Kevin Keegan said today he feels the squad has been given a big lift, since our four African players returned from the African Cup of Nations in Ghana.
From top left clockwise – Faye, Beye, Martins and Geremi
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œIf you get four international players coming back into the squad, it is bound to make a difference.â€ â€œThey are not internationals for any other reason than they are very good players.â€
â€œThey give us options, we can play different ways with them.â€ â€œThey are different players to the ones that were here before, big and strong in the case of Faye and pacey in the case of Beye.â€
Our form has been terrible since our last league win on December 15th against Fulham at Craven Cottage. The only good performance was when we won 4-1 in January against Stoke City – but that was in the FA Cup. And we’ve only kept one clean sheet in the league since then, against Bolton, in our 0-0 draw at home on 19th January.
In the last 9 league games weâ€™ve lost 6 and drawn 3. Weâ€™ve conceded 21 goals and scored just 5 goals. So what do we make from these stats?
A big improvement is overdue of course , and we can start that tomorrow. 😀
Keegan continued to talk about the return of our four returning African players from Ghana.
â€œWhen you have got a small squad and you lose four players, thatâ€™s a lot to lose.â€ â€œAny club losing that amount of players would feel that the squad is a bit short as they are all inter-nationals playing at the top level.â€
â€œIt is great to have them back and I have been very impressed with the attitude of them as well.â€ â€œThey have come back and I know when you get a new manager in, it means a new beginning for a lot of players, so you do get an initial wave of enthusiasm.â€
The four players, whether you like them as players or not, are solid and positive characters, and excellent professionals. We’re very pleased to have all four in our squad and we think they can all do a job for us this season and in seasons ahead of us – it certainly sounds like Kevin is impressed.
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