of you attended matches!!!

  • obafemimartins

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #29

    i think are the bad results are down to the music before the match. when it was that song by sham 69 we were winning a lot. we beat west ham, everton, tottenham and when we dont have sham 69 music we lose 4-1 to pompey 3-0 to liverpool and lotsof other bad results. we also had a draw with villa with the sham 69 music

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #30

    1 obviously

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Last season is last season, if they are shit this season, they are shit, get rid of them.

  • milner fan

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #32

    why do you think utd were so open to get Butt out? he was class about 5 seasons ago. But sadly he would only make the bench for a championship game. Ship him out in the summer. Bench him until then or reserves.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Your saying people who ridicule Butt are idiots, ok 95% of this blog are idiots. Bit ignorant arent you.

  • Rich

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Tez- Ye he played Centre back with Marseille. I dont see it as a long term position for him but possibly for the rest of the season id play

    Geremi Beye Faye Enrique.

    I think it might tighten us up a bit at the back, cant be any worse!Geremi is obviously on form away from home and as you say i dont like him in CM so think he could do a job here

  • daiv

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Faye is quality and so is Beye. The rest of Sams buys have been rubbish. Butt, Smith and Carr must be transferred to Hartlepool Reserves immediately for two bob. If Keegan insists on playing these morons we are doomed and the Mackems must be paying his wages because he must be picking them to get us relegated.


    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #36

    I am not saying Butt warrants a place in the starting line up i just wish to say that as a season ticket holder of a lot of years Butt over the last couple of years he has played a lot better than you arm chair viewers give him credit for.
    Tom toon read my post again prick i said Martins, Milner, Given and Taylor also get unwarranted stick. How you an call me ignorant you make stupid suggestions on players youve seen on the web and take the piss out of good players suggested by Ed on the post last night.
    P.S. You suggest we buy Danny Shittu and call me ignorant on football matters.

  • dsr

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #37

    surely the answer to that is yes?
    anyway, agree with you on peoples transfer targets. its nice to come to this site for a bit of sensible chat, not to hear how great our team will be when its lined up as follows:

    Kennedy Bakircioglu/Superman/Chikhaoui/Figo

    Seriously guys, get real. Why not put your copy of Football Manager to good use and go find some targets we could actually get?

    Ttally disagree with you though Craigg on nicky butt. Yes he was decent last season, but he is still utter garbage this. Its note his fault – hes not picking himself after all, but he really should either learn to pass the ball (rather than shoot) or p*ss off.

    Agree with some of the earlier postings – just feel so underwhelmed about our team. Much as they could be t0ssers, I miss the days when we had a team of Dyers, Bellamys, Solanos and Roberts. Just thinking of all that pace and raw energy, and comparing it with the slow, mid-championship standard, sideways passing wasters we now have. My god i feel like crying.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Ino what your post read, i picked out nicky butt as he gets the most stick. Danny Shittu is a good stop gap until we can get a high class player.
    I can dismiss some of those utterly shite english player suggested yesterday as they are overrated, overpriced, overpaid underachievers.

    dsr – you put Chikhaoui, Kennedy and Colccini in with those others. Those 3 who are very realistic, alhough never seen Kennedy suggested.

  • dsr

    Feb 15, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #39

    oh, and why does it matter if someone is an ‘armchair supporter’? Yes Tom_Toon is a little too obsessed with FM but thats not his fault – its very addictive. Just because you go to the ground more than others doesnt mean their opinions are worth less than yours. There were people in the ground busy abusing Scott Parker out of the club, and the ones chanting at Mido away to Boro last year… I guess I should still bow to their sperior football knowledge and shut my trap because they managed to bag season tickets and I – living in london – cant go to the game?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #40

    the funny ting is i dont have fm or have i ever played on it 😉

    dsr sounds like dragoner



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